Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record for delivering the fastest ball in international cricket. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. Akhtar was sent home during a Test match series in Australia in 2005 for alleged poor attitude. Then there was the Akhtar slower ball. [38], On 5 December 2006 Akhtar and Asif were acquitted by the tribunal appointed to review their appeals. He was selected back into the Pakistan squad as they had no choice in the 2003 Test match series against New Zealand, but struggled in a losing Test series against India in 2004. Farooq Hamid even reckoned that if Imran Khan fails to correct the cricketing system in Pakistan, then only God can save it. Hamid also claimed that even Sir Don Bradman praised him as a pacer when he met him during the Australian tour in Adelaide. However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. He ended with figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs from three overs, a performance which earned him the player of the match award. The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is the Fastest Bowler in history of cricket. He added that all his colleagues know what sort of treatment he was meted out from his captains. 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. Subsequently, after 8 tests and 16 innings, Akhtar had accumulated only 18 wickets.[14]. Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. 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. He has also played for Cyclones of Chittagong in Bangladesh's NCL T20 Bangladesh. [36] Shoaib had subsequently been added to Pakistan Olympic Association list of doping offenders. 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. [33] During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements. 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's run of average performances started in 1999, during a pre-World Cup series against India. It started after Akhtar was ridiculed by Asif and Shahid Afridi for comparing himself with Imran Khan. [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. 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. Shoaib Akhtar had broken the barrier and become the fastest bowler in the world. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. [13], Considering his subsequent high profile in cricket, Akhtar's test career started rather modestly. However, among all of them and around the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered the fastest bowling player of all time. [18] He narrowly missed out a spot in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in place of the injured Umar Gul. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. 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. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Afridi however, denied these allegations adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for his intervention. 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. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first. Or had he? The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. Aryan Sawhney FOLLOW. 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 … 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. Fastest Ball in History of Cricket Shoaib Akhtar. Top 5 fastest deliveries ever bowled in international cricket: Shoaib Akhtar: 161.3 kph vs England in 2003. He subsequently obtained the necessary visa and returned to play with English county club Surrey. Up Next. "[55] 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. Known as the Rawalpindi Express for his blistering pace, Akhtar clocked 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) against England in a 2003 World Cup encounter at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa. [6] 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. Playing in a three Test home series against England, he made a series of impressive bowling performances. As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. [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. 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. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. [57] Despite Akhtar's later retracting his claims and also issuing an unconditional apology for "any grief or embarrassment that may have been caused to the nation, particularly to the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf", Ashraf's legal counsel filed a Rs 220 million (approx US$3.37 million) defamation suit against Akhtar in a civil court in Lahore on 2 May. Mirza RashidLove PakistanHD Shoaib Akhtar The Speed Master (Pak Vs Aus 2nd T20 2010) Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the fastest bowlers to have graced the game. 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. In 2005, Akhtar regained his reputation as a fast bowler for his side. [39][40], 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. 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. Akhtar made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. [20] 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. He was dropped from the squad after group matches and was not included in the quarter final either. After Pakistan's poor performance in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he got involved in a verbal conflict with former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis. Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest ball had a speed of 161.3 km / h (100.2mph) in 2003. On 16 October 2006 Akhtar was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board, along with Mohammed Asif after they tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. Shaun Tait – Australia. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak'. 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. Akhtar returned to the national side representing the country against England in the Twenty20 International. 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. [16] 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[17]. 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. [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. In 2002, he was selected for the Pakistan team against Australia and achieved a small amount of success. [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. ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to discipline. Subsequently, he was included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the 2007 tour of India. Shoaib khtar fastest ball 161.3 subscribe my channal more update #TENSPORTS Pakistan cricket is renowned for producing top-notch pacers. 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. "[54] Meanwhile, Akhtar vowed to go to great lengths to fight the ban, "I will appeal, as is my right. He bowled an impressive spell and returned with figures of 2 wickets for 23 runs. "My honour has been vindicated and now the defamation lawsuit will not be pursued," Ashraf was quoted as saying. [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. Later on Akhtar was sacked along with other players, including Younis. [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. 