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Shoaib Akhtar slams BCCI for putting IPL over T20 World Cup, monkeygate

Sports Lounge Staff



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New Delhi: Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar took a dig on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) as he fumed about financial inequality in cricket.

Speaking on a YouTube chat present with Geo Cricket, Akhtar alleged that CA let incidents just like the notorious Monkeygate controversy move as a result of BCCI being a monetary powerhouse.

The Monkeygate scandal unfolded when senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged with racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds through the second Test of India’s tour Down Under in 2008.

“Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, someone calls another person a monkey but gets away with it, there are threats to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” Akhtar mentioned.

“You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. When they (BCCI) threatened to end the series, they (Cricket Australia) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds?” the legendary pacer fumed.

“Forget all this drama, just say that we need money. The money comes from the BCCI, you quietly keep taking it,” he mentioned.

Akhtar additionally had just a few phrases about the T20 World Cup being postponed, with reviews of the IPL happening within the September-November window as an alternative.

“T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” Akhtar mentioned.

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