World Cup 2011

Shoaib Akhtar to retire after World Cup

Osman Samiuddin in Colombo

March 17, 2011

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Shoaib Akhtar smiles while announcing his retirement, Colombo, March 17, 2011
Shoaib Akhtar announces his retirement in Colombo © AFP
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Shoaib Akhtar will retire from the international game at the end of Pakistan's World Cup, bringing to a close one of cricket's most compelling and mercurial careers. Privately, over the last few months, Shoaib had been looking at the World Cup as a final hurrah for a body increasingly unable to cope with the rigours of the international game.

On Wednesday evening, at a Pakistan High Commission function in Colombo, he told a handful of reporters, including ESPNcricinfo, that he would make the announcement on Thursday. After Pakistan's training session at the Premadasa, Shoaib arrived in jacket and trousers and told the press of a decision he had made, fittingly for him perhaps, in a hospital bed after yet another knee surgery two years ago.

"Today I step ahead for the most significant phase of my life and walk off," he read out from a prepared statement. "I have decided to say goodbye. This World Cup is my last and the coming matches in the tournament would be the last few of my international career. Mentally I wanted to continue perhaps forever. But I must make way for youngsters to take over."

He said he had discussed the matter with the team management during the tour to New Zealand earlier this year, but decided to go ahead with it only now, dousing speculation that he might have been pushed into it. His Pakistan team-mates were told of the decision at the Premadasa on Thursday morning during an emotional gathering in the dressing room, where he delivered a farewell speech and was embraced by fellow players and support staff.

"There was sadness there," Shoaib said of the occasion, before joking that a retirement on his own terms was unique enough to shock them. "The whole team knew this was going to happen but they didn't want to believe this was going to happen because they played with me long enough. They were very sad about it but at the same time happy for me, for my next few matches, whatever is left in me. It might seem a little awkward to them as this is the first time in Pakistan that someone is leaving cricket on this note. Felt a little awkward. So, I would say they were a little shocked."

The tournament itself has been a mixed one for him. Whether or not he gets another chance to script a different ending, which currently has him being hit for 28 runs in his last over by Ross Taylor, including the last ball for six, is likely to be the subject of much speculation ahead of Saturday's game against Australia. He was outstanding through ten overs in Pakistan's win over Sri Lanka, but his fitness and energy, particularly during later spells, has concerned the Pakistan team set-up.

The best Shoaib bowled to

  • "I wouldn't say I enjoyed bowling against them but they are my very top of the favourites. Inzamam is there. I loved bowling against [Adam] Gilchrist, I loved to hate him but he was very tough. Ricky Ponting was another great. This guy not only played, but he won matches, he had so much ability. I really wish to see him play for another few years for Australia. Then my favourite, Brian Lara, who was so elegant I lost myself in his elegance. I only bowled three balls to him, and they were my favourite three balls, but I felt very sad when I hit him and he had to leave the ground. But these are the players I really, really enjoyed bowling against. I wish I could, but it's my good luck that I never bowled to that guy Viv Richards. That is my good luck."

As if released, he fairly sprinted in to bowl in the nets, running in faster and bowling - to the naked eye at least - quicker than he has been. He believes he could've played on for another year or two, but for the moment, he said, he will do everything he can for his side in the World Cup.

"I am available for every match and working really hard and bowling as quick. My pace is still there, I am not slowing down. My pace is up there. Playing is up to the management. I am going to double my efforts. Any possible way I can help Pakistan, and with every ounce of blood that is left in my body, I will serve my country. I play or if I don't play I don't know, but I'm working hard, I'm training hard. I had a great session today. I'm focusing on the match against Australia. If I don't play I will make sure every guy gets my help and if nothing else then I will carry water onto the field."

A myriad of off-field run-ins with the establishment and players - he smiled mischievously when thanking "my dear PCB" - and an endless list of injuries heavily curtailed his career, impact and legacy. He played in only 46 of the 84 Tests Pakistan played since his debut in November 1997 and 163 ODIs - a relatively small number for a subcontinent player - in over 13 years. This tournament has been typical. Questions over his fitness have been ever-present and he has been fined by the team management for several breaches of curfew, as well as for a spat with Kamran Akmal during and after the New Zealand loss. Yet, Shoaib insisted, he would not have done it differently.


Shoaib Akhtar bowls in the nets, Colombo, March 17, 2011
Shoaib Akhtar seemed to run in quicker and bowl faster after making his decision © AFP
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"Whenever I had a chance, even with niggles and during the pain and the most horrifying days of the pain, I still never said no to Pakistan," he said. "I always made myself available. There are no regrets. You always knew me as not the fittest man or bowler. I always played in pain. I always played half-unfit. So the fitness issue has always been there, still there.

"This was written in my life and it had to happen. It's part of the process that you grow up and go through such times and you grow out of it. You become 35 and you get mature. We come from a very humble background. We always learn that cricket is our institution and we learn swimming, driving, anything you name it we learn from there. So obviously you've got to give us a bit of a chance, a span of 10-15 years to learn. There are no moments I regret."

Even in this interrupted, half-full career, there were enough Shoaib moments for his time of passing to be a genuinely sad one. The two balls to silence Eden Gardens were, understandably given his thirst for big-name scalps, among his own highlights. The 100mph ball in the 2003 World Cup was another but the most memorable was a simpler one, a surprising one perhaps, of the moment he first wore the Pakistan Test kit.

"The first day, when I got announced for Pakistan, I did not believe that someone like me could play for this greatest team ever," he said, unable to suppress a smile. "And there were my idols like Wasim and Waqar, and Imran was there to support us every now and again … Inzamam, everyone, every senior player I used to see on TV. I always dreamed of playing with them. The best moment was when I got the first kit for my first Test and I had a huge star on my chest. I wore that kit and I slept in it and I couldn't believe I would wake up in it. I did not take it off for three days."

Towards the end, there was the distinct possibility of tears - "do you want me to cry?" he asked when translating his thoughts into Urdu - but he held them back. "Playing for Pakistan was a dream. Yes, it was a dream," he said and then walked off, to hugs and handshakes all around.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

Shoaib bhai u r my all time fav. bowler and definitely the most devastating fast bowler in the history of cricket .... Cricket lovers will miss u and u'll be remembered forever!! plz don't leave cricket area come back as commentator or bowling coach ... Tears in my eyes and hav a heavy heart after heard ur retirement news!! proud to be ur fan!! LonG Live Shoaib akhtar!!

Posted by Q72941 on (March 20, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

For what it worth, it was a joy to watch him bowl. The run-up, the whip, the delivery when on song. What most people don't realize how gentle Shoaib actually was, with his pace, he could have easily hurt a lot of people but he seldom threatened players with the short stuff. He never really hurt the tail-enders who others certainly have terrorize. Thanks for all the exciting entertainment Shoaib. I believe if it was not for Kamran Akmal the last match that you have played against NZ would have had different outcome. But one again thanks for being honest & worthy keeper of the game. Best of luck for future, May God bless you.

