Shoaib Akhtar blames BCCI for the postponement of the T20 World Cup in the last tirade | Cricket News
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MUMBAI: In a scathing attack on BCCI, former Pakistan sprinter Shoaib Akhtar has alleged that the Indian cricket board played a role in the ICC by postponing the T20 World Cup later this year to provide a window for the Indian Premier League (IPL)
Akhtar also opined that the Asian Cup, which was canceled earlier this month, could have been retained. “The Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great opportunity for India and Pakistan to play each other.” There are many reasons behind this. I don’t want to go into that, ”Akhtar told Geo Cricket on YouTube.
“The T20 World Cup could also have happened, but I had already said before that they will not let it happen. IPL should not be harmed, let the World Cup go to hell, “said Akhtar.
The postponement of the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia from October 18 to November 15, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has meant that it is a great opportunity for the IPL to take place later this year. BCCI plans to organize the tournament in the UAE.
Akhtar also got into the ‘Monkeygate’ controversy, which took place in 2008, to illustrate his point. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ indicated that it was the influence of the BCCI that ‘saved’ Harbhajan singh during the controversy surrounding Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. The Indian off-road veteran was accused of throwing racial teasing at Australian Andrew Symonds during the second test in Sydney.
“Sometimes in Melbourne you get easy wickets, sometimes someone calls someone else cute but you save yourself, there is talk of boycotting the series. I ask Australians, where is their ethics? Akhtar said. He also criticized Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the controversial episode.
“You made the kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they ran away calling someone cute. They (the BCCI) said they would end the series and they (the Australian Board) said no such incident occurred. Are these your moral foundations, didn’t you get the sounds in the microphone? Akhtar asked.