[33] During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements. [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. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. 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. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak'. During the tournament, he announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. He achieved the milestone in … ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to discipline. In the 2004 home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team. He's a superstar and just does what he wants. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. [43][44], In August 2007, Akhtar was reported to have used foul language against Pakistan Cricket Board protesting the imposing of fine of Rs. Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest ball had a speed of 161.3 km / h (100.2mph) in 2003. He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. [25][26] Akhtar denied that he had any point to prove with his performance, stating, "I just wanted to win the game." 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. 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In an interview with Dawn, Farooq Hamid stated that due to dirty politics in Pakistan cricket and the 'Mohammad Brothers', he could only play one Test and retired from cricket at a tender age of 25. Shoaib Akhtar is the current holder of the record for fastest ball delivered. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first. Aryan Sawhney FOLLOW. In May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. He opined that many international cricket personalities such as Sir Don Bradman, Imtiaz Ahmed, Zaheer Abbas and others considered him as the fastest bowler, even faster than Charlie Griffith of the West Indies. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak' Former Pakistan pacer Farooq Hamid claims to have consistently bowled faster than Shoaib Akhtar … After Pakistan's poor performance in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he got involved in a verbal conflict with former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis. On 29 October 2007, Akhtar made his return to cricket, from his 13 match ban and performed well, taking 4 wickets for 43 runs against South Africa in the fifth and deciding One Day International series in Lahore in Pakistan. Shoaib Akhtar(Fastest ball: 161.3 kmph) Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as 'Rawalpindi Express' is … [2] Akhtar was nicknamed "Rawalpindi Express" and "Tiger" as a tribute to his hometown and fast bowling. Subsequently, after 8 tests and 16 innings, Akhtar had accumulated only 18 wickets.[14]. Shoaib Akhtar’s 161.3 kph ball is followed by ShaunTait’s 161.1 kph against England in 2013 and Brett Lee’s 161.1 against New Zealand in 2005. 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. "[56] A three-man appellate tribunal announced on 30 April that they had temporarily upheld Akhtar's five-year ban, deciding to revist the appeal hearing in June. On 2 July 2007, the Court of Arbitration for Sport dropped the case, ruling it had no jurisdiction to challenge the decision made by PCB. [7] Pakistani judge Rana Bhagwandas once stated that Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket. [9], He married Rubab Khan on 11 November 2014. "My honour has been vindicated and now the defamation lawsuit will not be pursued," Ashraf was quoted as saying. He did achieve his moments of success, such as taking 5 wickets for 35 runs for Durham against Somerset in the National League in 2003 and claiming 6 wickets for 16 runs in the same competition for Worcestershire against Gloucestershire two years later, but he suffered from fitness problems, as well as a perception that he was less than interested in his task. He has also played for Cyclones of Chittagong in Bangladesh's NCL T20 Bangladesh. 300,000 for indiscipline during the national camp in Karachi. [51] Even Asif chipped in saying that Akhtar was lying and that "Shahid Afridi had nothing to do with the fight", saying that "he has not apologised to me. Despite his relatively good bowling form, Pakistani coach Waqar Younis insisted that the bowling attack must not become reliant on Akhtar, as he is 35 years of age and fitness troubles continue to affect him. [3][4] He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. Akhtar returned to the national side representing the country against England in the Twenty20 International. "[24], Akhtar made a successful return to cricket in his first game in the Indian Premier League, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Delhi Daredevils. 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. Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in world cup 2003. Akhtar's run of average performances started in 1999, during a pre-World Cup series against India. However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. [50] Akhtar later claimed that Afridi was responsible for the fight, saying "He made some ill remarks about my family. Other established facts by the committee included that the duo were not aware of the banned drug to be present in their supplements because the Pakistan Cricket Board itself had not informed them of the dangers of contaminated supplements. Defending a low score of 133 runs, Akhtar took four top order wickets which ultimately led to the Daredevils being restricted to 110 runs. And I could not tolerate them." On April 27, 2002, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar created a world record by bowling a 161.0 kmp/h delivery to New Zealand's Craig McMillian in an ODI in Lahore. The highest electronically measured speed for a ball bowled by any bowler is 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) against England on 22 February 2003 in a World Cup match at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. [39][40], Akhtar and Asif, however, did not play in the subsequent Test match series against the West Indies because the Pakistan Cricket Board had recommended that they play domestic games first to recover form and fitness. In a statement issued to the press, he claimed that he could never cheat teammates or opponents. Over the years, Pakistan has given world-cricket quality speedsters like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar among others who gave batsmen nightmares with their speed and swing. He was subsequently included in the tour of South Africa during the winter of 1998, where he played in all three Tests. [30] Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman later stated that he had always suspected Akhtar of substance abuse due to his consistent "reservations" to drug tests. Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record for delivering the fastest ball in international cricket. His performance was also acknowledged by the English captain Michael Vaughan, who remarked "I thought he (Shoaib) was a big difference between the two teams". [37] However, on 5 December 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was cleared on appeal. Fastest Ball in History of Cricket Shoaib Akhtar. Mirza RashidLove PakistanHD Shoaib Akhtar The Speed Master (Pak Vs Aus 2nd T20 2010) Blaming the team management for not handling his aggressive attitude, Hamid said every fast bowler should be aggressive and it is the job of the team management to handle fast bowlers carefully. [8] Akhtar retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup. [41], World Anti-Doping Agency ( WADA) challenged Pakistan's decision to lift bans on fast bowlers Akhtar and Asif by taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. In an interview during the break in innings, Shoaib said, "I wanted to do it. Recalling an incident from the 1969 final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Hamid said that Hanif Mohammad was bowled by an out-swinging yorker on the very third ball he faced which was bowled by him. Top 5 fastest deliveries ever bowled in international cricket: Shoaib Akhtar: 161.3 kph vs England in 2003. The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. In his peak, Akhtar was a terrorising prospect to face for the best of batsmen in the world and used to bowl at an impressive pace consistently. In fact, Akhtar has been no good for any club he's been at. [53] Despite the ban not preventing him from playing in the Indian Premier League, the IPL governing council decided not to allow Akhtar to play in the tournament until the end of the ban or unless it is lifted. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. He subsequently obtained the necessary visa and returned to play with English county club Surrey. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. [36] Shoaib had subsequently been added to Pakistan Olympic Association list of doping offenders. [16] He is also known as one of only three bowlers to have ever broken the 100 mph barrier in cricket history, with a delivery of 100.2 mph, during a one-day international against England in World cup 2003[17]. [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. [34] He, however, failed to convince the committee of his innocence. [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 subsequently selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England in September 2010.[19]. READ ALSO | Sehwag troll Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani bowler in the latest episode ‘Viru Ki Baithak’ Or had he? He ended with figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs from three overs, a performance which earned him the player of the match award. This was particularly the case at Worcestershire: chairman John Elliott said "Players like that are no good to our club. Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. It was his second over that saw the Shoaib deliver balls at the speed of 153.3km/h, 158.4km/h, 158.5km/h, 157.4km/h, 159.5km/h and 161.3km/h, with the average speed being 158.06 km/h. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. [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. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. 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