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Wasim Akram against the idea of T20 World Cup behind closed doors

The 54-year-old believed that a World Cup was all about the atmosphere created by the fans

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Pakistan’s legendary pacer Wasim Akram is against the idea of holding the upcoming Twenty20 (T20) World Cup behind closed doors claiming that the mega event was all about big crowds.

The 54-year-old believed that a World Cup was all about the atmosphere, created by the fans, which will not be possible in an empty stadium.

"Personally, I don't think it's a good idea. I mean, how could you have a cricket World Cup without spectators," Akram was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India. "A World Cup is all about big crowds, spectators coming from all parts of the globe to support their teams. It's all about atmosphere and you cannot get it behind closed doors. So I believe that they (ICC) should wait for a more suitable time and once this pandemic subsides and restrictions are eased then we can have a proper World Cup.”

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The former left-armer also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to find a quick solution about shinning the ball, after banning the use of saliva.

"I'm sure fast bowlers won't like it if they are stopped from using saliva to shine the ball. They are allowing sweat but I can say for sure that it isn't the same. You shine the ball with saliva and sweat is just something of an add-on, a top-up. Too much use of sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet. I believe that they will need to find a reasonable solution. But I would say that they will need to find a quick fix to this problem," he concluded.