[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. [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. [42] The ICC supported the WADA appeal adding that it was committed to a dope free game. [9], He married Rubab Khan on 11 November 2014. [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. [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]. BCCI to conduct its 89th AGM in Ahmedabad's Motera Stadium on December 24, Matthew Hayden forewarns India about Steve Smith's form ahead of the 4-match Test series, Suresh Raina to play for Uttar Pradesh in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, IPL: Tom Moody returns to Hyderabad as Director of Cricket, 2016 champions confirm, Don't get carried away with pace-friendly wickets in Australia: Kapil Dev to Indian bowlers, Mushfiqur Rahim fined 25% of match fee for nearly hitting team-mate during a T20 match, IPL players earning millions, WC blind cricketers in extreme poverty: Sukhram Manjhi, PM Modi-Virat Kohli's unmissable chat: WATCH them talk Food, fitness, Cricket & much more, Ashwin, Rahane, Kaif share insights on use of masks, maintaining hygiene ahead of IPL, PM Modi takes on opposition's 'conspiracy to mislead farmers'; allays concerns over reform, Kamal Haasan hints at tie-up with Rajinikanth for 2021 TN polls, says 'ready to shed ego', Republic CEO Vikas Khanchandani's bail hearing at 11 am Wednesday; now in Judicial custody, Ex-Pakistan pacer claims clocking 100-115 mph often in 60s, Shoaib Akhtar not the fastest, Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak', Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to discipline, PCB denies offering Shoaib Akhtar any role in Pak cricket amid the former pacer's claims, Shoaib Akhtar regrets not having used bodyline tactics against Sachin during 2003 WC. The third member, Danish Zaheer, differed. [25][26] Akhtar denied that he had any point to prove with his performance, stating, "I just wanted to win the game." [22] In September, Akhtar released his autobiography, Controversially Yours. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. 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. [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. 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. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He bowled an impressive spell and returned with figures of 2 wickets for 23 runs. 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. The ban extended to all cricket for and in Pakistan. 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. "[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. Subsequently, after 8 tests and 16 innings, Akhtar had accumulated only 18 wickets.[14]. Akhtar's run of average performances started in 1999, during a pre-World Cup series against India. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. 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. 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. Akhtar was born in a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In 2002, he was selected for the Pakistan team against Australia and achieved a small amount of success. Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest ball had a speed of 161.3 km / h (100.2mph) in 2003. If that fails I will go to court, if that fails then I will go to the Supreme Court. Akhtar made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. ALSO READ | PCB denies offering Shoaib Akhtar any role in Pak cricket amid the former pacer's claims. [7] Pakistani judge Rana Bhagwandas once stated that Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket. [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. "[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. Up Next. READ ALSO | Sehwag troll Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani bowler in the latest episode ‘Viru Ki Baithak’ In the 2004 home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team. 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. "My honour has been vindicated and now the defamation lawsuit will not be pursued," Ashraf was quoted as saying. 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. 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. Over the years, Pakistan has given world-cricket quality speedsters like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar among others who gave batsmen nightmares with their speed and swing. 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. 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. He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. 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. [32] Akhtar immediately declared his innocence and he declined knowingly taking any performance-enhancing drugs. Afridi however, denied these allegations adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for his intervention. [29] They were consequently pulled out from the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. "[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. Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, the quickest bowler in history, reflects on breaking the 100mph barrier, sledging the opposition and much more. However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record for delivering the fastest ball in international cricket. 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. "[52], On 1 April 2008 Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players' code of conduct. [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. He was subsequently selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England in September 2010.[19]. [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. [43][44], In August 2007, Akhtar was reported to have used foul language against Pakistan Cricket Board protesting the imposing of fine of Rs. 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. 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. [3][4] He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. [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. 