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One of the most talented and certainly one of the most colourful players in the history of cricket, Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery ever, clocking in at Having taken more than wickets in his international career, Shoaib has seen it all-the best matches, the most exciting tournaments, the highs and lows of personal achievement and failure. Controversially Yours is his take on the game, on his peers, on the fraught tussles between bowlers and batsmen and, of course, the institutions that control the sport, including the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board.
From the early days of struggle to the World Cup, this is Shoaibs story in his own words, straight from the heart. A legend of Pakistan cricket, Shoaib Akhtar is a former right-arm fast bowler, who is regarded as the fastest bowler in the world. He retired from international cricket after the Cricket World Cup. Anshu Dogra is the director of Manana and has been leading research-based programmes for the past two decades. She is a published author and journalist. Her work has focused on gender, history and culture and she enjoys writing about her travels.
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He married Rubab Khan on 25 June A good student, Akhtar was admitted to the Asghar Mall college , but disrupted his studies to attend trials for the PIA team 's Karachi division to be held in Lahore. Lacking the money for a bus ticket, he waited for the bus to start and got onto the roof. Considering his subsequent high profile in cricket, Akhtar's test career started rather modestly. He was subsequently included in the tour of South Africa during the winter of , where he played in all three tests.
He was notably the spearhead of a depleted Pakistani bowling attack in the Peshawar Test against the visiting Australians later in , when Mark Taylor scored his famous n. Subsequently, after 8 tests and 16 innings, Akhtar had accumulated only 18 wickets to his name. Akhtar's run of impressive performances started in , during a pre-World Cup series against India.
It was followed by outstanding bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the Cricket World Cup. In , he was selected for the Pakistan team against Australia and achieved success. However he performed poorly during the Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. He was selected back into the Pakistan squad in the Test match series against New Zealand , but struggled in a losing Test series against India in 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.
As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. In , Akhtar regained his reputation as a fast bowler for his side.
Playing in a three Test home series against England , he made a series of impressive bowling performances. His effective use of slower deliveries proved to be unplayable by the English batsmen. Akhtar emerged as the highest wicket taker of the series with seventeen wickets. 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.
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". On 29 October , 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. Subsequently, he was included in the man Pakistan squad for the tour of India , which again he underperformed in series against India.
Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game. On 15 June , Akhtar made his return, taking 3 wickets for 28 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. In July , 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. Akhtar returned to the national side representing the country against England in the Twenty20 International.
He bowled an impressive spell and returned with figures of 2 wickets for 23 runs. 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. During the tournament, he announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. He was dropped from the squad after group matches and was not included in the quarter final either.
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Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in , Durham in and and Worcestershire in He did achieve his moments of success, such as taking 5 wickets for 35 runs for Durham against Somerset in the National League in 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.
This was particularly the case at Worcestershire: chairman John Elliott said "Players like that are no good to our club. In fact, Akhtar has been no good for any club he's been at.
He's a superstar and just does what he wants. 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. Defending a low score of runs, Akhtar took four top order wickets which ultimately led to the Daredevils being restricted to runs.
He ended with figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs from three overs, a performance which earned him the player of the match award. But he showed a lot of character. Akhtar's career has been plagued with injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. After a poor performance in the Cricket World Cup, he got involved in a verbal conflict with former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis. Later on Akhtar was sacked along with other players, including Younis.
In a triangular series in held in Sri Lanka, he was caught ball tampering making him the second player in cricket to be banned on ball tampering charges. In the home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team.
He was sent back from the Australia tour with a hamstring injury amid rumours of indiscipline, lack of commitment and attitudinal complaints. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Montasir Ahmed , Registrar at T. Published in: Sports.
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