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Shoaib Akhtar


About Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar is a fast bowler in the Pakistani Cricket team. He plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League.

Professional Biography

Cricket

Akhtar was out of the Pakistan squad many times for various reasons. He is out of his national side for quite some time and lately because of non payment of fine of Rs 70 lakhs imposed by the PCB.

Akhtar was selected for Pak T20 squad for the four-Nation Twenty20 tournament to be held in Toronto, Canada from October 10-13, 2008.

Akhtar was named in the team that plays the first ODI against England, post the 2010 Lord Test Match Cricket betting / Spot Fixing Scandal.

Other Information

  • Shoaib Akhtar declined an offer by Bollywood film maker Mahesh Bhatt who gave a role in the movie Gangster but has changed his mind when a Bangalore-based film director approached him later.
  • Reports say that Akhtar can easily make $25,000 to $150,000 a year through commercials.

Shoaib Akhtar in News

Twenty20 has affected technique of Pak players: Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes Twenty20 cricket has damaged Pakistan cricketers immensely, affecting their technique and fitness.

Shoaib Akhtar to play street cricket across Pak in search of raw talent
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is set to travel across the country, playing cricket in the streets, in a bid to spot talented young players and groom them for success.

Pak cricketer Sami's career played out like a 'cruel tragedy': Expert
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Sami has absorbed little, despite having access to some of the greatest fast bowlers that cricket has ever known, including Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, with whom his career overlapped in its initial two years, said expert Dr. Saad Shafqat.

Shoaib Akhtar planning comeback to cricketing world
The world's fastest bowler in his heyday, Shoaib Akhtar, is planning a major comeback to the international cricketing world, sources have confirmed.

My dream to play international cricket is alive: Pak bowler Irshad
Fast bowler Mohammad Irshad who has been playing domestic cricket in Pakistan, has said his dream is to play for the country at the international level.

Pak pacer Rahat Ali rues never playing alongside 'childhood hero' Shoaib Akhtar
Pakistan cricketer Rahat Ali, despite being named in Pakistan's One-Day International (ODI) squad, is sad that his childhood hero Shoaib Akhtar will not be playing alongside him at the international level.

Sarfraz promises better show in upcoming Asia Cup
Former Pakistan paceman Sarfraz Nawaz has promised a better show in the upcoming Asia Cup.

Javed says Pak bowlers Talha, Asif have potential to perform well in international cricket
Pakistan's outgoing fast bowling coach Aaqib Javed has reckoned that bowlers Mohammad Talha and Umaid Asif have the potential to perform well in international cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar escapes unhurt after ramming car into Pakistan PM's Secretariat
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar rammed his car into one of the barricades placed in front of the PM's Secretariat in Islamabad late on Saturday night.

Hafeez confident Pak team will 'bounce back and win' remaining ODIs against England
Pakistan opener and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has expressed confidence about the team's ability to bounce back and win the remaining one-day internationals after England, despite the latter taking a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Pak team making 'fool of itself' in UAE ODI's: Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels that the national cricket team is making a fool of itself in the ongoing one-day series against England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Shoaib Akhtar rejects Meera's 'proposal' claim as 'baseless'
Shoaib Akhtar has denied controversial film star Meera's allegations that the former Pakistan pacer had proposed to her.

PCB chief seeks 'qualified head coach' to achieve 'next target' World Cup win
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has said the team needs a qualified head coach to win the World Cup.

Abu Dhabi cricket pitch "nightmare" for fast bowlers: Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said the cricket ground in Abu Dhabi, where Pakistan and England are engaged in a Test match, is not at all suitable for fast bowlers.

Ex cricketer Saleem Jaffar says Imran Khan brought fast bowling tsunami in Pak
Former Pakistani cricketer Saleem Jaffar has said Imran Khan set the fast bowling trend in Pakistan, which subsequently led to the arrival of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to the scene.

Finn confident of breaking speed gun
England speedster Steve Finn is consistently bowling at 94mph, making him one of the quickest bowlers in the world.

Runaway Pak wicketkeeper Zulqarnain returns to first-class cricket
Runaway Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has made a comeback to first-class cricket almost eleven months after he last played for his country.

Gul says ball tampering comments were misconstrued
Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has claimed that his comments about ball tampering were misconstrued by the media.

Ex-PCB CEO slams Shoaib Akhtar's autobiography as "pack of nonsense"
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive officer Colonel (retired) Rafi Nasim has said that retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's recently-launched book is "a pack of nonsense in which the author has tried to portray himself a great cricketer and a 'saint' while dubbing others as troublemakers."

Akhtar's remarks about 'world's best batsmen' Tendulkar, Dravid "ridiculous": Malik
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said that he finds retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's controversial remarks in his autobiography "ridiculous".

"I saw Tendulkar's legs shivering while facing Akhtar's bowling": Afridi
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has supported retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's claims that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was scared of his pace, saying that he was a witness of "Tendulkar's legs shivering" in front of the Rawalpindi Express.

Akhtar's jibe will not affect Indo-Pak cricket ties: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said Shoaib Akhtar's autobiography might have created tension in the Indian community, but it will not affect the renewal of Pakistan-India cricket ties.

Akram slams Akhtar over 'Sachin feared his bowling' statement in autobiography
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has slammed Shoaib Akhtar's over his controversial autobiography in which the former right arm fast bowler has claimed that Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is also referred to as the God of cricket, was afraid of his bowling.

'Tendulkar, Dravid weren't exactly match winners,' says Akhtar
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said in his autobiography that Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are not match winners.

Akhtar stressed, hurt over negative publicity of his book
Fprmer Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is stressed and hurt due to the negative media publicity of his book 'Controversially Yours', co-author of the book Anshu Dogra has said.

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