Posted by Auzi11 on (March 20, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

"Whenever I had a chance, even with niggles and during the pain and the most horrifying days of the pain, I still never said no to Pakistan,"...:'(

Posted by allstyllz on (March 20, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

you are a legend, world of cricket will miss you

Posted by m.a.khokhar on (March 20, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

Thats great to see almost 700 comments for the legend.love shoaib alot . And i think we really missed Shoaib at the match against Australia. We cud ve win this match so easily has he been there in the team. I hope pakistani selectors will give him a chance in finals. INSHALLAH

Posted by baasad on (March 20, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

Undoubtedly, Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman of our time and Shoaib Akhter dismissed him at least seven times. At the time when spinners like Shane Warne, Saqlain Mushtaq, Anil Kumble and Murli were making headlines, Shoaib Akhter provided extreme entertainment to the cricket lovers.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar U r The Magician of pace bowling..I love u I dont know i would watch any other match missing u..U a Legend a True Legend ur legacy shall prevail forever. U'r the Best BEST BEST Thumbs uppp...........If there is something like re-birth I would love to watch u Young again with furious bowling..oh i get emotional when u say Good Bye Cricket..MISS U Cricket will MISS u...good luck n Do stay in touch with the team..Farewell

Posted by 100MPH_YORKER on (March 19, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

Despite all the controversies and issues I just wana say that Pakistan loves you and I am in tears. Fans will miss that threatning glare to the batsman that was the trademark of RWP express. Good luck and thanks for serving "Crescent and Star"

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Surely, cricket will miss its fastest and one of the most exciting bowler! though in shock, we liked it when he got the stumps flying for Sachin & Dravid's wickets in a test match!

Posted by dan0077 on (March 19, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

Best of luck shoaib No one can replace u :)

Posted by nce8 on (March 19, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

Go Shoaib Akhtar! Fantastic fast bowler. Fastest bowler of all time!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Not only Pakistan,, Cricket will miss him..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

WE WILL MISS YOU ...ALWAYS

Posted by anz2k8 on (March 19, 2011, 2:03 GMT)

wot a LEGEND .. he will be missed as an asset and as a player with great personality and passion .. PAKISTAN SALUTES YOU ;]

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

Shoaib the true rockstar of cricket. Will miss you pace bowling and the passion you brought to the game. You will be missed immensely. I would love to see you as a commentator in the near future or perhaps as a bowling coach for Pakistan or our Indian Brothers across the border. You are a Legend!

Posted by 100MPH_YORKER on (March 18, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

Despite all the controversies, issues and through all the good or bad days in cricket fiield I have only one thing to say Pakistan loves you and I am in tears. We will miss u shoaib.From durban to calcutaa to 99 world cup and to this day I walways wanted to see you bowl fast and with ferocity.Stay in touch with pakistan cricket. We will miss the glare towards the batsman that was associated with "Rawalpindi Express" Best of luck Shoaib

Posted by amir-test-cricket on (March 18, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

the greatest entertainer in history of game ....

my 1st reason to watch cricket ....

today a sad day for FAST BOWLING .... as the FASTEST bowler of all time is logging off ....

CRICKET WILL NEVER BE THE SAME ....

"for me ....

shoaib akhter ..........

cricket .....

the end .... "

Posted by shakkw on (March 18, 2011, 21:11 GMT)

I liked what he had to say that he was the last real fast men of our Era, he was right. I wish him well whatever he does in the future. We may not see another like him. We will miss you!!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

Luv u man, u'll always be remembered n missed :(

Posted by ather_aziz on (March 18, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

I started watching cricekt in 1998 and since then i dont think there has been a bowler who has taken me out of my couch to stand up and start screaming more than this man i love you shoaib akhtar thanks for all the memories and i know for a fact there was there is and there will always be no one like you :'(

Posted by SamiFromHunza on (March 18, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Shoaib will make a brilliant commentator. I am sure he will remain close to the game.

Posted by Speed_does_matter on (March 18, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

The most genuine...charasmatic...flamboyant...mercurial...passionate...Fast bowler of his era...

We will miss U foreva

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

Thirteen years of pure entertaining career from Shoib.Ramiz Raja....Waseem Akram and there you go Pakistan producing another POTENTIAL very good comentator.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

How it can be possible, Pakistan without Akthar can't beleive this, what is the reason, he even not selected for marth vs Aus very sad, i want Akthar play all coming match till end of world cup, Pakistan board please put Akthar vs Ausi.

Posted by razakbhai123 on (March 18, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

Working with PCB is always a huge challenge for every Pakistani player ! Shoeb Akhtar was one of the gutsy player to speak against the establishment ! Shoeb you are a great player, you have served PAK cricket well ! you will be remembered for ever as far as the speed and aggressiveness is concern ! bravo !

Posted by tick on (March 18, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

i was reading this article coincidently with fifa 2010 song wavin flag....it brought tears in my eyes..one thing that 535 comments,10k facebook likes is because we know on the field there's no team who hadn't suffered him..aussies,kiwis,indians,english..etc..yes he was eratic off-field but on field no stopping him...LOVE YOU AND ALREADY MISSING YOU...

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

Shoaib Akhter! Every Pakistani is so Proud of You....

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

miss u shoaib n ur pace .. best of luck fr ur future...

Posted by SachinPhil on (March 18, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

500+ comments! when was the last time something like this happened? There's something very special about you and I really hope you read all this one day..Love India but love Shoaib too

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

It is the first time I've seen 481 Comments on ANY Cricinfo article. Those too not only from Pakistani's but all cricket lovers. That tells how much this guy is loved :-) Already Missing the Passion you bring to cricket !!

Posted by farabi123 on (March 18, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

Living in the streets of karachi, when i started bowling at the age of 14 i modeled my bowling style like Shoib Akhter. The only difference was that i was not as quick! He was always my favorite bowler!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

As a lifelong hardcore SL fan.. we are going to miss Shoaib.. although no team wants him hurling those at nearly 150Kmph, he adds color to the entertainment aspect of Pakistan cricket which otherwise is lackluster.

Posted by fanifarhan on (March 18, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

just dont know what to say, im getting emotional on this after reading many other comments it is understood that not only Pakistan but whole South Asia is gonna miss you... Wish you good luck in the future.. and PCB should be ashamed of themselves for wastage of such a career... wil never forget your 100.2 MPH

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

He came, he saw and he conquered. This quotation is absolutely fit on Shoaib Akhtar. There are no words in the honor of Shoaib Akhtar. A courageous and brave man and an intelligent fast bowler who became a horror dream for batsmen. All great batsmen tremble to face him. He frightened all the great batsmen all around the world like Tendulkar, Dravid, Lara, Gary Kirsten, Ponting etc. There are many negative points in his career but he was a great cricketer though. Whole Pakistani Nation waiting for Shoaib and his team mates' performance. Best wishes for him in his future life.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Truly a great fast bowler a great cricketer..Has done soo much for the criket of Pakistan ..Shoaib ,you vl be remembered forever and ever.. Wish to see you in all the remaining matches of World Cup ,best of luck Shoaib .. Go and get the World the Cup for Pakistan ,We all are with you .. We Love you and surly we will Miss you ..Shoaib rocks.................

