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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

T20 World Cup can go to hell: Shoaib Akhtar not satisfied with ICC decision

The Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar & Rashid Latif allege on ICC for the postponement of T20 World Cup for IPL 2020.
Shoaib Akthar
Shoaib Akthar 

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday, have made their decision to postpone the T20 World Cup 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The postponement of Men's T20 World Cup have paved the way for BCCI to conduct the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year in September - November window. IPL is mostly expected to play at UAE.

While fans around the world being satisfied at least the IPL is being held this year, but the Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Akhtar & Rashid Latif are not satisfied with the ICC's decision. As there is no T20 World Cup & Asia Cup this year, there will be a big problem in the finance for the Pakistan Board. 

They leveled a serious allegations with the ICC for postpone the World Cup & letting the IPL to organise this year.

Shoiab Akthar said Geo Cricket that,"Ultimately a powerful man, or a powerful cricket board they run the policy and they make sure that you suffer. T20 WC and Asia Cup could have been played this year, this was a chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other but they let it go. There are a lot of reasons behind this I don't want to go into details."

"T20 World Cup could have been played but me and Rashid have said this repeatedly that they won't let it happen, it won't happens. IPL shouldn't get damaged, the T20 World Cup can go to hell. India needs to save cricket immediately otherwise it won't affect my era."

"The quality of cricket will decline but people will continue to make millions of dollars from the sport. Even the following will reduce just like it did in Pakistan after the 2017 Champions Trophy triumph," the 44-year-old Shoaib Akthar said.

Rashid Latif said that postpone of T20 World Cup benefited almost every other cricket boards. "Cricket boards around the world, be it India, Pakistan or England, they mostly look at the financial packages. All the boards are in this together, not just the BCCI alone. Everyone was in agreement with this decision, it's not just India who stand to benefit if the T20 World Cup didn't happen," said Latif.

"The T20 World Cup could have been played in February - March but it would affect Pakistan (due to PSL 2020). Then in April - May the IPL was scheduled so the BCCI would have been affected, then in November - December Australia are supposed to host the Big Bash League. Everybody in the ICC benefits from this decision now," Latif added.

Latif also raised question about the Ganguly's statement in Asia Cup's cancellation before it was made official. "BCCI Sourav Ganguly announced beforehand that the Asia Cup had to be cancelled even before the official statement came out. Whether he was told by PCB boss Ehsan Mani or the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, all this was pre-planned," Rashid Latif said.

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