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[citation needed] On 1 March 2007 Akhtar and Asif were ruled out of the Pakistani squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup by team officials, minutes before the squad was to depart for the West Indies. In May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. In its report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Anti-Doping Committee recommended a two-year ban. Along with Akhtar who is famously known as the Rawalpindi Express, Australia Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, and Jeff Thomson have bowled some of the fastest deliveries in international cricket. [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. 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. Shoaib Akhtar is the current holder of the record for fastest ball delivered. 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. [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. 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. Stay updated on the latest IND VS AUS news, IND VS AUS updates, IND VS AUS schedule, IND VS AUS matches and more. [37] However, on 5 December 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was cleared on appeal. "[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. Akhtar was born in a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His effective use of slower deliveries proved to be unplayable by the English batsmen. He claimed that the legendary West Indian batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by his lethal bouncer. It was followed by high-class bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. He's a superstar and just does what he wants. [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. In a statement issued to the press, he claimed that he could never cheat teammates or opponents. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. [3][4] He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. 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. He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. No bowler has ever delivered this variation with a bigger drop-off in speed from their stock ball, and he bowled it with no discernible change in arm action. However the team performed poorly during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. [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. [5] On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticising the Pakistan Cricket Board. [34] He, however, failed to convince the committee of his innocence. The complete drug testing procedure was concluded to have been technically flawed as it did not follow standard procedures. [23], Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005. [2] Akhtar was nicknamed "Rawalpindi Express" and "Tiger" as a tribute to his hometown and fast bowling. The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. Defending a low score of 133 runs, Akhtar took four top order wickets which ultimately led to the Daredevils being restricted to 110 runs. Recalling an incident from the 1969 final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Hamid said that Hanif Mohammad was bowled by an out-swinging yorker on the very third ball he faced which was bowled by him. "[52], On 1 April 2008 Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players' code of conduct. [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. In September 2007, he received a ban. In a triangular series in 2003 held in Sri Lanka, he was caught ball tampering making him the second player in cricket to be banned on ball tampering charges. The third member, Danish Zaheer, differed. 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 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. 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. [8] Akhtar retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup. 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. Shoaib was the first ever bowler who crossed 100mph barrier in history of cricket. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. In fact, Akhtar has been no good for any club he's been at. info); born 13 August 1975) is an former Pakistani cricketer, commentator and YouTuber. Other established facts by the committee included that the duo were not aware of the banned drug to be present in their supplements because the Pakistan Cricket Board itself had not informed them of the dangers of contaminated supplements. "[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. [42] The ICC supported the WADA appeal adding that it was committed to a dope free game. 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. And I could not tolerate them." Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game. Shaun Tait: 161.1 kph vs England in 2010 He was sent back from the 2005 Australia tour with a hamstring injury amid rumours of indiscipline, lack of commitment and attitudinal complaints. "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. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery bowled in ODI cricket. Lacking the money for a bus ticket, he waited for the bus to start and got onto the roof. 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" In July 2010, 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. Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in world cup 2003. Akhtar emerged as the highest wicket taker of the series with seventeen wickets. On April 27, Shoaib burst through the 100 miles-per hour (160.9344kph) barrier with a ball registering 161kph on a speed gun operated in the ground by … Farooq Hamid further said that many leading cricketers were scared of his bouncers. [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. This was particularly the case at Worcestershire: chairman John Elliott said "Players like that are no good to our club. Taking a shot at the Mohammad brothers, Hamid said that it was because of the widely considered 'great' Hanif Mohammad and his brother Wazir Mohammad that he never played international cricket after the tour of Australia. He achieved the milestone in … During the tournament, he announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. 300,000 for indiscipline during the national camp in Karachi. It was on April 27, 2002, that a fast bowler touched the 100mph mark with his lightning delivery. Shoaib Akhtar(Fastest ball: 161.3 kmph) Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as 'Rawalpindi Express' is … [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. However, recently, a former Pakistan pacer named Farooq Hamid, who featured for his country in only one Test in 1964 against Australia, where he took the wicket of Ian Chappell, has claimed that he has bowled the fastest delivery in world cricket which is even quicker than the Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball. Injuries but for his intervention 's first three matches, Shoaib said, I! 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