Posted by Faizal23 on (March 18, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

I really cried reading this.............. All the best for ur future may ALLAH bless u......................

Posted by Attractivue on (March 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

And this is the end of the genuine fast bowlers, couple of more months Lee will be gone. Tait is the only bowler left who can bowl over 155KM/h but he is even more fragile than Akhtar.

Can't imagine watching cricket without these fast bowlers! So long Shoaib, thanks for entertaining us!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

he is one of the most Determined and Self Motivated person in the World who still fights like a True Fighter for HIS country.... Great work done to reach upto this level...

you R a champ and you will remain in our hearts forever.. may Allah bless you... AmeeN

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

The FASTEST of them all. You have epitomized fast bowling Shoaib. You will remain one of the greatest ever! Thank you for entertaining us for years. God Bless!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

Cricket will miss u Akhtar

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

you ground the lords of the pitch, starting from G. Kirsten including Kallis, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Ponting, mahela, fleming, WAUGH, SACHIN, and not the least great LARA.... hay Shoaib you snatch our "proud to be a Pakistani" but for the whole of our live we'll be praying for you and your parents Imran left us with Wasim Waqar left us YOU Shoaib but u.... you left us alone yaaar Shoaib..."WE LOVE LOVE"

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (March 18, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Correctly Shoib Akhtar has mentioned Gilly and Punter at best he bowled and did not mention Impostor tendulkar and flat track bully Sehwag!...This is a fine asesssment! I especially enjoyed his tribute to BC Lara...When he did hit Lara, he ran towards him to pick him up.....This is a fine sportsman. May be Tendulkar can learn something from him as he was very vocal suporter of india not playing against Pakistan in late 90's so he does not have to face Wasim, Waqar and Shoib at their prime!

Posted by tqhussain on (March 18, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

I hope for his sake, pakistan can win this wc. i remember him in his early days playing against SA and Kallis leaving a ball and sohaib pegging back his off stump. when pak played a 3 match odi series against aus under the roof ground, and him bowling a vicious spell. His yorker to S. Fleming in the 1999 wc. The list of memories goes on. Good luck Mr AKHTARRRRRRRRRRRR!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

The Great Rawalpindi Express who set a trend in fast bowling and was a role model for bowlers like lee and Tait ! our shoaib was the FIRST one to break 100 mph record !!! we will truly and dearly miss you shoaibi !!! besides ur off the field mishaps u were a True threat to all the batsmen ! we will always remember our falcon flying after uprooting the stumps of one of the best batsmen ! I must confess,I am not part of ur fans list recently but again after Akram you were the only bowler to look upto for all the young pace bowlers in Pakistan !

Keep the falcon flying in commentary shoaib !

Besta Luck !

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

LEGEND -one of the character of the game .you cant get bored watching shoaib running in and bowling fast and kncking the stumps,what a sight that is.we will miss you shoaib .Youve done great

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

his fitness really struggled him otherwise he would have been one of the greats any way we still love him God bless you shoaib..

Posted by proudlySL on (March 18, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

great bowler (and a great sweater:D), but players around the world will be glad! another blow for pakistan

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

great fast bowler.....nobody can fill this empty space after his exit.

Posted by MasoodMughal on (March 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

"Playing for Pakistan was a dream. Yes, it was a dream," -SHOAIB AKHTER. Man u r great........................jeo SHOAIB......................ENTERTAINER, ROCKSTAR OF CRICKET..............................

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Hats offfff to the fastest bowler on earth, biggest loss to the game of cricket i guess wish u alll the luck and i hope ulll be remembered for ever

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

I've always been dreaming that I'm bowling with great pace and length and picking off the stamps of great batsmen...then i try to see ma face and i see SHOAIB AKHTAR..your THE LIVING DREAM OF EVERY FAST BOWLER TO BALL LIKE...just love to see you bowling faster than fast...PLEASE DON'T GO SIR..i dont wana wakeup ..

Posted by sanjubaba on (March 18, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

I' m form Nepal, the country which is far behind from the Test arena. When I was a kid, I used to paly but never watched live or recorded. I heard the name ' Shoaib Akhtar' and started liking the name without seeing the man, his skills, his all records. Now when I am known all his figures and facts, I still like this man. He stays on top of any cricketers in the world. Best Regards!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Best of Luck for your future and specially for coming game of Australia. We need a extra ordinary performance from your side.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Shoaib could have played more matches if he had not tried very hard to bowl the fastest bowl all the time. How ever he was a fierce some bowler who bowled the unplayable stuff. A person of his calibre should have been nurtured well in his interest as well as Pakistan's interest.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Being an Indian and seen him bowling Sachin and Dravid in Calcutta test filled me with anger and hate at that time. But I was on his side when there was race to record fatest bowl between him and bret lee. I was proud of him being fastest bowler in the world from sub contienent. He was one of the reason to watch Ind-Pak matches. I(probably most of indian cricket fan) will miss him during Ind-Pak matches.

Posted by Wazzi on (March 18, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

ANOTHER LEGEND GOES BUT PAK WILL BRING ANOTHER PACER SOON BUT SHOAIB IS SHOAIB NO ONE CAN TAKE HIS PLACE !!!!!

WHOLE NATION WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND MISS YOU ALOT!!! GOOD BYE HAVE A NICE LIFE RAWALPINDI EXPRESS.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

best of luck shoaib in future

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

HI ITS A VERY BAD NEWS THAT A THIS TYPE OF PLAYER IS LEAVING DUE TO HIS TEAM MATES BUT SHOIB YOU ARE A HERO OF PAKISTAN AND I SALUTE TO YOU EVERY TIME I BOLWED I JUST THINK ABOUT YOU . GOD BLESS YOU SIR .YOU KNOW I FEEL VERY LUCKY THAT I SAW YOU IN THIS WORLD CUP

Posted by Q72941 on (March 18, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Had it not been for Kamran Akmal, Mr. Express & PAK would have had a different out come of that Match against NZ. The clean bowled of Jayawardene in the match against SL showed that he still got it & even he was unplayable to NZ, the same Taylor who belted him in late over was not even daring to try in earlier overs & as I said, " Had it not been for Akmal the result would have been different" - People who have played cricket especially the bowlers, know that when they get a wicket they strive for the another one but when they are let-off like He was, unfortunately then it takes the heart & mind out. But for all that it worth - Shoaib has been a great entertainer of the game. Just the sight of him charging down the wicket was a scene to behold. So long Shobi U DA MAN. May THE ONE bless you.

