Shoaib Akhtar

  • Akhtar snubs PCB for sending too many support staff on Lanka tour July 16, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for deciding to send 10 officials with the national team for their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. "I don't know what they are trying to do but this board is full of ignorant people and...
  • Shoaib Akhtar ties the knot with 20-year-old July 3, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has tied the knot with a 20-year old girl from Haripur in the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province. Duniya TV channel reported that Akhtar married Rubab in a quiet Nikah ceremony in Haripur on Wednesday. "The haq mahar has been kept at half a million rupees and...
  • Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar to marry a 17-year-old: reports June 7, 2014

    Pakistan's former pacer Shoaib Akhtar is set to tie the knot with a teenage girl from Haripur district, according to reports in Pakistani media. A report in Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper quoted members of his family as saying that Akhtar is due to visit his hometown, Rawalpindi, on June 12, and...
  • Top Pakistan cricketers want bilateral series with India May 28, 2014

    Karachi: Some of Pakistan's top cricketers including Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar have supported the restoration of bilateral cricket ties with India and hoped the issue was discussed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his flying visit to India. Former Pakistan speedster Akhtar pointed out that cricket had always played a...
  • Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar judges a special episode of 'Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega' April 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar Monday shot here for a celebrity special episode of Indian talent reality show 'Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega' with Bollywood celebrities Farah Khan and Anu Malik. He was "amazed" at the talent. "I was very excited and was looking forward to the special episode. I...
  • Shoaib Akhtar to start coaching career April 6, 2014

    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 during the 50-over World Cup, was offered the position of head coach by the State bank for the upcoming domestic season...
  • Mohammed Shami should work on his run-up: Shoaib Akhtar March 24, 2014

    Mirpur: Former Pakistan tearaway fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's suggestion for India rising pace sensation Mohammed Shami is to "work on his run-up" as he feels the talented speedster "has the potential to serve Indian cricket for a long, long time". "Whatever I have seen, Mohammed Shami is the best fast bowler...
  • Not surprised to see India struggle in South Africa: Akhtar December 13, 2013

    Karachi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is not at all surprised to see Indian batsmen struggle in the team's ongoing tour of South Africa. "It is not surprising that the Indians have struggled. It happens with every team in the first few matches because of the different conditions and pitches...
  • I don't care what Yousuf, Akhtar say: Afridi December 3, 2013

    Karachi: A war of words has broken out between three big names of Pakistan cricket with veteran allrounder Shahid Afridi describing former stars, Muhammad Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar as "heckle and jeckle". The dispute broke out after Yousuf and Akhtar made critical comments about Afridi's performance in Pakistan's recent ODI series...
  • Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at PCB chairman November 19, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhar Tuesday lashed out at PCB chief Najam Sethi saying cricket in the country has further deteriorated under him, after a sudden withdrawal of allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik from the South African tour due to fitness problems. "This is really a joke and sad...
  • PCB chief defends team but ex-players demand change November 12, 2013

    Karachi: Former captains and players reacted strongly to Pakistan's 1-4 debacle in the one-day series against South Africa with some of them calling for a change in the captaincy as well as the coach. However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has come out in defence of the team. "Misbah...
  • Shoaib Akhtar lambasts Pakistan batsmen for poor show November 9, 2013

    Karachi: Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has described current Pakistan batsmen as worse than their Bangladeshi counterparts after their pathetic show against South Africa in the ongoing ODI series in the UAE. "I am saying this with certainty if Bangladeshi batsmen had been playing this series they would have won it...
  • Misbah has failed to inspire players: Shoaib Akhtar November 8, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan's former fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has criticised Misbah-ul-Haq saying the present captain lacked innovation and failed to inspire the national team players. "I am disappointed with Misbah's captaincy, he is not aggressive, innovative, slow to read the situation and not able to inspire the other players," Akhtar said. The...
  • Appointment of interim management draws mixed reactions in Pakistan October 15, 2013

    Karachi: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's appointment of an interim management committee which took control of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday elicited a mixed reaction from former players and administrators. Former players and administrators were divided in their views on whether these would help Pakistan cricket or prove otherwise in the...
  • Former Pakistan greats demand change after Harare defeat September 15, 2013

