Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is completely disappointed because Pakistani players ignore Test cricket and instead choose to play more cricket with limited overs. Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from all forms of competition last December. A year earlier, he had already stopped testing cricket at the age of 27.
Another senior pacemaker in Wahab Riaz apparently also swerved away to play in the five-day format and use his powers to play more cricket.
Shoaib Akhtar has now paralyzed the players; he says that if things had come under his command, he would have asked the players to play red ball cricket, only then would they be able to play other formats.
He understands that preparing for Test cricket requires a higher level of fitness, but cricketers must be prepared to train harder to represent their country.
“If the policy was in my hand, I would have told the players that if you want to play for Pakistan, you have to play Test cricket. I’ll drive you, I’ll make you a star. I want 12 tests a year and I will let you practice and learn.
‘Even then if he does not do the necessary, no central contract. You will not even play T20s, “Shoaib Akhtar said on Cricket Pakistan’s YouTube channel.
I would tell them not to play T20Is too and go home: Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar further said that he would tell those players to ‘go home and rest’ and that they do not also allow T20Is to play for Pakistan if they refuse to play in Test cricket. According to ‘Rawalpindi Express’, young people need to be cared for and invested which will help Pakistan in the future.
‘I’ll tell them not to play T20Is too and go home and rest. I would rather work with 16-year-olds. I would bring boys from all over Pakistan and invest in it, ‘the 45-year-old former speedster added.