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. Mirza RashidLove PakistanHD Shoaib Akhtar The Speed Master (Pak Vs Aus 2nd T20 2010) ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar regrets not having used bodyline tactics against Sachin during 2003 WC. He claimed that the legendary West Indian batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by his lethal bouncer. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Akhtar's career has been plagued with injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. , On 1 November 2006 the Pakistan Cricket Board handed down a two-year suspension to Akhtar and a one-year suspension to Asif, banning them from professional cricket during the period. He was subsequently selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England in September 2010.. Stay updated on the latest IND VS AUS news, IND VS AUS updates, IND VS AUS schedule, IND VS AUS matches and more. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to discipline. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. , 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. Subsequently, after 8 tests and 16 innings, Akhtar had accumulated only 18 wickets..  He was also banned for 5 matches by the Pakistan Cricket Board.  However, on 5 December 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was cleared on appeal. Akhtar was born in a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Afridi however, denied these allegations adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for his intervention. On this day in 2003, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar became the fastest bowler recorded in the history of cricket when he delivered the ball at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h) – a speed … , 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. "Exceptional circumstances" were cited including discrepancies between the instantaneous offence charges of doping that were laid and the quick delivery of a very harsh verdict. Currently, Shoaib Akhtar's delivery bowled at 161.3 kph in a World Cup match against England in 2003 is regarded as the fastest ball in history. In 2005, Akhtar regained his reputation as a fast bowler for his side. 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.  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. 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.  He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. " 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. The Pakistan pacer, known for his raw pace, clocked 161 kph against New Zealand in 2002 and consistently clocked in excess of 151 kph during his career. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. 'Beast' Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar's record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball play Bishop: Nortje has brought skill and control along with pace (2:15) Shoaib Akhtar had broken the barrier and become the fastest bowler in the world. Shoaib Akhtar(Fastest ball: 161.3 kmph) Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as 'Rawalpindi Express' is … His comeback was also remarkable as prior to his return, he had been criticised from all corners; such as by the Worcestershire chairman John Elliot for his celebrity attitude and lack of commitment to the team.  Akhtar later claimed that Afridi was responsible for the fight, saying "He made some ill remarks about my family.  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. The complete drug testing procedure was concluded to have been technically flawed as it did not follow standard procedures. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. 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Lacking the money for a bus ticket, he waited for the bus to start and got onto the roof. From live updates to breaking news, Republic World brings you all the live updates online so that you don't miss out on the IND VS AUS extravaganza. 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. Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game.  He narrowly missed out a spot in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in place of the injured Umar Gul. 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". 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 Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. 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. He ended with figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs from three overs, a performance which earned him the player of the match award. Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record for delivering the fastest ball in international cricket. During the tournament, he announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. He has also played for Cyclones of Chittagong in Bangladesh's NCL T20 Bangladesh. His effective use of slower deliveries proved to be unplayable by the English batsmen. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. 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. The same year he was banned for one Test match and two One Day International matches for abusing South African spin bowler Paul Adams, during a match against South Africa. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. 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. READ ALSO | Sehwag troll Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani bowler in the latest episode ‘Viru Ki Baithak’ Knight Riders' captain Sourav Ganguly also acknowledged Akhtar's performance, "He came to the country with lots [of things] happening behind him...But he showed a lot of character.". The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. , Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005.  In October 2008, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended the five-year ban and Akhtar was selected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quadrangular Tournament in Canada. 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. , In August 2007, Akhtar was reported to have used foul language against Pakistan Cricket Board protesting the imposing of fine of Rs. In the 2004 home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team. 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. 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. Shoaib Akhtar is the current holder of the record for fastest ball delivered. This was particularly the case at Worcestershire: chairman John Elliott said "Players like that are no good to our club. 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Defending a low score of 133 runs, Akhtar took four top order wickets which ultimately led to the Daredevils being restricted to 110 runs. 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. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak'.  On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticising the Pakistan Cricket Board. info); born 13 August 1975) is an former Pakistani cricketer, commentator and YouTuber.He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. However the team performed poorly during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. It was followed by high-class bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.  On 4 May, the Pakistan Cricket Board's appellate tribunal suspended the five-year ban for one month, until they reconvene on 4 June, allowing Akhtar to take part in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Subsequently, he was included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the 2007 tour of India. ", On 1 April 2008 Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players' code of conduct. Playing in a three Test home series against England, he made a series of impressive bowling performances. " Meanwhile, Akhtar vowed to go to great lengths to fight the ban, "I will appeal, as is my right. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery bowled in ODI cricket. , 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 May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. 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.  A day later, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that they will no longer pursue the defamation suit following a reconciliation between Akhtar and chairman Nasim Ashraf at the house of Rehman Malik, a key political official, in Islamabad.  During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements.  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. It started after Akhtar was ridiculed by Asif and Shahid Afridi for comparing himself with Imran Khan. Akhtar made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. 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