LONDON: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) as he fumed about economic inequality in cricket.
Talking on a YouTube chat show, Shoaib Akhtar alleged that CA let incidents like the infamous Monkeygate controversy pass due to the BCCI being a financial powerhouse.
The Monkeygate scandal surfaced when senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged with racially abusing Australian Andrew Symonds during the second Test of India’s tour Down Under in 2008.
Akhtar indicated that it was the influence of the BCCI that ‘saved’ Harbhajan Singh during the controversy surrounding Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” Akhtar said.
“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 said.
The pacer had also talked about the T20 World Cup being postponed, with reports of the IPL taking place in the September-November window instead.
“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 said.