Posted by MohammadNaveed_Ali on (March 18, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

U MAKE CRY TO THE WHOLE NATION :( GONA MISS U SHOAIBI U R THE BOWLER GOD GIFTED TO A NATION ONCE IN A CENTURY :)

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

Hey Shoaib bahi.. it was fun watching you all these years.. you have a really big heart.. and courage to push the limits. You will be missed. Good luck to you.. enjoyed alot as well with beautiful girls all around the world (Lucky you), now think about getting married my friend. :)

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

All the fan boys don't get emo because you never know, he might 'change' his mind like so many other ex-players of our team.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:27 GMT)

We are going 2 missssssssssssssssssss uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu shabiii

Posted by TheBigFatFlapjack on (March 18, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

Good God, I started crying while reading this article and I'm not even Pakistani! There is something about Shoaib the Rawalpindi Express. He is the ultimate cricket showman, the real character, the bad-boy. He was genuinely hostile as a fast bowler who could've gone on to achieve a lot more had he been more disciplined. But he was flamboyant, exuberant, aggressive, blunt, angry, passionate, enthusiastic, stubborn and a bit insane. He wanted to prove everyone wrong. It was his way or the highway. For this, every Shoaib fan had a love affair with him, and I say this with respect and admiration. Altho Shoaib wasnt a good role model, many kids wanted to be like him. He made fast-bowling exciting. He made cricket worth watching. I myself will be flipping missing this fella. He is and will be one of my fav cricketers ever. Its a shame we wont see him again. Shoaib, for being what you were, n for the memories, this is my tribute to you. Love u & wil miss u, Dawg. Dont leave the big screen.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Good Decision At The Right we will Miss u Shobiiii

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

the boy whom dr said that he wont be able to run in his life became the world fastest bowler....no one can do it only shoaib can.....one of the legends for whom i am sure will not be forgotten.....sir thanks for entertaining us....God bless you....

Posted by WeeBee on (March 18, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

You have made us cry with your SMILE, LOVE YOU , WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

Posted by TheRedKing on (March 18, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

" CRICKET will miss you Shoaib "......that's all I can say :'( , there will be surely replaceable of every player but you were the unique specie in this game...

Posted by JMQ6 on (March 18, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

You won our hearts in Eden Gardens '99. We'll love you for that for a long time to come. Best wishes for a wonderful future. You wore the star with passion, and that's what matters in the end!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

love u & gonna miss u a lot...........

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

mr sohaib.. even if u dont decide to quit. they wont select u in future. so there is nothing to worry..

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

shoaib we all love you,best of luck

Posted by wasim_007 on (March 18, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

What can I say to you SHOIAB you are a GEM.....and more than a GEM....you played only for Cricket and Nation and Passion...we saw a lot bowler who used to play for money and fame but you played for the game of cricket and for the passion of CRICKET...for the country....you are EXTRAORIDINARY.....this is very hard to digest that you will be no more in action...WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!.....WE ARE DISAPPOINTED....EMBARRASSED...DEJECTED....AND MUCH MORE!!!!GOD BLESS YOU...MERE BHAI....GOD BLESS YOU....MAY ALLAHA GIVE YOU THE POWER TO CARRY ON GOOD DEEDS....

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

Excellent and one of the most entertaining bowler of all time. I used to watch him with just as much gusto as I watched bowlers like Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Wasim Akram, Muralitharan etc.

Posted by Raja-XI on (March 18, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

A true legend.Shoaib Akhtar we will miss u.All the very best for ur future.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 18, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Extremist is the term suitable for Shoaib Akhater. His addiction to bowl 100 miles per hour took his whole career away. He was best from 1998 to 2004. He lost his game when he crossed 100 miles barrier. I wish i could bowl like him and destroy whole batting lineup. He was special charachter and special specie , he was not normal bowler. I would never like to face him in his prime becuase he would kill me , he was too dangerous to face. He was Rawalpindi express and i believe that if that express struck to some body he can easily die. I think extreme bowlers like Akhtar should be banned from cricket becuase they can kill somebody 100 miles is too much to face. Ball hurts you.

However a great bowler and great entertainer.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Love you brother.... Will miss yaaaa .... Dont know how Pak will find some one like you ..... You were the real terror for any batsman nd the brightest originall star of our team. Hope you help Pak win this worldcup to make it memorable 4 u nd us InshaAllah ..... Good Luck with your future dude.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

World cricket Miss you..............

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

InshaAllah God will not let you down....u will rock there for pakistan (Inshaallah) till CWC 2011 victory...God bless u and keep you out of worries......

Posted by pinkoparlo on (March 18, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

I hated you when you bowled Dravid and Tendulkar with consecutive deliveries. But now I cannot help but admire that piece of art. Good luck for the future!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

HAY RAWALPINDI EXPRESS YOU ARE THE BEST WE ALWAYS MISS YOU AND THE LEGENDS ALWAYS REMEMBER IF U PLAYED AGAINST AUSTRAILA MASSH THEM I PRAYER FOR U AND ALSO MY CRICKET TEAM ONCE AGIAN U R THE BEST FROM ABDUL(CANADA)

Posted by m.a.khokhar on (March 18, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

we love u Shoaib awsome Akhtar , we salute u for ur wonderfull services for Pakistan , we will miss u forever.. i have lots ov tears in my eyes today and am really feeling sad that how can we see cricket matches without Shoaib.. wow what a fantastic sight it is when Shoaib runs in every ball and ball is heart out even at batting friendly pitch at Eden Garden or against England at pakistan soil,, how can we forget those deadly dangerous spell aginst the Kiwis to pull back the victory when they were winning comprehensively, who wud ve run thru the tall batting orders likes of Aussies and Indians instead of Legeng Shoaib.. WE WILL MISS U SHOAIB AND THIS WHOLE WORLD WILL MISS MR 100 mph .GOD BLESS U AND MAY ALLAH GIVE U LOTS OV RESPECT AND PEACE IN REST OF UR LIFE.. HATS OFF TO U SIR ..GO SHEBY GO GO SHEBY GO,, GO AND WIN THIS CUP FOR UR COUNTRY GO AND RUN THRU THE BATTING ORDERS AGAIN ONCE FOR THE LAST TIME , WE R PRAYING FOR U....... GOD BLESS PAKISTAN LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.........

Posted by Ammar_pak on (March 18, 2011, 4:29 GMT)

Sir, you dont need to cry...you have made us cry !!

Posted by Crick_Expert on (March 18, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

Shoaib was fastest bowler among great 4 legands. Imran, Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib. Shoaib Akhtar was my favourite bowler, who speed was outstanding 100mph. Might be Cricket fans will need to wait for a long time to see any other bowler like this. The cricket world will miss you always....

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

A gem of a bowler. An era of quick pace and accuracy with the yorkers. Every Great batsman of the late 90's and 2000's has a mark for his great great terrifying bowling. u will never be forgotten. Pakistan Cricket will miss you forever. Luv you forever.

