T20 Cricket: The T20 World Cup 2021 is ready to enter the Super 12 round this weekend after an entertaining group stage. India and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other in a highly anticipated match in Dubai on Sunday, and several former cricketers have already spoken out about the legendary cricket rivalry.
Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar, on the other hand, did not appear to be overly enthusiastic about the game, preferring to focus on the broader issue. Before discussing the match, the 46-year-old made some pretty daring and thought-provoking observations that would undoubtedly capture the attention of the whole cricket fraternity.
Shoaib Akhtar was quite upfront and honest with his answer when asked why the present generation of cricketers has grown reckless and why they do not give due respect to Test cricket. He criticised the International Cricket Council for the same.
Akhtar is dissatisfied with the ICC for spending so much money on T20 cricket
In an interview with Aaj Tak for their show ‘Salaam Cricket,’ Akhtar stated, “Who was the reckless one? It’s the International Criminal Court. Why is the International Cricket Council (ICC) emphasising T20 cricket so much? We appear to have forgotten about other formats. With the amount of money being poured into T20 cricket, I am concerned that in the next 4-5 years, we will just have leagues all over the world, followed by two World Cups, similar to what is happening in football.”
“Why is the ICC not promoting Test cricket?” wondered the former Pakistani bowler. which no one could respond He went on to say that there are currently just four teams playing Test cricket – India, Australia, England, and New Zealand – with Pakistan and other teams languishing at the bottom of the standings in the longest format.
Only India can save Test cricket, according to Shoaib Akhtar
The 46-year-old was visibly irritated with the world cricket governing body and went on to say that only India can rescue Test cricket now. “Right present, you (India) rule the world of cricket. Today, only India can save Test cricket. We are powerless to intervene.”
Akhtar continued his point by suggesting that past players such as Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram (both cricket greats) must speak out against the decline of the longest format of the game in order to save Test cricket.
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