Shoaib Akhtar announces retirement from International Cricket after ICC WC2011 | Assam Journal

Shoaib Akhtar announces retirement from International Cricket after ICC WC2011

Shoaib Akhtar who is also known as Rawalpindi Express had finally decided to retire from International Cricket and had accordingly announced before the public media that the last match of this ongoing Cricket World Cup 2011 would also be his last participation. He has expressed that it was not his will that made him to take such a decision but he had to surrender against his injury ravaged body and also thought that such a compromise would also help new players to get in to the national team in his place.

Being known and popular as the fastest bowler in the game of cricket, Shoaib had also been on the limelight for several controversies and temperamental behavior. His career was obstructed many times because of this and had to remain out of the playing eleven very frequently. For instance, he was accused for taking prohibited nandrolone steroid for which he had to face a two year ban in 2006. He was also fined $2,000 recently in a match against New Zealand due to his on-field spat.

These are only a few disciplinary actions taken against him and the number of such incident when he engaged in some sort of controversy is pretty long to be listed here in details. However, one credit that he still deserves and even noted players like captain Ricky Ponting of Australia could not decline is that he will ever remain as one of the fastest bowler in the cricket history with speed that has scared even the most talented batsman.

His career stats so far can be seen from the table as given below:-

His relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board was not pleasant either and had been in spat on several occasions of which the most remarkable one among them can be said as that of the five years ban which he faced after throwing bad comments against the PCB. But even then, he showed his courtesy during his retirement announcement and thanked everyone for being with him in both good and bad terms. Though very late, but he expressed his gratitude towards his team mates and coach and quoted that he was lucky enough to represent his nation in the International arena and also lucky enough to have worked with reputed personalities like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

He was shown respect by his team mates when he stepped out for practice session in Premadasa Stadium on March 17 and all of them hugged him. In an emotional tone, he stated that his only wish that remains from hereon is to be remembered not for his controversial involvement but rather a patriotic player who had honestly played his game for the nation.