Akhtar, whose replacement still seems a dream for the cricket board, had successfully replaced Two W’s (Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who had been a sign of death for the batsmen).
Akhtar formally announced retirement from the international cricket and publish a book named “Controversially Yours” after the world cup.
The Rawalpindi Express who demolished batting lines of top cricketing nations and secured victories for the mother land on several occasion as seen weeping while making announcement of retirement.
Although he had a disputed career filled with scandals and brawls with colleagues, Shoaib Akhtar had left no stone unturned while putting his efforts for the victory of Pakistani team.
Shoaib was wrongly condemned by Indians for his remarks in his book regarding legendary Sachin Tendulkar that the little master was scared of facing him.
We have seen batsmen shivering, wickets shattering and Pakistan wining when Akhtar was bowling for the team but now the green-shirts have been depending on slow bowlers like Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Hafiz for the first time in the country’s cricketing career. The team has also lost its charm after losing Shoaib Akhtar, Asif and Amir. However, both Amir and Asif are completely responsible for ruining their careers by involving in corrupt practices.
Pakistan Cricket Board seems reluctant to allow Akhtar resume his cricket on the pretext of fitness despite being well aware of the fact that the speed star had not been fit in his career due to his complicated illness.
If Indians can allow an aged Tendulkar to play then why we should not give an opportunity to Akhtar can serve the team for some more years.Rawalpindi Express should be back on track!