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Our Real Anger Is With New Zealand, Not India: Shoaib Akhtar

Several present and former cricketers had criticised New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the last-minute pull-out, but Akhtar seems to be still seething at the humiliation meted out to Pakistan ahead of the T20 World Cup.

PM Modi May Request MS Dhoni To Play 2021 T20 WC Claims Pak Cricketer

Lahore: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Prime Minister Narendra Modi might request MS Dhoni to come out of retirement and play in the T20 World Cup slated to be held in India next year. Dhoni, on August 15, announced his retirement from international cricket, thus brining an end to an illustrious career spanning 16 […]

Shoaib Akhtar Mourns Sushant Singh Rajput's Death

Lahore: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said he regrets not having a word with actor Sushant Singh Rajput who died recently, when the two crossed paths in 2016. “I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident […]

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'Ruthless' India Show No Mercy On Average New Zealand: Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar

Rawalpindi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar reckons that the Virat Kohli-led India is swiftly becoming a “ruthless” team as they proved their mettle once again, this time against New Zealand in the second T20I of the series. Akhtar was also all praise for different members of the Men in Blue. After India defeated the Black […]

Pakistan Welcomed Back Players Who Sold The Country: Danish Kaneria

Lahore: Days after he hogged the limelight for being ill-treated by few players during his playing days due to his Hindu religion, former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria has now alleged that the national cricket team welcomed those players in the side who “sold” their country. On Thursday, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar had alleged that […]

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Comments On Kaneria Taken Completely Out Of Context: Shoaib Akhtar

Lahore: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has clarified his statement regarding Danish Kaneria, saying his allegation that many did not want the former leg-spinner to be part of the Pakistan team because of his Hindu faith was taken completely out of context and there was never a culture in the team to discriminate anybody on […]

Shoaib Akhtar Spoke Truth; Urge Pak PM To Get Me Out Of Mess: Danish Kaneria

Lahore: Danish Kaneria has said that whatever Shoaib Akhtar has spoken about the leg-spinner — being discriminated within the Pakistan cricket team during their playing days because of his Hindu faith — is true. He, however, has urged people not to politicise the issue. In a statement, Kaneria has also revealed that his life is […]

Some Of My Pakistani Teammates Treated Kaneria Unfairly Because He Was Hindu: Shoaib Akhtar

Karachi: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has alleged that his teammate Danish Kaneria faced discrimination at the hands of a few Pakistani cricketers, who were reluctant to even eat with him because he was a Hindu. Kaneria, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his maternal uncle Anil Dalpat, took 261 wickets in 61 […]

Team India Is On Another Level: Akhtar

Lahore: Following India’s emphatic victory over Bangladesh in the recently-concluded T20I series, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar feels the Men in Blue are on another level at the moment and stand a good chance of winning next year’s World T20 in Australia. India, who were trailing 0-1 against Bangladesh following their defeat in New Delhi, […]

Sarfaraz Will Not Find Place In Pakistan Team: Akhtar

New Delhi: Shoaib Akhtar has insisted that he has been telling Sarfaraz Ahmed to pull up his socks since last two years and therefore no one else is responsible for the sacking of the wicket-keeper batsman as Pakistan skipper in Tests and T20Is. “I saw it coming for Sarfaraz. Nobody else is to be blamed […]

Shami is going to thrive under Kohli: Akhtar

New Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has backed Mohammed Shami, who played a crucial role in India’s emphatic win in the first Test against South Africa, to become the “king of reverse swing”. Shami picked up a brilliant five-wicket haul during the second innings of South Africa in the Visakhapatnam Test which India won […]

Shoaib Akhtar Disappointed With SL Players Not Touring Pakistan

Lahore: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has expressed disappointment after 10 Sri Lankan players have decided to pull out of their country’s upcoming tour of Pakistan for the three ODIs and as many T20I matches. Expressing his disappointment, Akhtar reminded the islanders as how Pakistan has “always been a huge support for SL cricket”. “So disappointed […]

Akhtar wants 'match-winner' Rohit in the XI against WI

New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has backed India’s limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma to be a part of the playing XI for the opening Test against West Indies and feels that not picking the batsman will be ‘wrong. Speaking on his official Youtube channel, Akhtar said that since Rohit was a part of the […]

BCCI Announces Team India’s T20I, ODI, Test Squads For Australia Tour
BCCI briefs players on anti-concussion helmets, says wearing neck guard is players' choice

New Delhi: The BCCI has briefed its players on the importance of wearing anti-concussion helmet but left the decision to use neck guard on the cricketers despite growing calls to make it mandatory. Compulsory neck guards on helmets for Australian cricketers are “not far away”, the national team’s sports medicine chief said on Monday after […]

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Akhtar reveals 'sad secret' about 2003 WC loss to India

New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed his “sad secret” about the 2003 World Cup match against India which his team lost by six wickets. In the group-stage match played on March 1, 2003 at Centurion in South Africa, the Pakistan team failed to defend a target of 274. India rode on Sachin […]

It'll be foolish to remove Kohli as India captain: Akhtar

New Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar feels Virat Kohli should remain India skipper across formats as a lot of investment has been made upon him and thus, it will be foolish to remove him. Following India’s World Cup exit in the semi-finals, voices have been raised about the concept of split captaincy where Kohli […]

Shoaib Akhtar backs India for World Cup 2019 win

New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants the World Cup to come back to the subcontinent and hence is backing India to go all the way and clinch the title on July 14 at Lord’s in London. So far, India have dominated the tournament, topping the ten-team table by winning seven of their eight […]

Disappointed with quality of cricket at this WC: Akhtar

New Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has been left utterly disappointed with the “quality of cricket” being played at the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales. England, Australia and India have sealed their spot in the semifinals, while New Zealand is almost there in the knockout stage of the tournament, despite their loss […]

Sachin replies to ICC after Rohit's six is compared to his

New Delhi: India vice-captain Rohit Sharma slashing Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali for a six over backward point in their clash at Old Trafford on Sunday had fans revisit the upper-cut played by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar off Shoaib Akhtar in Centurion in 2003. While there have been constant comparison between the two shots and who […]

Rain-threat on Akhtar's mind ahead of Indo-Pak clash

New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has joked that rain may reign supreme in the marquee World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday. Akhtar tweeted a photo where India skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistan counterpart Sarfaraz Ahmed are swimming their way to the pavilion after toss with the rest of […]

Akhtar toughest bowler I have faced, reveals Dhoni

London: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rates Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the toughest he has faced in his long and illustrious career so far. Currently taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy, the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au that it was Akhtar’s pace and the ability to […]