Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has launched a stunning tirade against BCCI in the wake of the T20 World Cup postponement. Known for making controversial comments every now and then, Shoaib Akhtar is not at all impressed with the ICC’s decision to postpone the marquee event this year which was scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia.
Earlier this week, the governing body of the game announced the fate of the tournament. And while the decision from the ICC did not really take anyone by surprise, Shoaib Akhtar is not at all impressed with it. Cricket Australia had already stated that the chances of hosting the competition in present condition are unrealistic.
But Shoaib Akhtar believes the ICC postponed the tournament under the influence of BCCI as he took shots at the Indian cricket board. The former cricketer dragged in the ‘Monkeygate’ controversy to indicate that the BCCI gets preferential treatment. He was referring to the infamous incident that took place during the Sydney Test between India and Australia in 2008.
Shoaib Akhtar said that BCCI’s influence ‘saved’ Harbhajan Singh during the controversy surrounding Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. The former Pakistan international also said that India gets easy wickets. He then went on to take a dig at Australia too as he questioned their ethics.
“Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” Shoaib Akhtar told Geo Cricket on a YouTube show.
“You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They [BCCI] said to end the series and they [Australian Board] said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic,” added Shoaib Akhtar.
Before the T20 World Cup’s postponement, the Asia Cup was postponed too. Speaking about that, Shoaib Akhtar said that the tournaments could have taken place as per schedule.
“Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don’t want to get into that.
“T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” he said.