Former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif have levelled some serious allegations against the International Cricket Council (ICC) and both are of the opinion that the T20 World Cup had to be postponed to accommodate the Indian Premier League this year.
The ICC on Tuesday decided to postpone the T20 World Cup this year to 2022 citing the coronavirus pandemic as the reason behind their decision.
This has prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to begin their preparations to hold IPL 2020 in the same window which has been vacated by the T20 WC.
The Indian board has all but zeroed in on United Arab Emirates as the country which will host the IPL this year due to the coronavirus crisis in India.
Pakistan stands to lose out big time, financially and in terms of their cricket with this move with the World T20 being pushed back and with their players not being allowed to play in the IPL.
Rashid Latif and Shoaib Akhtar claim they had anticipated this news months back when the IPL was postponed in March and question marks over the T20 World Cup were being raised by the cricketing fraternity.
Latif said all the cricket boards are involved in the decision-making and they stand to benefit financially if the IPL is played instead of the T20 World Cup this year.
“Cricket boards around the world, be it India, Pakistan or England, they mostly look at the financial packages. All the boards are in this together, not just the BCCI alone. Everybody was in agreement with this decision, it’s not just India who stand to benefit if the T20 World Cup didn’t happen.
“T20 WC could have been played but me and Rashid have said this repeatedly that they won’t let it happen, it won’t happen. IPL shouldn’t get damaged, the T20 World Cup can go to hell. India needs to save cricket immediately otherwise it won’t affect my era.
“The quality of cricket will decline but people will continue to make millions of dollars from the sport. Even the following will reduce just like it did in Pakistan after the 2017 Champions Trophy triumph,” Akhtar said.