Posted by AMTRBZ on (March 18, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

A True Legend and Inspiration to Many, The Great Shoaib Akhtar.....Good Luck and a Legend never be forgotten....Good Luck for the future :)))

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

good decision RAWALPINDI EXPRESS......l.pakistan loos another x-press after waqar&wasim................

Posted by Crick_Expert on (March 18, 2011, 3:53 GMT)

Pak. Team should fire Kamran Akmal ASAP. Kami sinked Rana Naveed, Denish K.; Aamar; M. Asif's boats & now the Legand Shoaib Akhtar. There is no doubt Shoaib did outstanding job against NZ, but Kami couldn't pick any catch. So, how come Shoaib should be out from team? Shaoib is only a match winner and only a player from whose other teams fear-off...Shoaib MUST play all next match and rib all teams on the ground. On the other hand; Afridi listen and listen carefully you can't win WC without Shoaib Akhater.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

Probably not the best bowler Pakistan produced but definitely the most patriotic, risilient and excited... for some reason he seems to be the last of the titans

Posted by tick on (March 18, 2011, 3:40 GMT)

really i got tears in my eyes remembring the young shoaib bowling against safricans,indians,aussies,english and kiwis..5 of his best performances..i had videos of all of them and just can't stop my tears..truly one of best bowlers pakistan produced..its a misfortune that he had off-field issues..BUT WE LOVE YOU SHOAIB,WE WILL MISS YOU..

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 3:28 GMT)

You are the hero bro...I am the big big fan of you...i will miss you ;-(

Best of luck...

Posted by MalikNadeemAwan on (March 18, 2011, 3:22 GMT)

What a lost to the game of cricket. One of the great genuine quick bowler of all time is going to leave the game forever. Best of luck for Great man THE RAWALPINDI EXPRESSSSSSS

Posted by shanazbhat1 on (March 18, 2011, 3:15 GMT)

all the best rawalpindi express

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

Though I am not the biggest fan of Shoaib Akhtar (or shoobi, as I called him over years, he is my age haha), but I am really sad that our "Super Star" is saying good bye, this time on his own. Shoaib was full of aib (Flaw in Urdu) initiall, but became be-aib (Flawless in Urdu) in last couple of years. I so wished he was the Shoaib he is and he would have gone many a miles. He is definitely one of the true best Pakistani Bowler, and then, the only hope after Wasim n Waqar. I am so glad he was able to play his last world cup and in a way (if it was not for mr akmal senior), leaving cricket on his HIGH. Yes just forget about the 28 runs Taylor hit him, those runs were actually against Kamran Akmal (who should seriously think about retiring).

Shoaib you were a true entertainer, a fighter jet a Ferrerri and True Pakistani, at the end of your Career. Thank you for all those wonderful year, you did make Pakistan proud...most of the time... Thank you!

Posted by taqui.acca on (March 18, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

Shoaib we love you..Rock the game with Australia.

Posted by Farrukh1971 on (March 18, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

WE WILL MISS YOU SHOAIB. BEST OF LUCK FOR THE FUTURE.

Posted by ShahroseKhan on (March 18, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

Legend - Fastest Bowler in history

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

One of the rare bowling species... talented one... albeit I think he jst fell short of achieving the heights he himself was capable of... perhaps due to the shadow of his great predecessors.. but one of the Characters of the game.. in one of the most Mercurial sides in the World..

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

SHOAIB AKHTAR! legend, our beloved speedstar. you are the king of our hearts. you'll be missed forever. always try to be with your fans like IMRAN khan or Wasim Akram or Waqar Yonis......your choice. join the good cause, be a comentator or be a coach!

we are the cricket loving youth in Canada. we will be looking forward to your coaching in Canada.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 2:33 GMT)

Goodbye and good luck to one of the most talented and entertaining cricketers of our time.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

You will never be forgotten!!!

Posted by Dwkr4u on (March 18, 2011, 2:27 GMT)

Hey shoaib......you are the heart and inspiration for all speedsters not only in india but all over world........have a nice future.....

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

Yes, its part of leaving, somebody who enters has to leave. When i read this article, believe me i felt a pain in my heart. We wanted Shoaib to become more fit, but you announced Retirement. Good Luck Shoaib.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

What a man, how adorable his Passion..." Shoaib"...you made tears run down my eyes....actually for the first time i had tears in my life.....will miss ya on field... sayin good buy to ur impressive career would be difficult for ya but is heart reckoning for me....even though i am from "Bangladesh" I Salute you for your passion to play for Pakistan...i could say they are losing their early dawn....but Good luck to them....they should not have the lights taken away from them....

Posted by CanGrit on (March 18, 2011, 1:48 GMT)

Wow he is a great cricketer. HE IS THE FASTEST BOWLER EVER.We salute you Shoaib for all the great moments. We love you soo much...We WILL miss you..I still believe he should in Twentytwenty..But thank you sooo much for everything

Posted by Maliktufail on (March 18, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

This is very apt decision from the Rawalpindi Express. Shoaib Akhtar has been a glamour in the cricket world, He is among the top 5 incons in the pakistani cricket who gained so much reputation. We loved him and accepted him despite his controversial moments in the histroy of his career. We always liked to have in our team. he gave a Junoon to the pak cricket.

Posted by diehard_alwayz on (March 18, 2011, 1:28 GMT)

What about the Grade A contract he just got, is he gonna continue playing T20 or something?

Posted by kaasu on (March 18, 2011, 1:21 GMT)

End of a great Era. Shoaib you will never be forgotten. I'll definitely miss an aggressive bowler

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 1:10 GMT)

we are not only the one to miss you all world will miss you Mr. Shoaib Akhtar i solute you for your dedication towards pakistan team

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 18, 2011, 1:10 GMT)

Shoaib, plz display one more final burst of devastating pace & aggression against indian top order batting line up in the up coming games.... U will certainly be missed by 1.5 billion indian fans....Ciao

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 0:38 GMT)

Good luck and god speed in your new life.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 0:32 GMT)

Shoaiby Speedster - You will be missed ! Now lets get back to business and cruise to the finals ! All the best

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 0:25 GMT)

A great cricketer, a great bowler,a great man.we will miss you man!!!!! i still remember when i saw him first time in british embassy in islamabad about 12 years ago.happy retirement shoaib akhtar.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

He was a bowling beast..........best luck for the future ;)

Posted by DMQureshi on (March 18, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

I am very saddend but he had to call it a day anyhow on day, but he will be remembered and talked about for a long time to come for his talent and his fast bowling I hope he keeps on serving pakistan circket after his retirement in some other way some other form and the future generation to come can utilize his knowledge he has of fast bowling and of the game

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

Shoaib I m gonna miss u so much and also ur best 47 runs U are a great bowler in the history of Cricket U become very sad whenever any fielder drop the catch or could not stop the ball it shows that u are a devoted cricket player I would like to watch u in the movies because u have an actor face as well hehehehehe wish u best of luck in the Future

Posted by   on (March 18, 2011, 0:04 GMT)

What a glory..... feeling proud that you are Pakistani...... God bless

Posted by LSAF on (March 17, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

Sad to see you going, but happy to see you go with respect and your own will. The number of comments given here prove how many people are your fans and how much they love you. You are a Ferrari in fast bowlers and a falcon among birds! Impressive character, charming personality, superb sportsman and sensible human being.

