Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is not impressed with the way Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have treated the purest form of cricket. The two announced their retirement from Test cricket to focus on the ODIs and T20Is.
Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar said that if he gets the power to govern cricket, he would make Test cricket compulsory for international cricketers. If the players are not interested to play Test matches, they should be kept away from the national team.
He also spoke about the fitness required to play Test cricket and feels it should be of supreme importance.
“If the policies were in my hand, I would have told the players that if you want to play for Pakistan then you have to play Test cricket. I will manage you, I will make you a star. I want 12 Tests in a year and I will make you train and teach you. Even then if he doesn’t do the needful, no central contract. You won’t even play T20s.”
He wants that rules must be enforced to ensure that no player will be allowed to play the shortest format of the game if he refuses to play red-ball cricket.
“I will tell them to not play T20Is too and go home and take a rest. I would rather work with 16-year-olds. I would bring boys from all over Pakistan and invest in them,” Shoaib Akhtar signed off.