Shoaib takes a dig to ‘Harbhajan-Symonds’ controversary
Former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar has pointed the dominance of Board of Control for Indian cricket (BCCI) by pointing the Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds controversial incident Speaking to Geo Cricket on a YouTube show. Before it, Akhtar pointed his guns towards the BCCI over the postponement of T20 World Cup mentioned the ‘Monkeygate’ controversy to make his point.
The former pacer feels that Akhtar indicated that it was the influence of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that ‘saved’ Harbhajan Singh during the controversy surrounding Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds by the influence of money.
“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?” Akhtar said.
Former veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh was accused of throwing racial taunts at Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second Test match in Sydney and Akhtar was referring to the incident which Harbhajan got saved later
“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,” said Akhtar.
Talking about the postponement of the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 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.