Posted by loke_cricfan on (March 17, 2011, 23:53 GMT)

I am an India, but we miss u shoaib. If you have played for any other country, you will be played more than 100 tests. HAPPY DAYS

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 23:49 GMT)

Great Athlete and a great personality. I met him in 2005 with world XI. He was very nice to all the fans.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

You will always be one of my favourite bowlers. Wish you hung around for a bit more. Good luck Akhtar bhai!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

one of the greatest cricketer of this decade gona miss u a lot we are lucky to see u playing

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 23:43 GMT)

Will miss you Akhtar :( , your presence in the team was enough to demoralize any of the opponents, you always played devotedly with full strength and power and gave us a reason to be happy with your performance.No one can replace you.May ALLAH give you a happy life and success in your future plans.

Posted by CanGrit on (March 17, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

Farewell Rawalpindi Express!!! We are gonna miss YOU....You are STILL the fastest bowler in the world and no one can deny that!!Wish you all the best...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 23:25 GMT)

OH MY GOD !!! i still cant believe he is getting retirement it seems like a dream we r watching him since last 13 years best bowler ever produced by pakistan we all love u SHOAIB and we will miss u alot .

Posted by PAKricket on (March 17, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Best of luck Shoaib and thanx for all the entertainment on and off the field u provided for Pak fans and other cricket fans around the world.

Posted by Finn92 on (March 17, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

I suppose his career will be looked back on with a lot of what ifs. His stats are very good but if he had kept injury free they may have been great. A good character none the less and best wishes for his retirement

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

LONG LIVE THE RAWLPINDI EXPRESS . HOPE YOU STILL TRAVEL THROUGH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AT 100 MPH, NO OTHER WAY TO FLY MY FRIEND

Posted by Joji_ on (March 17, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

I had tears in my eys while reading this. Shoaib was perhaps the last remaning icon of the legacy created by imran, wasim and waqar. He was a geniune quick bowler. But its good to see him leaving with his head held high and not among any controversies.

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 17, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

We thank you from the core of our heart the ..... FASTEST BOWLER......... of cricket history. We solute you for your services, you have been a great great servant of Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

Shoaib you are our hero and still in this world cup we are looking forward to see wonderful bowling from your end ..... you gave us smile when you play and win for us ..... you are one of the best and we love you

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 22:25 GMT)

All the madness, the genius, the attitude, the injuries, the speed;All that was Shoaib Akhtar is saying goodbye.Farewell Shoaib my first real cricketing hero.You will be missed.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

Shoaib is one of the last wild guys cricket had....best of luck

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

You will never be forgotten!!!

Posted by 1501tamim on (March 17, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

dude! i have grown up watching cricket in our living room tv set. i have had a generation of cricket supporters ... more specifically Pakistan cricket supporters. i was just 8 yrs old ... when pak won 1992 world cup .... just saw Imran & Javed for a while ... saw wasim ... saw waqar .... saeed ... inzi ... yousuf .... younis .... basit ... aamir ... izaz ...moin .. shahid .... razzak ... saleem ....... well, actually me, my elder bro (25yrs older than me) and my old man ( 50 yrs older than me) watch cricket together .... My dad always talks about the lyks of MAJID, IMRAN, SHARFARAZ, JAVED, QADIR ... how great they were in cricket .... my bro talks about WASIM, WAQAR, SALEEM, SAEED or INZI for dat matter .... but me well, i guess i dont find any more association left with CRICKET any more ... gonna switch on to football .... as soon as ... da man dat i m gonna talk about to my next generations quit playing .... & well, GONNA MISS YOU SHOAIB more than I WILL MISS CRICKET!

Posted by Martensad on (March 17, 2011, 22:04 GMT)

Shoaib, bowling legend. Many thanks and best wishes for retirement.

Posted by shaz101 on (March 17, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

Shoiab, well done mate you are leaving the game on your own terms and not being pushed... but despite being the best bowler you could have been, I think you wasted at least 5 years serving Pakistan cricekt with either fooling around or jusst being plain stupid. But overall I would say that you are the only player I came across over the past 10 years who really played for Pakistan and the pride you showed in that shirt has been extraordniary.. I hope you get to play against the best tomorrow night and deliver with a huge win that will boost their 1/4 chances both morally and confidence wise. ALL THE BEST YOU HAVE BEEN PAKISTAN"S BEST WHEN FIT AND FIRING....................

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:48 GMT)

Shoaib was all about energy and adrenaline rush - A genuine wicket taking bowler!! With Mohammad Amer and Asif sidelined he re-emerged as the savior of what was left of our once sensational pace attack! We'll miss Shoaib, perhaps the only star material in the current team besides Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

love u shabby!will miss u a lot!

Posted by Rakim on (March 17, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

Many has come, and many will come, but there won't be anyone who can bowl like you, great legend.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:39 GMT)

i love you sohib , thanx your good dicission really miss you

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

We MIssed u SHoaib.......... BEST OF LUCK....

Posted by Mirza22 on (March 17, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

Fast bowling will never be the same without Shoiab Akhtar. Over all these years people have hated him for 'stupid/personal reasons' but what they couldn realise was a simple fact of him being a true agressive, passionate, lethal, an absolute geniune FAST BOWLER. I could never understand why people were so interested in his off-field endeavours. We should be thankful to him as he made us witness what I can only describe as hypnotic display of sheer pace bowling. A wise man once said 'give the devil it's due credit' and I believe he absolutely deserves the respect; the one who broke that pace barier and raised the bar for other's to follow. Waqar, Lee, Bond and now Tait are the only bowlers who truly fall in his league but no one gets close in raising the adrenaline the way Shoaib did. Hats of to the LEGEND of PACE and he will surely be missed. I wish him all the best.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:25 GMT)

We are gonna miss some quality fast bowling. i still remember when i saw you first on TV during sharjah cup.. i was in class 4 that time...

Posted by DadaNationalArmy on (March 17, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

Rawalpindi Express, you were a delight!!!

