Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar never been known for mincing his words and recently he lashed-out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not taking help from former Pakistan cricketers for the betterment of young cricketers. In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that players like him, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan are available to help but the board doesn’t seem interested.
Akhtar gave India’s example and said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) got Rahul Dravid to coach the team and see the results he has got.
The legendary bowler further added, “They got India’s best middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid for the coaching role in the U-19 team. When you get a big guy, you need to pay him well. Here, Younis Khan went to take the job, the PCB offered him a job, and then they are bargaining with him. ’15 lakh nahi, 13 lakh le lo’ (take ₹13 lakh and not ₹15 lakh). He said, ‘take it back’. Is that how you treat your stars?”
Shoaib said the performance of the Under-19 team could’ve been better had former Pakistan players were given the opportunity to guide the youngsters.
The pacer further explained, “There is Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, I am here, just ask us. We will help the team. You think if we were a part of the U-19 coaching staff, the team would have performed like this?”
Akhtar further went on to shower praises on the Indian Under-19 team and said that they show maturity on the field because they have a mature mentor in Rahul Dravid.
Shoaib explained, “Indian U-19 team was so mature because they have a mature coach. They got India’s best middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid for the coaching role in the U-19 team.”
On Tuesday, India outplayed their Pakistan counterparts by 10 wickets in the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup.