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“Way the batters insult bowlers these days, I wouldn’t have tolerated that”: Shoaib Akhtar

Cricket"Way the batters insult bowlers these days, I wouldn't have tolerated that": Shoaib Akhtar

Srinagar: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is relieved that he is not playing cricket currently as bowlers suffer in the modern day cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar is currently in UAE for ILT20, and was speaking about the rise of T20 leagues.

“We will have to see the priorities. The players now have to plan their year according to their national team and the league schedules at the same time. It is difficult for the players to manage their careers because they are playing way too much T20 cricket. But this is the way forward, right? And this is the way forward for broadcasters. Because they are demanding the shortest format of cricket. The interest of this generation has been reduced to one or two hours. As I said, the priorities have changed. But I’m glad that cricket is growing; I want this game to be global rather than a couple of regions,” Akhtar was quoted by Hindustan Times.

“If I was still playing? Thank god I’m not playing in this era! The way the batters insult bowlers these days, I wouldn’t have tolerated that. Having said that, it would’ve been difficult. I used to get warm-up in four years. In a season, I used to bowl around 800-900 overs. I would’ve played around 20 leagues in a season,” said the ‘Rawalpindi Express’.

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