"[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. He is recognised as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. And I could not tolerate them." [10][11], 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. 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. Subsequently, he was included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the 2007 tour of India. [59] 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. However, Hamid said that Pakistan cricket is lucky now as they have legendary all-rounder Imran Khan at the helm and he was hopeful that cricket will improve under him. [62][63], 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. [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. Shoaib has often been labelled the 'fastest bowler in the world' and it was this over against England on April 27, 2002 that truly earned him the speed king's crown. Pakistan cricket is renowned for producing top-notch pacers. [60], On 4 September 2008, Akhtar was sent back home from Heathrow airport by British immigration officials on visa grounds; Akhtar only had a visit visa but not a working visa, which is required to play in county cricket. Hamid went on say that after later, the commentators said that he was much quicker than Griffith and added that according to him, he must have been bowling at around 110-115 miles per hour. Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in world cup 2003. Hamid believes that he consistently bowled at a speed of 110/115 miles (177-185 kmph) per hour. Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. He was sent back from the 2005 Australia tour with a hamstring injury amid rumours of indiscipline, lack of commitment and attitudinal complaints. "[52], On 1 April 2008 Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players' code of conduct. Akhtar's career has been plagued with injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. "[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. 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. Akhtar was born in a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. "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. In 2005, Akhtar regained his reputation as a fast bowler for his side. [12] After some struggle, starting his List A career during the 1993/1994 season and his first-class career during the 1994/1995 one, he caught the eye of Majid Khan, then the chief executive of the PCB, and after a good performance for the Pakistan A team's tour of England, in 1996, he was rewarded his maiden Test cap against the West Indies, in 1997. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. 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 He further pointed out the politics in Pakistan cricket saying that it is politics that is harming the country's cricket. News 'Beast' Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar's record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball "Maybe a good wicket, some adrenaline, the right combination and I can do it this IPL" Akhtar's run of average performances started in 1999, during a pre-World Cup series against India. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. [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. [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. Then there was the Akhtar slower ball. READ ALSO | Sehwag troll Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani bowler in the latest episode ‘Viru Ki Baithak’ [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. Aryan Sawhney FOLLOW. [3][4] He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. [25][26] Akhtar denied that he had any point to prove with his performance, stating, "I just wanted to win the game." Shoaib khtar fastest ball 161.3 subscribe my channal more update #TENSPORTS '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) Afridi however, denied these allegations adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for his intervention. [7] Pakistani judge Rana Bhagwandas once stated that Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket. [49] He was also banned for 5 matches by the Pakistan Cricket Board. 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 … As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. He bowled an impressive spell and returned with figures of 2 wickets for 23 runs. Playing in a three Test home series against England, he made a series of impressive bowling performances. In an interview during the break in innings, Shoaib said, "I wanted to do it. 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. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record for delivering the fastest ball in international cricket. Fastest Ball in History of Cricket Shoaib Akhtar. Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game. He is recognised as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Lacking the money for a bus ticket, he waited for the bus to start and got onto the roof. [13], Considering his subsequent high profile in cricket, Akhtar's test career started rather modestly. [50] Akhtar later claimed that Afridi was responsible for the fight, saying "He made some ill remarks about my family. 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. The ban extended to all cricket for and in Pakistan. [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. IS Bindra, a member of the council, was quoted as saying, "Even though they [the PCB] have cleared him to play for IPL, we felt that international discipline needs to be respected. 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. [23], Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005. He ended with figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs from three overs, a performance which earned him the player of the match award. He was subsequently selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England in September 2010.[19]. [36] Shoaib had subsequently been added to Pakistan Olympic Association list of doping offenders. 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. 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. 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. [38], On 5 December 2006 Akhtar and Asif were acquitted by the tribunal appointed to review their appeals. Shoaib Akhtar(Fastest ball: 161.3 kmph) Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as 'Rawalpindi Express' is … [35], 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. Shaun Tait: 161.1 kph vs England in 2010 His father, Mohammad Akhtar, "from a hardworking economically unprivileged family of the Gujjar (kasana gotra or clan) community", who worked as a night watchman at a petrol station belonging to the Attock oil refinery, married his mother, Hameeda Awan, when she was still a teenager, and they had five children: four sons, Shoaib being the fourth after Shahid, Tahir and Obaid, followed by a daughter, Shumaila. 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."[27]. [34] He, however, failed to convince the committee of his innocence. [15] He was notably the spearhead of a depleted Pakistani bowling attack in the Peshawar Test against the visiting Australians later in 1998, where Mark Taylor scored his famous unbeaten 334 in Australia's first innings. If that fails I will go to court, if that fails then I will go to the Supreme Court. Top 5 fastest deliveries ever bowled in international cricket: Shoaib Akhtar: 161.3 kph vs England in 2003. Third on the list is once again an Australian that goes by the name of Shaun … 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. However the team performed poorly during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest ball had a speed of 161.3 km / h (100.2mph) in 2003. He was first picked to play on his home ground in Rawalpindi during the 2nd Test of the West Indies 1997/98 tour of Pakistan. [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. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. [32] Akhtar immediately declared his innocence and he declined knowingly taking any performance-enhancing drugs. On 15 June 2010, Akhtar made his return, taking 3 wickets for 28 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. 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. [33] During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements. [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. ALSO READ | PCB denies offering Shoaib Akhtar any role in Pak cricket amid the former pacer's claims. Shaun Tait – Australia. [5] On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticising the Pakistan Cricket Board. Shoaib was the first ever bowler who crossed 100mph barrier in history of cricket. [28] The rest of his cricketing career was riddled with ankle and knee injuries which forced him to undergo a surgery in February 2006, until finally he was banned for two years for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. In May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first. [9], He married Rubab Khan on 11 November 2014. [37] However, on 5 December 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was cleared on appeal. [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. Akhtar emerged as the highest wicket taker of the series with seventeen wickets. Akhtar was selected in Pakistan's 15-man squad to play in the 2011 World Cup hosted by Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka in February to March. 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Shoaib Akhtar is the current holder of the record for fastest ball delivered. Akhtar returned to the national side representing the country against England in the Twenty20 International. Farooq Hamid even reckoned that if Imran Khan fails to correct the cricketing system in Pakistan, then only God can save it. 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. 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. 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. His effective use of slower deliveries proved to be unplayable by the English batsmen. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery bowled in ODI cricket. In the 2004 home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team. [58] 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. In its report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Anti-Doping Committee recommended a two-year ban. [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. The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. 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