ICC has finished cricket in last ten years: Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar slammed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for making the game batting-friendly. The 44-year-old believes the quality of cricket has plunged over the years, with no intense rivalries left to evoke the interest. During a conversation with Sanjay Manjrekar for ESPNcricinfo's podcast, Akhtar described the plight of bowlers in the shortest format. Here is more.
Shoaib Akhtar expresses discontent
"Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. You did what you intended to," Akhtar said.
Bowlers are allowed one bouncer per over in T20 cricket
As per the current rule, a bowler is allowed to bowl only one bouncer per over in T20 cricket. As a result, the bowlers are usually under pressure as they only get a solitary shot to deliver the stock delivery. A number of eminent crickets have time and again vouched for adding another bouncer in order to create a fair contest.
Shoaib complains about the quality of cricket
Shoaib asserted the quality of cricket has fallen down massively due to this rule. "I have been saying repeatedly that change bouncer rule (one per over). You have two new balls and four fielders outside. Please ask ICC whether in last 10 years, quality of cricket has gone up or gone down. Where are those Sachin versus Shoaib contests?" he added.
'I would have produced genuine fast bowlers', says Shoaib
Shoaib also lamented the dearth of fast bowlers in modern day cricket. "Fast bowlers should be like leopards. I would have produced 12 fast bowlers and prepared them on every aspect, technique, mannerism, studies, diet, what to do with the body," he said. He added, "I would have built a complete brand. You don't get fast bowlers from people who are subservient."
Shoaib reveals how he would have bowled to Virat Kohli
Although Shoaib has never bowled to Virat Kohli, the former revealed how he could have deceived the Indian skipper. "I would have come wide off the crease and tried to shape that new ball out and lured him into driving. Something that Anderson has done with him. He would have scored as many runs as he scored now, had I also played," Shoaib concluded.Share this timeline