IPL 2019: Shoaib Akhtar disappointed with his name missing from Hindi commentary panel

IPL 2019: Shoaib Akhtar disappointed with his name missing from Hindi commentary panel

Fans are enjoying Hindi commentary this IPL season but without the Pakistan pacer.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Hindi commentary panel is doing a fabulous job in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They are entertaining the fans with their catchy phrases and interesting anecdotes. It is quite evident from the viewership as well as the response on social media. However, one prominent name is missing from this panel, that of former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who isn’t a part of the commentary team.

Akhtar was an integral part of this team. The pacer developed a fan base of his own with his critique. He analyses the game really well and puts forth his perspective which is usually interesting. However, both the cricketer and his fans are disappointed that he isn’t a part of the comm box anymore.

The Indo-Pak issues a reason?

Recently, the tension between India and Pakistan rose up after the Pulwama attacks. About 44 CRPF Jawans were killed and this was followed by air strikes and cross firings across the border. Even though the situations have eased up now, Shoaib Akhtar hasn’t arrived in India. Analyst and commentator Aakash Chopra put up a photo of the Hindi show commentary schedules for the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

The team included the likes of Atul Wasan, Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Manvinder Bisla, Jatin Sapru. “Hindi Commentary Roster #SRHvCSK #ipl,” wrote Aakash Chopra wrote in his tweet.

“My name is missing in that roster,” wrote Shoaib Akhtar in his reply to that tweet. The legendary bowler also added the pensive face emoji at the end of his tweet.

The Chennai Super Kings were without MS Dhoni for this match. The wicketkeeper-batsman injured his back in the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Even though he was playing football before the match, the 37-year-old chose to sit out as a preventive measure. Suresh Raina was tasked to lead the side in his absence.

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