Shoaib Akhtar Slammed ICC for not including a single Pakistani in the ICC T20I Team of the Decade.
ICC T20I Team of the Decade: Former Pakistan’s speedster Shoaib Akhtar slammed the parent body of cricket for not including a single Pakistan Cricketer in the list of ICC T20I Team of the Decade.
International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the ICC T20I Team of the Decade on Sunday Afternoon and to everyone’s surprise there was no single Pakistani cricketer. Current Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam was the contender to get a feature in the T20I Team however it was not the truth.
Speaking on his youtube channel Akhtar propelled some fierce attack on ICC as they didn’t release the World-XI instead it’s an all-time IPL XI.
“They (ICC) didn’t even name a single Pakistani player in the team. We don’t need your T20I Team of the Decade because you announced the IPL team not the world cricket team,” Shoaib Akhtar on his Youtube Video.
The former cricketer told the current T20I rankings is ruled by Babar Azam and he should be inducted in the side of 20 overs format.
“I think Pakistan is also a member of ICC and they also compete in T20I Cricket. They did not even notice Babar Azam who ruled the T20I charts for years.”
The former pacer criticized the parent body of cricket for ruining the game for sake of money.
There is no one better than Babar Azam in T20I says Akhtar:
“ICC only thinks about money, sponsorships, and TV rights. They introduced two new balls and three powerplays (in the ODI cricket). Where is Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, the big five of West Indies, Wasim (Akram) and Waqar (Younis)? Where are the world’s fastest bowlers and leg-spinners? They went away because ICC commercialized and materialized cricket so much and allowed ten leagues to earn more revenue,” Akhtar said.
“ICC just want to conduct two World Cups in three-four years and leagues… There is a big difference between modern-day cricket and 70’s cricket. If there is no Shoaib vs Sachin then what is the point of watching cricket?” Akhtar added.
“Babar Azam is the biggest player in the T20I format. He is the top scorer for the country, his numbers are beyond imagination. It is so embarrassing and I am sure after watching this video ICC will think that they have to announce the combined World-XI, not the IPL-XI,” he concluded.
ICC’s T20I Team of the Decade:
ALSO READ: Virat Kohli wins ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade Award while MS Dhoni wins Spirit of the Cricket Award
ALSO READ: It is a great achievement to get the ICC T20I Cricketer of the Decade Award says, Rashid Khan