Shoaib Akhtar Slams Cricket’s ‘Fraudulent’ Evolution: Two Balls, Limited Fielders Stir Controversy
Shoaib Akhtar Criticizes Cricket’s Rule Changes: Labels Today’s Game as ‘Fraud’
Former cricketing sensation Shoaib Akhtar has launched a scathing critique on the contemporary rules and regulations of cricket, branding today’s game as “fraudulent.” Expressing his discontent, Akhtar specifically pointed out the use of two balls and the limited number of fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
In his outspoken statement, Shoaib Akhtar expressed concern over the proliferation of runs in today’s cricket, citing the introduction of two new balls as a key factor. He paid tribute to legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, and Jacques Kallis, who excelled with the traditional single ball in the 50-over format.
Akhtar emphasized his support for run-scoring feats but hinted at a potential imbalance created by the rules, particularly with the allowance of only one ball in the past versus the use of two today. He argued that the impact of six fielders outside the 30-yard circle could serve as a reality check for modern batters.
The former fast bowler didn’t shy away from critiquing the International Cricket Council (ICC), accusing them of tilting the game heavily in favor of batsmen and treating bowlers as mere “bowling machines.”
Gautam Gambhir, a former Indian cricketer, echoed similar sentiments, especially in light of bowlers being consistently punished in the ICC World Cup 2023. The sentiment among cricketing legends suggests a growing concern over the balance between bat and ball in today’s cricket, prompting a call for a reassessment of the current rules and regulations.