Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his thoughts on the future of the T20 World Cup and the IPL. Akhtar, famously known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’ believes both the mega-events won’t take place this year. Akhtar, just like others is concerned about the future of cricket because of the pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus. The former pacer also shares how he finds the cricketers can take this time to work on skills that will help improve their game.
Shoaib Akhtar feels the T20 World Cup might get postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Akhtar also believes the chances of IPL happening this year are quite slim. He adds how players have time to boost their immune system and get back strongly once the cricketing activities resume post lockdown.
“T20 World Cup, starting October 18 is likely to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I also feel that there will be no IPL this year due to the pandemic. But this break is the best time for the cricketers to work on their immune system and get back with the same intensity and vigor when the sporting action resumes,” Shoaib Akhtar said.
Akhtar wants to see Pakistan play against arch-rivals India in a series, once the world returns to normalcy. The former pacer believes this is the perfect time to improve the bilateral relations between the nations. It has been 8 years since India and Pakistan last played a series between them.
Akhtar has also praised India Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decision of keeping India under lockdown. The 44-year-old believes lockdown was the best decision taken by the Indian government. It will contain the virus and protect individuals from the deadly pandemic.
“It is high time when we can have a good bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan through sport. Lockdown was the best decision taken by the Modi-led government in India. That is the only way you can contain a pandemic like this,” he said.