The ex-Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, renowned for his candid expressions, continues this trend with his recent evaluation of present-day cricket. In a passionate expression, Akhtar conveyed his discontent with the sport’s present condition, labeling it as a “FRAUD,” particularly lamenting the rule alterations that seem to lean favorably towards batsmen at the expense of bowlers. Watch the viral interview here:
Shoaib Akhtar voiced his concerns about the use of two new balls in one-day internationals, arguing that it has favored batsmen.
He raised doubts about the current quality of bowlers and fondly recalled the era of legendary bowlers such as Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Saqlain Mushtaq.
The former speedster paid tribute to iconic cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, and Jacques Kallis, lauding their achievements and attributing them to the challenges they faced in their careers, juxtaposing it with today’s game.
Akhtar criticized the contemporary state of cricket, labeling it as a “deception” and expressing frustration about the frequent use of two new balls. He questioned the absence of legendary bowlers and challenged current players to achieve a century with just one ball. He acknowledged today’s players for their financial success and fan following but emphasized that his critique isn’t out of envy. Instead, he invited them to experience the era in which he played.
Shoaib Akhtar, who represented Pakistan in international cricket from 1997 to 2011, was renowned for his rapid pace and assertive on-field presence. With 46 Test matches and 163 ODIs to his name, he secured 178 and 247 wickets, respectively.
Though Akhtar’s remarks might spark controversy, they add to the ongoing discourse about cricket’s evolution and its impact. Whether or not one aligns with his perspectives, Shoaib Akhtar undeniably remains a fervent advocate for the sport he deeply cherishes.