    Former Pakistan cricket greats and fans demanded a new national team captain and coach on Sunday after an embarrassing defeat against minnows Zimbabwe in the Harare Test. Zimbabwe, who only started playing Tests in 2011 after a six-year exile due to lack of players and facilities, pulled off an upset 24-run...
  • Former Pakistan players want Misbah, Whatmore removed September 14, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan's shock defeat to lowly ranked Zimbabwe in the second Test match on Saturday has led to calls for the sacking of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and coach Dav Whatmore and for radical changes in the cricket set-up. Pakistan slipped to number six in the ICC Test rankings after managing a drawn...
  • Stop running after BCCI: Akhtar to PCB September 12, 2013

    Karachi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar says instead of running after the BCCI for normalising cricket ties, the Pakistan Cricket Board should focus on converting the national team into a world class side. The Indian government has rejected visa applications of the players of Pakistani side Faisalabad Wolves, which was to...
  • Akhtar wants performance based contract for Pak cricketers July 24, 2013

    Karachi: Controversial fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has called for a performance based central contract system for the Pakistan cricketers and also said that players too needed to change their approach towards the game. The pacer while advocating increased pay for the national team and domestic players also agreed that there needed...
  • Pakistan players are mentally disturbed: Shoaib Akhtar June 14, 2013

    Karachi: Continuing his attack on the country's cricket set-up, Pakistan's former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has described most of the members in the national team as "mentally disturbed". "Most of the players do not perform on the field, why? Because they're mentally disturbed. They have a lot of fears; take those...
  • Pakistan bowlers should go for wickets against SA, India: Akhtar June 10, 2013

    Karachi: Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday advised Pakistan bowlers to be aggressive and go for wickets in their group matches against South Africa and India to remain in contention for a knock-out berth in the ongoing Champions Trophy in the UK. "Both teams (South Africa and India) have strong...
  • It's Pakistani bowlers vs Indian batsmen: Shoaib Akhtar June 4, 2013

    Karachi: Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar feels the high-voltage ICC Champions Trophy clash between Pakistan and India would be a battle between the former's bowling prowess and the latter's much-heralded batting line-up. "For me, this high pressure match is a duel between their batsmen and our bowlers. We have an advantage over...
  • Akram, Akhtar back Pakistan ahead of Champions Trophy June 2, 2013

    Karachi: Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar believe Pakistan have a realistic chance of winning the ICC Champions Trophy in England. They said the key to success in English conditions would be a collective effort from the Pakistan team. "There is talent in the team and there is balance but to win...
  • Pakistan face fast bowling crisis, says PCB selector March 14, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan face a looming crisis in world cricket unless they nurture more fast bowlers at grassroots level, the country's chief selector Iqbal Qasim warned on Wednesday. Qasim said selectors no longer had the luxury of choosing from an array of top fast bowlers as the talent pool had dried...
  • Pakistan introduces in-competition dope tests December 1, 2012

    Karachi: Pakistan will introduce drug testing in its domestic Twenty20 tournament that begins Saturday in accordance with rules from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), its cricket board has announced. Pakistan has been embarrassed internationally by doping offences with frontline speedstar Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif failing tests in 2006. Akhtar was...
  • Shoaib Akhtar blames low pay for fixing October 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Controversial former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said on Friday the cricketers are being tempted into fixing matches because they are underpaid by their board. "Fixing happens in our culture because there's less money, there are even lesser opportunities. Cricketers victimised by their boards return (to the team) to...
  • Bring in Razzaq: ex-players advise Pakistan September 27, 2012

    Karachi: The below-par show of Pakistan's pace battery in the ongoing World Twenty20 has left the country's former cricketers worried and they have called for changes in the line-up in the Super Eight stage starting on Thursday. Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised the team management to replace the struggling...
  • Akhtar eyes Pakistan bowling coach job August 17, 2012

    Lahore: Controversial former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar threw his hat into the ring on Friday to become Pakistan's next bowling coach. Pakistan have been hunting for a bowling coach since appointing Australian Dav Whatmore as head coach in March, with former Essex paceman Ian Pont the leading contender. Pakistan Cricket Board...
  • Sami is a mentally weak athlete: Akhtar July 23, 2012

    Karachi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has described his one-time new ball partner Mohammad Sami as a "mentally weak" bowler who is not adept at handling pressure. "Sami is a mentally weak athlete and he can't take pressure," Akhtar said. Akhtar turns his attention to Sami, a few days after criticising...
  • Akhtar pays rich tributes to pace rival Lee July 14, 2012

    Karachi: Pakistan express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar Saturday paid tribute to pace rival Brett Lee who has announced his retirement from international cricket, saying the Australian was a fierce competitor. The 35-year-old Lee said Friday he was quitting, ending a glorious career that was marred by injury problems. Lee sent...