Posted by izazkhan on (March 17, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

The best bowler ever produce in history of cricket. We will miss you !!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

I believe u must have hated u r self after getting hit like anything while bowling to SRT... u must have remembered that 2003 WC match while reading out your speech at the press conf.... good job shoaib....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

one more legend going from Pakistan team.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

hey guys love him or hate him hes made every cricket fan notice him atleast figures wise his career might be judged as mediocre but anyone that has seen this man bowl knows that this man on his day can bring down the greatest of batsmen sachin included and on his offdays get smashed around his pace has both been his weaken and his greatest power if we had a keeper that could keep up with his pace we would see better figures Moin khan as that keeper i love kamran bu he needs to get his head in the right place this isnt a regular series this is the world cup play for Shoaib man make him proud to have played for pakistan in this final stage for him

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

Fast bowling can not completed without shoaib akhter....

Posted by Evilpengwinz on (March 17, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

I think a lot of people expected this announcement, but it's still a huge loss for international cricket. I still regret not having the opportunity to see him at his best. Best of luck to him in the future :)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Best of luck Shoaib, you gave many a great moments on the field, you will be greatly missed but you are a legend!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

A man like him never truly retires as he will always be in our hearts, as the fastest bowler to have ever played the game just like the legend of Wasim Akram and Waqar wont ever die the Rawalpindi Express will never die either !

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

Thank you for everything, Shoaib Akhtar. You'll always be missed. Always.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

I wait to see pakistan batting because Afridi is there and I wait to see Pakistan bowling because Shoaib is there. You will be remembered among the best ones. Long live Shoaib

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

Love you Shoaib... The Rawalpindi Express, The Quick, the Fast, Mercurial,... We will surely miss you..

Posted by PakCric786 on (March 17, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar all i have to say is that you are legend and the greatest fast bowler in cricket.. I do dua that Allah give you all the happiness and peace in the world.. please look after yourself and good luck for the WC.

INSHALLAH PAKISTAN WILL WIN THIS WC FOR OUR GREAT PAKISTAN & SHOAIB AKHTAR.

WE WILL MISS YOU!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

He might have been able to hold back the tears but its getting very hard for me now, this whole days has been a sad one for me. Shaby chaa ja cheetay go get us the cup.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

U r the best ..We'll miss u ..it really make me sad...:( love ur attitude, ur aggression ur character everything abt you..Lov you alot gonna miss u. U r a real rock star of the Cricket word n Nightmare for the batsmen ...Long Live Shoaibi n Best of luck for the rest of your world Cup!!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and putting Pakistan above self. You will be missed in this great game of Cricket and Pakistani's around the world will continue to watch the highlights of games where you shone like a star. God bless and Best of Luck!

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (March 17, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Shoaib you absolute legend. I think the entire cricketing world will be extremely sad to see you go. You are what cricket is all about. EVERYBODY wants to see you bowl. You were the fastest of all time, and I am waiting to see if anybody will ever top your 161kph delivery. Some of your spells were just mind-blowing. Amongst the greatest match-winners that Pakistan has produced. Pakistanis should be proud of him, and Cricket should be proud to host such a sportsman like him.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

truly the trademark of pakistani fast bowling ..... he is a legend in my eyes... greatest champion ever !!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Thanks for all the entertainment shoaib! will never forget that tendulker scalp, one of the finest moments in cricket history. missing your well disguised loopy slower balls, they were fatal! your run-up and bowling action were the best highlight of a fast bowler!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:26 GMT)

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and putting Pakistan above self. You will be missed in this great game of Cricket and Pakistani's around the world will continue to watch the highlights of games where you shone like a star. God bless and Best of Luck!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

miss u ..................u were delight to watch

Posted by DesiPathan on (March 17, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

When every kid wants to bowl like you- You know you had a Great Life!!! All the best Shoaib and hope you stick around to train and who knows we'll find the next gem to break the 110mph barrier.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and putting Pakistan above self. You will be missed in this great game of Cricket and Pakistani's around the world will continue to watch the highlights of games where you shone like a star. God bless and Best of Luck!

Posted by mallamange on (March 17, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

I am from India, and i always admired Shoaib. He had big shoes to fill , when he had to replace Waqar and Wasim, and in the long run, i dont think he played to his potential, but gave cricket lovers all over the world many exciting moments. I smiled with pride when a sub continental paceman made the world conquering Aussies were running for cover .. in their own backyard !. He had personality and thats what makes Cricket so much more fun. I will certainly miss the Rawalpindi Express !

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

Shoaib the "bad boy" of cricket. "There is a fine line between genius and insanity, I have erased this line" This quote perfectly describes this true legend. I was lucky to have watched him live on a few occasions, an absolute sensation...I wish him the very best in life after cricket. I think he will be a real asset as a fast bowling coach to any national team, be it Pakistan or our Indian brothers. Later on in life I would like to see him as a commentator as he can speak good english and I would love to hear his views and opinions on the dieing art of genuine fast bowling. Shoaib you were the true RockStar of cricket. You made Pakistan Proud!

Posted by amer.saeed on (March 17, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

Love you Shoaib, Will miss you in cricket grounds always.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

SHOAIB U ARE A TRUE LEGEND because of you i watched pakistan play reading this article has bought tears to my eyes we will miss you. you are a true pakistani when people doubted you you just came back stronger. you were the reason i used to wake up in the early hours of the morning to watch pakistan play on telly i was there at the rose bowl when pakistan played west indies and when you bowled that few balls to lara

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

People all through out the world have said bad things about him and stuff since he started playing! I always believed and still do that after Imran Khan and Wasim Akram if there is one player who could lead Pakistan to the Glory of the World Cup is him and it could be that he wins the World Cup for himself, his team and his country! So, what if he had a lousy career? He's been magical, simply magical !!!

One word for this man ' LEGEND ' ... Trust me Shoaib, the first day i saw you ball I had pinned my hopes on you that you're the man to lead us and insha Allah you will lead us to glory on 2nd April 2011 in Mumbai ... I literally have tears in my eyes just to hear at the end of this exciting career which fulfilled everything.. You are and will always be a LEGEND !!! we all love ya man !!! May Allah be with you, ameen !!!! Have a great life ahead rockstar !!!

Posted by GHEUN_TAK on (March 17, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

hats off to one of the greatest!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

with tears in our eyes, we wish all the best to shoaib for the rest of the world cup matches. You shall be dearly missed on the field shaiby !

Posted by Chirs-Cry on (March 17, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

Dear Shoaib, it won't be easy to forget you. You had left a lasting impression on me, not only me but also for the next generation fast bowlers, you really have set high standards. It was an absolute pleasure watching you run-in and bowls those magnificent Yorkers and bouncers at 90+ mph. Cricket won't be same after your retirement. Hopefully, you will retire with dignity and along with that you can lead Pakistan to the World Cup triumph. You're the only bowler who poses threats to the batsmen all over the world, and they feared you the most. Your records do not do justice with your extraordinary talent. It brings tears to my eye to say good bye to you. Good bye Shoaib, you will be remembered as the fastest, most destructive and perhaps the most feared bowler of all time. Long live Rawalpindi Express, May ALLAH bless you. Shoaib Akhtar, A legendary Fast bowler.

