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A collection of quotes by and about Shoaib Akhtar

Diamonds, Mother Teresa and Tarzan

Mar 17, 2011: A collection of quotes from Shoaib Akhtar and by others about him over his colourful career

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shoaib Akhtar retires

Six of Shoaib Akhtar's best

Mar 17, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents six of Shoaib Akhtar's best bowling performances

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World Cup 2011

Shoaib Akhtar to retire after World Cup

Mar 17, 2011: Shoaib Akhtar will retire from the international game at the end of Pakistan's World Cup, bringing to an end one of cricket's most compelling and mercurial careers

Osman Samiuddin in Colombo

Pakistan news

Younis and Shoaib get top contracts

Mar 9, 2011: Younis Khan and Shoiab Akhtar were the biggest beneficiaries in the new central contracts handed out by the Pakistan board

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shoaib and Gul to the rescue

Mar 1, 2011: Only with Pakistan could it happen that they lose their two most exciting new fast bowlers, only for them to be replaced by Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul

Osman Samiuddin

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup 2011, Group A, Colombo

A match of perfect twists and turns

Feb 26, 2011: High-quality batting, real fast bowling, clever legspin, collapses and recoveries plus a few howlers for good measure made for an enthralling encounter

Osman Samiuddin in Colombo

World Cup 2011

Bangladesh play down Pakistan warm-up game

Feb 14, 2011: Bangladesh are trying to play down the importance of their their warm-up game against Pakistan to deflect pressure from the players

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

World Cup 2011

World Cup defining moment for Pakistan - Shoaib

Feb 13, 2011: Shoaib Akhtar has called the upcoming World Cup his last, claiming it to be the "defining moment" of Pakistan cricket and perhaps of his own career

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2010-11, 5th day

Sialkot Stallions lose after five undefeated years

Oct 14, 2010: Round-up of the fifth day's action in the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2010-11

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Rose Bowl

Morgan and Swann lead England to series glory

Sep 22, 2010: Eoin Morgan produced his second superb century in consecutive ODI appearances at the Rose Bowl, before Graeme Swann bamboozled Pakistan's middle-order

The Bulletin by Andrew Miller at the Rose Bowl

England v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street

Davies sets England up for comfortable 24-run win

Sep 10, 2010: England duly wrapped up a comfortable 24-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in their five-match ODI series against Pakistan at Chester-le-Street

The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

England v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Cardiff

England cruise to victory after Pakistan fall for 89

Sep 7, 2010: England's Twenty20 cricketers were barely forced to break sweat as they sauntered to a crushing six-wicket victory in Cardiff, against a Pakistan side whose off-field woes appeared to have seeped out into the middle with them

The Bulletin by Andrew Miller in Cardiff

England v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Cardiff

England aim to continue winning momentum

Sep 6, 2010: England will want to sharpen their skills in the second match ahead of the five ODIs, but such is the confidence in the team it is hard to see past another home victory

The Preview by Andrew McGlashan

England v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Cardiff

Yardy and Morgan guide England to victory

Sep 5, 2010: Eoin Morgan and Michael Yardy steadied England's nerves with a game-breaking stand of 67 in 7.1 overs, as Pakistan succumbed to a five-wicket defeat in the first Twenty20 at Cardiff

The Bulletin by Andrew Miller in Cardiff

Pakistan in England 2010

Yousuf returns to limited-over squads

Aug 24, 2010: Mohammad Yousuf's rehabilitation back into the Pakistan fold is complete as the batsman was recalled to a 16-man squad to face England in a five-ODI series and two Twenty20 internationals in September

Osman Samiuddin

Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Edgbaston

Afridi's spirit the difference for Pakistan

Jul 6, 2010: There was no drama. No last minute dash past the tape. Instead it was a compelling performance from a confident team led by a spirited leader

Nagraj Gollapudi at Edgbaston

Pakistan v Australia, Twenty20, Edgbaston

Twenty20s a chance to gain the edge

Jul 4, 2010: Pakistan and Australia will spend the next month battling in the neutral territory of England and this Twenty20 at Edgbaston gives the teams their first glimpse at the opposition.

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

Pakistan v Australia 2010

Pakistan prepare to face their nemesis

Jul 4, 2010: After the psychological scars inflicted by several defeats to Australia over the last 12 months, Pakistan face a tough battle this summer

Nagraj Gollapudi

MCC v Pakistan, Twenty20, Lord's

Umar, fast bowlers seal tight win

Jun 27, 2010: Umar Akmal's aggressive half century, combined with disciplined bowling efforts from Shoaib Akhtar and Saeed Ajmal, helped the Pakistanis to start their English summer with a six-run victory over MCC at Lord's

Nagraj Gollapudi at Lord's

Asia Cup 2010

An absorbing tournament with few watchers

Jun 25, 2010: The 2010 edition of the Asia Cup remained unexceptional due to haphazard organising and, despite some striking on-field battles, did not provide too many pointers to the World Cup preparations of the top teams

Siddarth Ravindran in Dambulla
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