KARACHI: Veteran cricketer and commentator Shoaib Akhtar has known as for a probe at “highest level of the government” after the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL 2021) was postponed Thursday morning resulting from gamers testing optimistic for the novel coronavirus.
Akhtar lambasted the Pakistani cricket authorities 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.
Visibly irritated, the veteran Pakistani cricketer — nicknamed the ‘Rawalpindi Specific’ for his sheer tempo — commented on how the picture of the game was dented throughout the globe. “So once more I am actually, actually offended that the PSL model got here to a cease and was ruined and its status broken.
“What message are we sending to the world?” he requested.
Probe at ‘highest stage of the govt.’
Shoaib Akhtar went on to demand a probe into the matter, saying it wanted “to be looked at at the highest level of the government”.
“So I want a really, really highly qualified — with honourable people — on the investigation [and] not through the board,” he mentioned, referring to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The commentator has previously too made video statements, expressing his indignation and displeasure over numerous points associated to Pakistani cricket.
He final made headlines when he had lashed out on the PCB for releasing what he termed was “the worst song” in “the history of the PSL”.
“If the 10 worst songs of the PSL are compiled, this song will be number one,” he mentioned, referring to “Groove Mera,” the 2021 anthem sung by veteran singer Naseebo Lal, 25-year-old Aima Baig, and rapper duo Younger Stunners. “Do you have any shame?”
‘What have you ever accomplished?’
The previous pacer had mocked the PSL 2021 anthem by saying his kids stopped speaking to him ever since he performed it for them. “My kids are scared of this song. When they don’t sleep, I tell them I’ll play it for them. That immediately scares them,” he mentioned.
Akhtar went so far as to say even the singers who sang the anthem “did not know the meaning of the word groove”.
“Neither did I get the lyrics nor the song. What does groove mean? What is groove,” he requested, earlier than including that he would “file a serious case against the PCB through his YouTube videos” for making such an terrible track.
The buffed-up, right-arm quick bowler, who apparently dislikes and lashes out at a number of issues on occasion, additionally attacked Younger Stunners over their trendy, vibrant fits within the PSL 2021 anthem’s video.
“What have you done? You hid the clothes of our Chief Selector Mohammad Waseem and dressed the rappers in them,” he mentioned.