Former Pakistan seamer Aaqib Javed does not blame the cricketing boards, who cannot compete with the pay scales offered by the Indian Premier League. South Africa’s home series with Pakistan saw the hosts field a second-string team since most of their first-choice cricketers travelled to India to participate in IPL. Aaqib Javed stated that cricketing boards find it hard to compete with IPL and BCCI due to the enormous amount of money involved.
Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, and Quinton De Kock left South Africa after the second ODI against Pakistan to partake in the IPL. While Pakistan emerged victorious even with them in the first ODI and lost the second only marginally, the Proteas could not win against the tourists in the third game and the opening T20 international.
Aaqib Javed pointed out that since IPL and BCCI is very strong, other countries have to offer a lot more money to stop their cricketers from going since they earn nearly $1.5 million in one and a half months. The 48-year old also observed that Cricket South Africa already struggle with administrative issues, further being unable to prevent their players from participating in IPL.
“IPL is very strong as well as India [BCCI] which means that if other boards have to stop there players from going there then they have to play them a lot of money which is a very difficult thing to do. Players earn around $1.5 million by playing in IPL for one and a half month which is almost double the amount they earn from playing with the national side. Also, South Africa cricket is already struggling due to internal administrative issues,” Javed told Cricket Pakistan.pk.
Jasprit Bumrah is better than Shaheen Afridi in death bowling: Aaqib Javed
The Punjab-born cricketer acknowledged that Jasprit Bumrah is an incredible bowler and better at death-bowling than Shaheen Afridi. Nevertheless, Javed feels that Shaheen is better with the new ball. Furthermore, Aaqib Javed stressed that Pakistan management must manage the left-arm seamer’s workload by adopting a proper rotation policy and he should play only crucial matches.
“Jasprit Bumrah is a really good bowler who is good at everything. Right, now he is better than Shaheen [Afridi] in terms of death bowling. Although, with the new ball, Shaheen is ahead of him. It is injustice with Shaheen to make him play every match. Pakistan team should manage his workload carefully. They should not play him when the team has lost the series or adopt a proper rotation policy. Shaheen should only play those matches which are important,” he added.