KARACHI: Former cricketer and commentator Shoaib Akhtar mentioned Thursday he was “really, really angry” after the Pakistan Tremendous League 2021 (PSL 2021) was postponed earlier within the day because of gamers testing constructive for the novel coronavirus.
Recognized for lashing out at virtually all the things, Akhtar — who was nicknamed the Rawalpindi Categorical for his sheer tempo — lambasted the Pakistani cricket authorities in his newest rant for what he claimed was their lack of expertise. “Disturbed & disheartened by PSL postponement,” he wrote.
“These people couldn’t maintain a bio-secure bubble for such a high profile tournament. Sad.”
“Those who never organised tape-ball cricket are organising PSL! Those who don’t even know how to write prescriptions — can you believe it? — this has happened with me, with the PCB doctors,” he mentioned.
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Visibly aggravated, the veteran Pakistani cricketer commented on how the picture of the game was dented throughout the globe. “So again I’m really, really angry that the PSL brand came to a stop and was ruined and its reputation damaged.
“What message are we sending to the world?” he asked.
Probe at ‘highest level of the govt’
Shoaib Akhtar went on to demand a probe into the matter, saying it needed “to be checked out on the highest stage of the federal government”.
“So I desire a actually, actually extremely certified — with honourable folks — on the investigation [and] not by way of the board,” he said, referring to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
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The commentator has in the past too made video statements, expressing his indignation and displeasure over various issues related to Pakistani cricket.
He last made headlines when he had lashed out at the PCB for releasing what he termed was “the worst tune” in “the historical past of the PSL”.
“If the ten worst songs of the PSL are compiled, this tune will probably be primary,” he said, referring to “Groove Mera,” the 2021 anthem sung by veteran singer Naseebo Lal, 25-year-old Aima Baig, and rapper duo Young Stunners. “Do you will have any disgrace?”
‘What have you done?’
The former pacer had mocked the PSL 2021 anthem by saying his children stopped talking to him ever since he played it for them. “My children are fearful of this tune. After they do not sleep, I inform them I am going to play it for them. That instantly scares them,” he said.
Akhtar went as far as to say even the singers who sang the anthem “didn’t know the that means of the phrase groove”.
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“Neither did I get the lyrics nor the tune. What does groove imply? What’s groove,” he asked, before adding that he would “file a severe case towards the PCB by way of his YouTube movies” for making such an awful song.
The buffed-up, right-arm fast bowler, who apparently dislikes and lashes out at multiple things from time to time, also attacked Young Stunners over their fashionable, vibrant suits in the PSL 2021 anthem’s video.
“What have you ever finished? You hid the garments of our Chief Selector Mohammad Waseem and dressed the rappers in them,” he said.
PCB’s legal dept ‘rotten to the core’
Prior to that, Shoaib Akhtar had slammed the PCB’s legal department for being “rotten to the core” in an incredible tirade in the aftermath of the Umar Akmal ban.
“The board has given cowl to, saved, and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I’ll serve my six-month or two years ban however will probably be again once more like Sharjeel Khan’,” Akhtar said.
The practice helped entrench the match-fixing menace into the system, he had stated, calling for the criminalisation of corrupt elements thorough the Parliament.
‘Tafazzul Rizvi inept person of highest order’
Akhtar had also ripped apart PCB’s legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi, whom he described as an “inept particular person” for being hard on Akmal but not being able to “learn a primary contract”.
“Tafazzul Rizvi, specifically, is one such particular person,” he had said. “He has deep connections and has been with the board for 10-15 years.
“What angered me the most was when he dragged Shahid Afridi in courts. I believe that stars are born and must be respected, and these lawyers use our high-profile cases to earn fame.
“He’s an fool of the very best order and has misplaced instances towards me, Afridi, doping case … all the things. What he does is that he pits PCB towards its gamers and earnings off of their authorized wrangles.
Rs10-million defamation swimsuit
In response, Rizvi, the adviser, had filed a Rs10-million defamation swimsuit towards Akhtar, saying quick bowler’s remarks “affected my goodwill”.
“He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” the adviser vowed, warning of taking motion towards Akhtar outdoors of Pakistan too.
Later, the Federal Investigation Company’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing additionally reportedly summoned the fast-bowling nice however his staff denied receiving any discover.
“My client has not received any notice from the FIA,” his lawyer, Abuzar Salman Niazi, had instructed Geo Information. “If a notice is received, we will respond with a reasonable answer.”
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