Afridi however, denied these allegations adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for his intervention. As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. He's a superstar and just does what he wants. [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. [50] Akhtar later claimed that Afridi was responsible for the fight, saying "He made some ill remarks about my family. Akhtar has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of unsportsmanlike conduct, despite his commendations for significantly impacting games in Pakistan's favour. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. He is recognised as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. On 15 June 2010, Akhtar made his return, taking 3 wickets for 28 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. [21] Akhtar was selected for the tour of New Zealand and started his campaign off well with 3 wickets on Boxing Day in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand. In September 2007, he received a ban. He was notably the spearhead of a depleted Pakistani bowling attack in the Peshawar Test against the visiting Australians later in 1998, where Mark Taylor scored his famous unbeaten 334 in Australia's first innings. [46][47] After the initial inquiry, Akhtar was found to be at fault and was subsequently recalled from the Twenty20 World Cup squad[48] and was sent home. "[55] On 3 April, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf served a legal notice on Akhtar, calling on him to retract statements he made to a news channel, alleging the ban was punishment in return for refusing to give the chairman a share of his earnings from the Indian Premier League, Ashraf also sought damages of Rs 100 million (approximately US$1.6 million) for "defaming him personally" and an additional Rs 100 million to the Pakistan Cricket Board for "sullying the name of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Cricket team. [36] Shoaib had subsequently been added to Pakistan Olympic Association list of doping offenders. Shoaib khtar fastest ball 161.3 subscribe my channal more update #TENSPORTS After a clear hearing from Akhtar's lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, the three-man committee, voted two to one in favour of the acquittal. He further pointed out the politics in Pakistan cricket saying that it is politics that is harming the country's cricket. It was followed by high-class bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Shaun Tait – Australia. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar regrets not having used bodyline tactics against Sachin during 2003 WC. 300,000 for indiscipline during the national camp in Karachi. [31] Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq had also previously complained about Akhtar's drug abuse but was not reported to the Pakistan Cricket Board. He was selected back into the Pakistan squad as they had no choice in the 2003 Test match series against New Zealand, but struggled in a losing Test series against India in 2004. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. [12] After some struggle, starting his List A career during the 1993/1994 season and his first-class career during the 1994/1995 one, he caught the eye of Majid Khan, then the chief executive of the PCB, and after a good performance for the Pakistan A team's tour of England, in 1996, he was rewarded his maiden Test cap against the West Indies, in 1997. On April 27, Shoaib burst through the 100 miles-per hour (160.9344kph) barrier with a ball registering 161kph on a speed gun operated in the ground by … Akhtar made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. Hamid believes that he consistently bowled at a speed of 110/115 miles (177-185 kmph) per hour. However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. Known as the Rawalpindi Express for his blistering pace, Akhtar clocked 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) against England in a 2003 World Cup encounter at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa. Up Next. "[52], On 1 April 2008 Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players' code of conduct. [20] He continued to bowl well in the ODI series in the absence of regular fast-bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were suspended by the International Cricket Council amid allegations of Spot-fixing. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. He added that all his colleagues know what sort of treatment he was meted out from his captains. [38], On 5 December 2006 Akhtar and Asif were acquitted by the tribunal appointed to review their appeals. If that fails I will go to court, if that fails then I will go to the Supreme Court. Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the fastest bowlers to have graced the game. [37] However, on 5 December 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was cleared on appeal. [60], On 4 September 2008, Akhtar was sent back home from Heathrow airport by British immigration officials on visa grounds; Akhtar only had a visit visa but not a working visa, which is required to play in county cricket. Akhtar was selected in Pakistan's 15-man squad to play in the 2011 World Cup hosted by Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka in February to March. [43][44], In August 2007, Akhtar was reported to have used foul language against Pakistan Cricket Board protesting the imposing of fine of Rs. His effective use of slower deliveries proved to be unplayable by the English batsmen. He was dropped from the squad after group matches and was not included in the quarter final either. It was on April 27, 2002, that a fast bowler touched the 100mph mark with his lightning delivery. The complete drug testing procedure was concluded to have been technically flawed as it did not follow standard procedures. In July 2010, he was selected for the Twenty20 series against Australia but the selectors decided not to play him in the Test squad so that he would not get injured. Later on Akhtar was sacked along with other players, including Younis. In the 2004 home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team. Akhtar's career has been plagued with injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. [62][63], In July 2012, Akhtar accused the PCB stating that there was too much "politics" in the Board and some of its officials did not want Pakistani team to win. In May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. [45] In the week before the inaugural World Twenty20, held in South Africa, Akhtar was rumoured to have hit Pakistani teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat after an argument in the dressing room. Believing akash Chopra is one of the biggest mistakes a cricket fan could ever make.. Well talking about the speed of shoaib Akhtar, I bet he didn't cross 130kmph for sure. [22] In September, Akhtar released his autobiography, Controversially Yours. The series ended with a controversy when he left the field citing an injury leading to suspicions by former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, about his commitment to the team. [15] He was first picked to play on his home ground in Rawalpindi during the 2nd Test of the West Indies 1997/98 tour of Pakistan. Or had he? ALSO READ | PCB denies offering Shoaib Akhtar any role in Pak cricket amid the former pacer's claims. Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. [23], Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. [citation needed] On 1 March 2007 Akhtar and Asif were ruled out of the Pakistani squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup by team officials, minutes before the squad was to depart for the West Indies. Anrich Nortje aims for Shoaib Akhtar's record after delivering fastest ever IPL ball; RR vs RCB: Skipper Smith guides Rajasthan Royals to 177/6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak'. 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