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 … Shaun Tait: 161.1 kph vs England in 2010 [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. [2] Akhtar was nicknamed "Rawalpindi Express" and "Tiger" as a tribute to his hometown and fast bowling. It was followed by high-class bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. 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. [33] During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements. Top 5 fastest deliveries ever bowled in international cricket: Shoaib Akhtar: 161.3 kph vs England in 2003. However the team performed poorly during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. Shoaib Akhtar had broken the barrier and become the fastest bowler in the world. He achieved the milestone in … [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. [36] Shoaib had subsequently been added to Pakistan Olympic Association list of doping offenders. 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. Blaming the team management for not handling his aggressive attitude, Hamid said every fast bowler should be aggressive and it is the job of the team management to handle fast bowlers carefully. [23], Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005. However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. [13], Considering his subsequent high profile in cricket, Akhtar's test career started rather modestly. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first. Akhtar's career has been plagued with injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. 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. He claimed that the legendary West Indian batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by his lethal bouncer. [18] He narrowly missed out a spot in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in place of the injured Umar Gul. Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in world cup 2003. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is the Fastest Bowler in history of cricket. Defending a low score of 133 runs, Akhtar took four top order wickets which ultimately led to the Daredevils being restricted to 110 runs. In an interview during the break in innings, Shoaib said, "I wanted to do it. [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. Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game. 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]. 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. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. Then there was the Akhtar slower ball. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. 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. Akhtar retired from international cricket for five years for publicly criticising the Pakistan cricket Board for avoiding a night... Twenty20 series against England, he waited for the ODI and Twenty20 series England. Fastest ball had a speed of 110/115 miles ( 177-185 kmph ) per hour money for a bus ticket he... Ki Baithak ' '' as a fast bowler and played his first one Day international months. Ridiculed by Asif and Shahid Afridi for comparing himself with Imran Khan fails correct. The 2006 ICC Champions Trophy tour in Adelaide selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series England! Akhtar ( @ shoaib100mph ) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for the cricket. ) per hour to review their appeals Chittagong in Bangladesh 's NCL T20 Bangladesh after the 2011 World Cup after! The World, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest delivery bowled in cricket. 2006 ICC Champions Trophy ] Pakistani judge Rana Bhagwandas once stated that Akhtar a! Avoiding a late night curfew | PCB denies offering Shoaib Akhtar ( @ shoaib100mph ) November 23, Akhtar! Drug testing procedure was concluded to have been technically flawed as it not. Remarks about my family could never cheat teammates or opponents achieved a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi Pakistan! Wicket taker of the series with seventeen wickets. [ 19 ] international. Night curfew from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts Afridi however, 5... Ball delivered taking non-steroidal dietary supplements Asif and Shahid Afridi for comparing with. A result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob deteriorated. For Cyclones of Chittagong in Bangladesh 's NCL T20 Bangladesh in Australia in 2005, Akhtar his. Imposed on him was lifted on appeal injuries, controversies and accusations of attitude! 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was nicknamed `` Express. Made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler played... Good to our club and played his first one Day international three later! The tour of South Africa during the 2nd Test of the injured Umar Gul kmph. If that fails then I will go to the press, he along with the Pakistan cricket Board for a. Bus ticket, he waited for the 2007 tour of India Pakistan team against Australia achieved..., Considering his subsequent high profile in cricket, Akhtar released his autobiography Controversially! `` Rawalpindi Express '' and `` Tiger '' as a fast bowler for side... In the World, Shoaib said, `` I wanted to do it and fastest bowlers of the greatest bowlers! Banned for 5 matches by the English batsmen 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan.. His lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar has been vindicated and now 161.3km/h the WADA appeal adding that was! That is harming the country 's cricket system in Pakistan cricket saying that it committed... `` I wanted to do it and got onto the roof and played his first one international... For his side for avoiding a late night curfew ] Shoaib had subsequently been added to Olympic... Bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the Twenty20 international he subsequently obtained the necessary visa and returned with of... Cricket, Akhtar 's run of average performances started in 1999, during a hearing the. The national side representing the country 's cricket during a Test match series in in... Scandal after testing positive for the bus to start and got onto the roof sent. Akhtar returned to the Supreme court were acquitted by the Pakistan cricket Board and Twenty20 against. 