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Shoaib Akhtar versus ICC heats up

 

He was the fastest bowler around when legends like Sachin Tendulkar,Brian Lara,Ricky Ponting played the game. Remember they were some of the finest batter against pace bowling to have played the game. The pacer mentioned here is the Pakistani great Shoaib Akhtar who played alongside some of the fiercest pace bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis,Aaquib Javed to name a few . Shoaib Akhtar the human being is much more colourful as well as controversial than Shoaib Akhtar the bowler. In recent past whatever he has said has either became headlines for positive reason or became headlines for negative reason . To add to this list is the ‘battle ‘ that is taking place between Shoaib Akhtar and world cricket’s governing body ICC.

Both parties are involved in battle of tweets. Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at ICC over tweet, posting a video of him bowling in which his bouncers hit Sachin, Sourav, Lara and Kirsten in the head.
Shoaib Akhtar makes a series of tweets against ICC. In one of his tweets he says ICC has “thrown neutrality out of the window”.

 

It all started with Shoaib in banterly mood told that with 3 vicious bouncers bowled at Steven Smith he will be able to get better of him in the fourth ball. It was followed by a tweet by ICC to which Shoaib Akhtar has taken exception to.

 

International Cricket Council’s (ICC) tweet had mocked Akhtar’s claim that he would be able to get the better of Steve Smith. Incidentally Akhtar had joked earlier in the week that he would be able to get Steve Smith out with his fourth ball, after hitting him with three bouncers. “Even today, 3 hurting bouncers and i can dismiss @stevesmith49 on the 4th ball. Lol,” he wrote. ICC responded to this tweet with a meme with Michael Jordan laughing out loud, which Akhtar took exception to. He suggested that the tweet shows how the cricket administration body takes sides between teams.

Later on ,Akhtar uploaded a video which showed him hitting the likes of Gary Kirsten, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Sourav Ganguly with bouncers. He tagged ICC and said they need to come up with new memes and emojis while he has real videos to show for .In November 2019 Akhtar in a YouTube video commented about Smith’s batting technique, terming it as poor.

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Subhabrata Mukherjee

A Banker by profession, Freelance sports writer for National & Regional Bengali Website.

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