Former Pakistan player Shoaib Akhtar blasted at the modern-day rules of the game that gives the batters some extra advantage against the bowlers.
The ICC has brought some new rules like increasing the number of Decision- Review-System (DRS) up to three and the restrictions on bouncers in an over.
Shoaib Akhtar slams modern-day rules of cricket
Akhtar has claimed 444 international wickets from 224 matches across all formats and head his own shares of battles against Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar on the pitch.
Tendulkar, who allured the cricket fans with his captivating shots, is the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. The former Indian player has scored 3,4357 runs from 664 games across all formats.
I really pity Sachin Tendulkar: Shoaib Akhtar
Akhtar said that had the provisions of three DRS been during Tendulkar’s playing days, the legendary player would have scored ample runs in his career.
“You have two new balls. You have made the rules stricter. You give so much leverage to batsmen nowadays. You now allow three reviews. If we had three reviews during the time of Sachin, he would have made 1 lakh runs!” Akhtar said on his official YouTube channel.
“I really pity him. The reason I pity Sachin is he initially played against Wasim (Akram) and Waqar (Younis), he played against Shane Warne, then he faced (Brett) Lee and Shoaib (Akhtar), and later he played the next generation of fast bowlers. That’s why I call him a very tough batsman.
“It’s very batting-oriented cricket nowadays. Earlier, As a batsman, even you would enjoy fast bowlers approaching you with hair flying, bowling bouncers,” he added.
Akhtar recently participated in the Legends League Cricket and picked a couple of wickets for Asia Lions playing against Indian Maharajas.