Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest Pakistan pacers of all time. The former pacer is known for his witty and funny comments off the field. He is currently the brand ambassador for the ILT20. Akhtar believes the rise of such leagues on the tournament's sidelines. Akhtar admitted that the rise of these T20 competitions is inevitable, given the financial incentives they offer players and cricket bodies as well as title the players to play these lucrative leagues all over the world.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) launch in 2008 sparked light, the numerous cricket-playing nations to adopt the concept and founding their own T20 competitions, Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), then Pakistan Super League (PSL), and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have gained immense popularity in global cricket. The previous year South African board also inaugurated the SA20, and the United Arab Emirates launched the International League T20 (ILT20) which has expanded the viewership of the game as well.
But there have been several backlashes as the question has arisen that Test cricket has been on the verge of extinct due to these kinds of franchise cricket as the crowds are no longer interested in watching the traditional format of the game and a very little amount of the people are been an enthusiast about the longest format of the game due to the surge of the T20 cricket over the years. The game has also tilted in the favour of the batters and the bowlers have to produce individual brilliance to win a game for the side otherwise it is always the batters who do the winning job for the team.
We will have to see the priorities: Shoaib Akhtar
Akhtar told Hindustan Times, "We will have to see the priorities. The players now have to plan their year according to their national team and the league schedules at the same time. It is difficult for the players to manage their careers because they are playing way too much T20 cricket. But this is the way forward, right? And this is the way forward for broadcasters. Because they are demanding the shortest format of cricket."
"If I was still playing? Thank god I'm not playing in this era! The way the batters insult bowlers these days, I wouldn't have tolerated that. Having said that, it would've been difficult. I used to get warm-up in four years. In a season, I used to bowl around 800-900 overs. I would've played around 20 leagues in a season."