WATCH: “Fraud cricket hain aaj ki,” Shoaib Akhtar’s rant about MODERN-DAY cricket and explains why he respects Sachin Tendulkar

Akhtar particularly slammed the rules and regulations in today's cricket, about the use of two new balls.


WATCH: “Fraud cricket hain aaj ki,” Shoaib Akhtar’s rant about MODERN-DAY cricket and explains why he respects Sachin Tendulkar

Shoaib Akhtar and Sachin Tendulkar (Images via X, ESPNcricinfo)

Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar launched a scathing attack on modern-day cricket. On the ‘How Does It Work’ podcast on the Pro Pakistani channel, Akhtar lamented the way modern-day batters are playing cricket.

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He did not mince his words while calling today’s cricket “fraud” and explained why he respects the legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, and others who used to hit hundreds with soft balls in ODI cricket. Akhtar particularly slammed the rules and regulations in today’s cricket, about the use of two new balls, as he thinks batters are scoring 30,000 runs after the introduction of two new balls.

Three days, two new balls. Where are Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Saqlain Mushtaq? Bring them. Make a century. Fraud cricket hain aaj ki (Today's cricket is fraud). 
Akhtar said on the podcast.
Why do I respect Sachin Tendulkar? Why do I respect Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, or Jacques Kallis? They made centuries in 50 overs with a soft ball with six fielders outside. What type of cricket is this?

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The Rawalpindi Express then compared his playing days with those of present times, by pointing out how the cricketers of today are making money and gaining followers. He challenged cricketers to play like the old era.

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Shoaib Akhtar took a dig at Pakistani bowlers, saying none of them can be called proper ODI bowlers. Akhtar, as per Cricket Pakistan, pointed out that the Pakistani players played just 12 ODIs last year, so the bowlers are not familiar with bowling 10 overs.

Shoaib Akhtar
Pakistan cricket team (Image via NDTV)

The Pakistani team in the 2023 ODI World Cup consists of bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shadab Khan, and other part-time bowlers. Rauf became the bowler to concede the most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup (527 runs in nine matches).

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