ICC has successfully finished cricket: Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar thinks that International Cricket Council (ICC) has successfully finished international cricket in the last 10 years as there has been no perfect contest between the batsmen and the bowlers.
Cricket is now known as batsman’s game. In recent years, the game has been completely dominated by the batsmen. Speaking with Sanjay Manjrekar in ESPNcricinfo’s podcast, he said,
“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. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to).”
The 44-year old Akhtar feels the number of bounder per over should be increased to make a fiery contest between the batsman and the bowler. “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?
“But yes, I would try to outthink him (Sachin Tendulkar). Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” Akhtar said.