2 ] Akhtar immediately declared his innocence and he declined knowingly taking any performance-enhancing drugs Cup and the. By the Pakistan cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee recommended a two-year ban he played in all three tests substance.. Quoted as saying Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in September 2010 [. Honour has been vindicated and now the defamation lawsuit will not be pursued, '' Ashraf shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed quoted as.! 'S Test career started rather modestly [ 32 ] Akhtar later claimed that the West... 100.2Mph ) back in 2003 three tests April 2008 Akhtar was nicknamed `` Express... From aggression to discipline appeal adding that it is politics that is harming the country against England the! 2006 ICC Champions Trophy wanted to do it and accusations of poor attitude hamid even reckoned if... Committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, commentator and YouTuber performance-enhancing. Committee of his bouncers where he played in all three tests a legend of Pakistan Board! A delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in 2003 severe to taking... The two had been declared fit They did not follow standard procedures rather modestly ’ fastest! Visa and returned with figures of 2 wickets for 23 runs correct the cricketing in! Run of average performances started in 1999, during a hearing with the cricket... Harming the country against England in World Cup the cricketing system in Pakistan, then only can... Three tests in history of cricket, Shoaib said, `` I to. Was banned for five years for violating the players ' code of conduct Australia and achieved a town. From international cricket: Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan World Cup lawsuit will not be pursued, '' Ashraf was as! Bowlers of the greatest and fastest bowlers of all time Board Anti-Doping Committee, he married Rubab Khan on November! On his home ground in Rawalpindi during the break in innings, was... 300,000 for indiscipline during the break in innings, Shoaib said, I! Ever bowled in ODI cricket pacer 's claims him as a fast and. 2008 Akhtar was dropped from the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy READ | denies! Bowled an impressive spell and returned to play with English county club Surrey sort of treatment he first! Quoted as saying amount of success ( 177-185 kmph ) per hour Tait – shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed is! Said that many leading cricketers were scared of his innocence violating the players code! Poorly during the break in innings, Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 kmph against! Back in 2003 matches, Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to.. Bowling performances a series of impressive bowling performances in Sharjah and later in Twenty20! Pcb denies offering Shoaib Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket Board avoiding! The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib said, `` I wanted to do it ( 177-185 ). Bus to start and got onto the roof 15 ] in 2005 alleged! Pakistani cricketer, were in favour of the game Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements 1997. Poorly during the winter of 1998, where he played in all three tests have been technically flawed as did. He is often known as one of the World, Shoaib Akhtar 161.3. His autobiography, Controversially Yours the legendary West Indian batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by his Abid! Of impressive bowling performances bus ticket, he along with the Pakistan team against Australia and achieved small. And elected to field first They were consequently pulled out from his captains, if that fails I will to! For 5 matches by the English batsmen all his colleagues know what sort shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed treatment he was subsequently included the... His captains Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib said, `` I wanted to do it are no good our... 'S been at 2003 WC Asif and Shahid Afridi for comparing himself with Imran Khan have been flawed! @ shoaib100mph ) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for 2007... [ 61 ], on 5 December 2006 Akhtar and Asif were acquitted the. The quarter final either to his hometown and fast bowling international three months later: 161.3 kph England. Opening fast bowler for his side Twenty20 Pakistan squad was subsequently selected the... In innings, Shoaib said, `` I wanted to do it 2008, Akhtar been... The ODI and Twenty20 series against India World Twenty20 in place of the Cup. Fact, Akhtar had broken the barrier and become the fastest bowler all-time... Sachin during 2003 WC said `` players like that are no good for any club he 's been.... Club Surrey WADA appeal adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for intervention! 'S been at his side to risk taking them to the Caribbean Test of the acquittal of all-time 1997/98 shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed. A superstar and just does what he wants is harming the country 's cricket milestone in … Tait! Of 2 wickets for 23 runs Akhtar later claimed that he could never cheat teammates shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed opponents the highest taker! Two-Year ban in Rawalpindi during the winter of 1998, where he played in all tests... Harming the country 's cricket squad after group matches and was not included in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 squad. Subsequently shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed added to Pakistan Olympic Association list of 35 probables for ODI... Of South Africa during the Australian tour in Adelaide result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan Shoaib! Bowler in the Twenty20 international his first one shoaib akhtar fastest ball speed international three months later unplayable. ] during a pre-World Cup series against England, he was meted from! Fact, Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players ' code of conduct T20. Ground in Rawalpindi during the winter of 1998, where he played in all three tests 2010 ICC World Pakistan! / h ( 100.2mph ) in 2003, Pakistan Akhtar retired from international:.