Jul 072016

Pakistan chief selector Inzamamul Haq said that he was not surprised by Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s claims that former speedster Shoaib Akhtar beat him and Yuvraj Singh up in a hotel room in Rawalpindi during India’s tour of Pakistan in 2003-04. Inzamam, who played with Akhtar for nearly a decade and also captained him between 2004-07, said that the 40-year-old who was famously known as Rawalpindi Express, was a strongly built individual, and even shaking hands with him could’ve been painful for other players. “Shoaib was always very muscular and strong,” said Inzamam. “Even hugging him or shaking hands with him could be painful for other players.” Would never beat Harbhajan, says Shoaib Earlier, Veteran Indian off-spinner said in a local television show claimed that former Pakistan pacer ‘bashed’ him and his fellow Indian player. “Shoaib once threatened me he would come to my room and beat me,” said Harbhajan. “I told him ‘come, let’s see who beats whom’. I was really scared. He is a great hulk. He once bashed me and Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) inside a room. Since he was heavy, it was difficult to catch him.” The spinner further revealed that despite both on-field and off-field spats between him and Akhtar, both were relatively close to one another. “Shoaib used to sit with us, eat with us. But maybe since he was too close to us, he used to take us for granted,” he said. Harbhajan reveals Shoaib Akhtar once thrashed him and Yuvraj “He challenged me [Read More…]

May 302016

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Monday hailed Virat Kohli’s heroics during the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, praising the batsman’s leadership and determination which led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to reach the final. Thriller game…but SRH created a history by winning in style ..Great job by virat and company but never mind perhaps next IPL can be urs. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 29, 2016 In an interview with Mid Day, the former pacer hailed RCB captain’s innings where he batted with nine stitches after splitting the webbing in his left hand, and went on to score 113 runs off 50 balls against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. The 40-year-old said that a batsman of Kohli’s calibre would have taken bigger risk and still would have come on top. “It was not a big risk. He would play with a broken leg and still score runs,” he said. Kohli eyes maiden IPL crown for Bangalore Shoaib further praised the Delhi-born’s energy on the field and stated that Kohli would go on to achieve great international milestones. “Kohli is so energised to prove things, not to anybody, but to himself. He always challenges himself,” he said. “I think he has a good five to seven years ahead of him, and I really wish someone like him will cross 100 international hundreds,” he added. Kohli captains the Indian Test side, with 11 tons and 12 half-centuries in 41 matches. The 27-year-old further scored 25 centuries in one-days and [Read More…]

Jan 252016

The world’s former fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who suffered from a degenerative knee condition which ended his career short, has gone under the knife in a bid to finally fix his knee issues.As per Shoaib’s initial diagnostic X-ray reports, his upper leg bone (the femur) was grinding one of his lower leg bones (the tibia).I was unable to see Shoaib Akhtar’s ball on ODI debut, says SehwagI bowled with those knees 4last20 years and now look it my left knee it's grinding the other part of my knee Crazy.. pic.twitter.com/h6tlateGoq— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 22, 2016According to Shoaib’s doctors, bowling with his knees at such high-octane pace for nearly a decade was mind-blogging, but the right-armer did it and that too with sheer resolute.The world fastest bowler ever and world worst knees as doctor say they are still wondering how you played 4 so long with those knees..well..— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 22, 2016Shoaib got his surgery done on January 23 in Melbourne, Australia and it was fixed by Dr David Young whom Shoaib considers an artist more than a medical practitioner.When Shah Rukh Khan kissed Shoaib AkhtarOuch I know but had to do it David Young my doctor is an artist great job been done on my knee just pray thank you. pic.twitter.com/qiIUgeh2qs— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2016Done with knee .. pic.twitter.com/ztHmTEGSN4— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2016And how did the doctors fix his ailing knee? Well, they had to think out of the box just like Shoaib’s bowling style.Amir [Read More…]

Nov 302015

Whoa! This is pretty cool.Earlier this week we spotted Shoaib Akhtar partying with Salman Khan and now the former cricketer  – who is only 14-tweets-old — has posted a video on Twitter which is going viral. And why wouldn’t it; after all, it features Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan giving a kiss to the Rawalpindi Express!PHOTO: TWITTERWasim, Shoaib Akhtar spotted at B-town birthday bashIt appears that in order to reach out to his fans and inform them about his new Twitter account, Shoaib took a little help from the most popular star in the world.Shoaib Akhtar plans on owning PSL teamIn the video, you can see Shoaib and Shah Rukh saying they would routinely send out tweets to each other following which Shoaib tells SRK to do the “thing” he does.What “thing”? Here, find out:Love SRK pic.twitter.com/dMoofGdwVj— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 29, 2015Shoaib Akhtar spotted at Salman Khan’s partySo Shoaib not only gets a shout out from Shah Rukh but also manages to score a kiss?Well played!The post When Shah Rukh Khan kissed Shoaib Akhtar appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Apr 062014
Cricket: Shoaib Akhtar to start coaching career


Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar has set his sights on a coaching career after agreeing to take charge of a top domestic team.

Shoaib, 38, who retired in 2011 after the 50-over World Cup, was offered the position of head coach by the State Bank for the upcoming domestic season in Pakistan.

“Akhtar has agreed to become head coach of our team and we are very pleased that he has shown interest in coaching a domestic team,” said Zaheerul Hassan, the manager of the bank team.

“Contract papers are being prepared after Akhtar confirmed his interest in coaching our team.”

State Bank are one of the leading teams on the first-class circuit but have struggled to attain top position during the last two seasons.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.

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