Former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif have severely accused the ICC of sacrificing the T20 World Cup for the IPL 2020 event.
- Former Pakistan cricketers have slammed the ICC after the cancellation of the T20 World Cup 2020.
- Pakistani cricketers have said that T20 World Cup has been exempted for the IPL event
- Pakistan will suffer big loss due to cancellation of T20 World Cup 2020
Islamabad: The ICC on Monday announced the cancellation of the T20 World Cup played in Australia due to Corona virus. This decision of the ICC gave a big shock to the cricket lovers all over the world and there was a big change in the sports calendar after the cancellation of this event. The cancellation of the T20 World Cup seems to pave the way for the IPL 2020 event. Due to the cancellation of the World Cup, the BCCI has got a window to host the Indian Premier League. But on this issue, the former Pakistani cricketer is taking out his anger on the ICC.
Won the World Cup for IPL
Cricket fans from all over the world hoped that the IPL 2020 would be held despite the Corona crisis. But from the perspective of former Pakistan players Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif, the conduct of IPL is not a good sign. Akhtar and Latif have also made serious allegations against the ICC of sacrificing the T20 World Cup for the IPL event. They believe that the T20 World Cup was intentionally canceled for the IPL event. Both believe that it took them long before the official announcement to do so.
IPL can be organized from September to November
The cancellation of T20 World Cup 2020 gives BCCI a chance to materialize the plans for the IPL 2020 event. The preparations for which are being held in UAE. This has been confirmed by the statement of IPL Steering Committee Chairman Brijesh Patel. The BCCI intends to organize it from 26 September to 8 November. The board is only waiting to get the permission of the Government of India to proceed on this path.
Pakistan will face a big loss due to the cancellation of the World Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board will face a big loss due to the absence of the T20 World Cup. Pakistani players are not allowed to play in the IPL. Akhtar also said that despite the corona virus, both the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup could have been held this year, but he indirectly accused the IPL of giving preference.
Powerful people decide the policies
Said Akhtar, “Finally, a powerful person or a powerful cricket board runs the policies and ensures that you are at a disadvantage.” The T20 World Cup and Asia Cup could have been held this year. India and Pakistan also had chances to play against this other but they let these occasions go. There are many reasons behind this decision but I do not want to go into its details.
Shoaib further said, I and Rashid have repeatedly said that they did not want it to be organized, so it was not organized. Do not harm the IPL even if the T20 World Cup goes to hell. India should immediately come forward and save world cricket.
ICC’s decision is beneficial for everyone
On the other hand, Rashid Latif said that the ICC decided to cancel the T20 World Cup because it is benefitting all the cricket boards. But he also questioned Sourav Ganguly’s announcement of the Asia Cup before its official cancellation. Latif said, be it any cricket board of the whole world, India, Pakistan or England all look towards financial gain. India is not alone in this situation. There was an agreement among all about this decision, it was not only India which has stood to capitalize on the chance after the cancellation of the T20 World Cup.
He further said, the T20 World Cup could have been held in February March but it would have affected Pakistan (PSL 2020). Had it been held in April-May, the BCCI’s program of hosting the IPL would have been affected. Australia is to host the Big Bash League in November December. Everyone will benefit from this decision of the ICC.
Regarding the Asia Cup, Latif said, Sourav Ganguly announced the cancellation of the Asia Cup before the official announcement was made. Was he told by PCB chief Ahsan Mani or someone from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. No, it was planned in advance.