Shoaib Akhtar the Rawalpindi Express
He is a Pakistani former international cricketer and commentator. Akhtar is the fastest bowler in cricketing history, with an unbeaten 161.3 kmph delivery against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup match in Durban, South Africa. Born on August 13, 1975, in a Punjabi Gujjar family in the small town of Morgah in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.
Shoaib’s father, Mohammad Akhtar, and mother, Hameeda Awan. Shoaib married Rubab Khan on November 11, 2014, and they currently have two young sons.
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Shoaib Akhtar made his Test match debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler.
Height:- 6 ft (183 cm)
Right-handed batting and Right-arm fast bowler.
National:- Pakistan (1997–2011)
His most notable performance came in 1999 when playing in India. In the Asian Test championship match in Calcutta, he took eight wickets, including the wickets of Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who he knocked off consecutive deliveries.
One of the fastest bowlers in the history of international cricket was said to be Akhtar. At 161.3 km/h, he achieved the fastest bowl ever recorded in international cricket since 1998, when bowling speed guns were introduced along with a new speed measuring technique. Along with being one of just three bowlers in cricket history, he made headlines in 2003 during a one-day international against England at the World Cup when he delivered a ball at 100.2 mph.
County Cricket in England
Akhtar has represented three English county cricket clubs. Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004, and Worcestershire in 2005. Because of his fitness and ailments, he was ineffective as a fast bowler. He did had his moments of success, such as capturing 5 wickets for 35 runs for Durham against Somerset in the National League in 2003 and 6 wickets for 16 runs in the same league for Worcestershire against Gloucestershire.
Akhtar made a triumphant return to cricket in his maiden Indian Premier League game for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Delhi Daredevils. Defending a modest total of 133 runs, Akhtar claimed four top-order wickets, limiting the Daredevils to 110 runs. He finished with 4 wickets for 11 runs in three overs, earning him the player of the match award. Akhtar denied having anything to prove with his performance, saying, “I just wanted to win the game. Sourav Ganguly, the Knight Riders’ captain, also praised Akhtar’s performance: He came to the country with a lot of things going on behind him, But he demonstrated a lot of character. He is a good friend of Ganguly and the great Wasim Akram.
* On October 16, 2006, the Pakistan Cricket Board suspended Akhtar and Mohammed Asif after they tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug nandrolone. They were so removed from the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq had earlier protested about Akhtar’s drug use, but this was not disclosed to the Pakistan Cricket Board.
* Akhtar quickly declared his innocence and refused to knowingly use any performance-enhancing substances. In a press statement, he asserted that he would never cheat teammates or opponents.
During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he and Asif continued to take nonsteroidal dietary supplements. He, however, failed to persuade the committee of his innocence. In its report to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Anti-Doping Committee suggested a two-year ban.
* On November 1, 2006, the Pakistan Cricket Board issued a two-year suspension to Akhtar and a one-year suspension to Asif, preventing them from playing professional cricket during that time. Shoaib was subsequently added to the Pakistan Olympic Association’s list of doping offenders. However, Akhtar was exonerated on appeal on December 5, 2006, while represented by his lawyer, Abid Hassan Minto.
* Accusations of a bad attitude, scandals, and injuries have dogged Akhtar’s career. Following Pakistan’s dismal showing at the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he became embroiled in a verbal altercation with fast bowler and former captain Waqar Younis.
Akhtar and several other players, including Younis, were later fired. He was the second cricket player to be suspended for ball-tampering after being found doing so during a triangular series in Sri Lanka in 2003.
* He was suspended for one Test match and two One-Day Internationals in the same year for mistreating Paul Adams, a spin bowler for South Africa, during a match. He was forced to return from the 2005 Australia trip due to a hamstring injury, which sparked accusations about his lack of discipline and attitude. He was later penalized by the Pakistan Cricket Board for violating the game’s regulations.
* Akhtar reportedly used derogatory words against the Pakistan Cricket Board in August 2007 in an attempt to stop the imposition of a Rs. 300,000 fine for insubordination during the national camp in Karachi.
Following an altercation in the locker room, Akhtar was said to have struck Pakistani teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat in the week leading up to the first World Twenty20, which took place in South Africa. It all began when Asif and Shahid Afridi made fun of Akhtar for drawing comparisons between himself and Imran Khan. Following the initial investigation, it was determined that Akhtar was at fault. As a result, he was sent home and recalled from the Twenty20 World Cup team.
* The Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed a five-match ban on him. Later, Akhtar asserted that Afridi was the cause of the altercation, adding, “He made some hurtful comments about my family.
* On April 1, 2008, Akhtar was suspended for five years for breaking the players’ code of conduct. The ban covered all cricket for and in Pakistan.
* Despite the fact that the ban does not restrict Akhtar from playing in the Indian Premier League, the IPL governing council has opted not to allow him to participate in the league until the ban expires or is removed.
YouTube and Television shows
Akhtar owns a YouTube channel, “Shoaib Akhtar’s YouTube channel” https://www.youtube.com/@ShoaibAkhtar100mph
Television :- He hosted Geo Khelo Pakistan, in 2017. The Shoaib Akhtar Show in 2023.
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Shoaib Akhtar Age.
13 August 1975
Shoaib akhtar wife age
Rubab Khan, 23 June 1994
Shoaib Akhtar height
6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Run up length in meters He crossed far the 30 yard circle