Posted by WakXx on (March 17, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

that two delievriz were fantastic to watch.. best of luck in future..!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

you are our superstar. we will miss yu every ball of cricket :-'(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

we dont want to miss ur career soon...plzzzzzzz continue am a big fan of shoaib akthar,the one and only the super fastest bowler in International Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

u r a champ shoaibi... we all love u buddy!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

a paceman goes leaving space for a better one , but still shoaib is and will remain shoaib who silenced a full capacity indian crowd

Posted by akanuke on (March 17, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

O Shoaib! you are our hero, n u will be , u make us believe what pace and aggression is... for you we started love cricket...we heard of legends like Imran, Wasim but infact we only had heard about them but we have seen you our Hero! you always be in our hearts... we will miss u.. I will miss you shoaib , whole pakistani nation will miss you, even i will say every cricket lover will miss you in cricket! May God bless you my Hero, my inspiration....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

Express really really I will miss u

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

You'll be missed by many if not all......... thanks for giving such memorable moments..

Posted by Muzzammil_Shahid on (March 17, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

No one on the earth can bowl like Speed Hulk Shoaib Akhter.God made him ONCE.Please God make another please.

Posted by MeerzKhan01 on (March 17, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

With his retirement the glamor of cricket will gone. He will be by the whole cricketing world remembered for long long time.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Great Bowler in the history of Pak Cricket...wish you best of luck.....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Why do people keep specifying they're Indians? Anyhow... Perhaps I should, as well, if that is the rule, or something: I am Indian, Shoaib, I love watching you play, love watching you bowl, and with you you'll take away something very rare and precious. A cricketer who's not just a global icon but one who managed to make enough room in people's hearts that he will truly be missed, and not just forgotten, or even remembered as just a name on a list.

Again, I hope Pakistan play their Quarter Final in India. I don't know what'll happen from there, but at least that match you guys will play.

Good luck, and fare well.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

we really miss you shoiab

Posted by fakaleo on (March 17, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.... No substitute for those aggressive eyes.. Miss u!

Posted by Dr.Su on (March 17, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

A guy who bowled with all his heart..... a genuine aggressive fast bowler... 1 of the best that cricket has produced... YOU WILL BE MISSED ALOT.... Come on, give us another thrilling performance before u go... Come on Shoaib!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

We'll miss you so much, Shoaib! Hope you come to India for your Quarter Final.

Posted by Jawwad_Misbah on (March 17, 2011, 19:16 GMT)

True genius and a great bowler to watch, deadly accurate no one like him I saw in my life as fast as he was. Give great pleasure to see him bowling ...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

it feels empty.....sad. You were a a real star and we will miss you man!

Posted by sameerirshad on (March 17, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

will and always miss you, prayers for you,,,love ya....

Posted by klobania on (March 17, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

he is no doubt the fastest bowler in the world and i think his attitude throughout his career matches his personality, pace and aggression. he is one of the greatest entertainers world cricket has ever produced. only pak can produce such a rare talent. he proves his worth while being part of sub-continent team. had he played more matches outside sub-continent he might have been the greatest fast bowler world has ever produced. we all will miss u n we believe that this world cup will be won by pak n u will be major part of it.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

Greatest of all times....no words for a player like him....thx for entertaining us....it feels great watching a player of your caliber putting all his efforts to help his team. You were my hero when i was a kid...i grew older watching you bowl....you will always remain my hero.I'll miss you Shoaib Akhtar.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

will miws ur bowling...shoaib...reall ur a great bowler....hats off to u..... hav great l=future ahead

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

i love u for a human being and the fastest baller ever shoaib akhter but pls dont leave cricket at least play 20 20 inshAllah u will play major role in the 2011 world cup inshAllah wel will win the w cup amin

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

We will miss you Shoaib .He is a great entertainer and a good athlete too,Despite injuries and off field controversies he has managed a successful career,won many matches for Pakistan..There will be no one like you ever again... We will miss you Shoaib.....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

There will surely never be another like him! Shoaib "awesome" Akhtar!

Posted by Raipuri on (March 17, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

The true star of fast bowling. The very last of pure true pace. I remember watching him from stands from bowling end, and trust me it was the best sight to watch in cricket. You will be missed shoaib akhtar. You were unique and cricket will never have anyone like you. Thanks for making us proud for being your fan for all these years.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Truly a character cricket will miss.. At least the moments he has given to cricket.. Hope we will have chance to see some of his great moment in coming games.. Love from Bangladesh..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

When you are gone fast bowling will just not be the same!

Posted by Capricorn60 on (March 17, 2011, 18:48 GMT)

Even though I am a die-hard Indian fan, one has to admire Shoaib for bowling with 100% conviction & all his heart every time he took to the field. He has sweated buckets & probably gone through so much pain in bowling for Pakistan. Happy retirement Sir but hope we can still your talents in the IPL!

Posted by tauiuc on (March 17, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

Well done Shoaib!! You've out gunned Jeff Thomson not just in pace but in other Stats as well. Wish we could have seen more of you and Jeff though.

Posted by Devil109 on (March 17, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Shoaib Akhter personally one of the best fast bowler the world has ever seen..he has been a treat to watch over the years.. he had injuries and was half-fit in all of his late career matches but he gave his 100% performance and i would wanna see him giving his best in this world-cup as this is his last international game Wish him well in the future

Posted by PAK-92 on (March 17, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

shoaib, one last task for you to do is to bowl pakistan to victory in this world cup. SHOAIB AKHTAR, ANOTHER LEGEND OF PAKISTAN CRICKET. Luckily we will be able to replace him with another upcoming talented bowler, one thing pakistan will never be short of!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

He has a chance to clean up all his hickups of the past and win this world cup for this country and be one of the few cricketers to retire respectfully. Other legends like Javed Miadad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq left the cricket arena is not the ideal way or what they deserved to atleast.

Come on Shoaib Akhtar, prove the world you are a true Legend! All the best!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

i literally had tears in my eyes when i read the article of his retirement, truly a great bowler that the world has seen, kept a world record for 100mph delivery, i grew up watching him play for Pakistan and it was great May Allah give him all of the blessings in this life and bless him a happy one! take care!:)

Posted by SANTOSHPATRO on (March 17, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

thanks for entertaining the whole world of cricket ... personally i have relished all of ur deliveries..thanks man.. long live ...hope i will see more pacers from pak under your guidance

Posted by crying_game on (March 17, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Great bowler. I saw him bowl against zimbabwe @ manchester during the 99 world cup when he was at his fastest, sitting near midwicket. Had to turn the head around almost 180 degrees to follow him from the start of his long run up to the ball reaching the keeper. Not that the ball could even be seen at the pace it was flying and I have never seen the keeper stand so far behind. It was electric atmosphere and me being an Indian, enjoyed it sitting amongst vociferous pakistani fans. A terrific fast bowler is a rare breed and Shoaib was a real star. Will be missed. Have a great life man.God speed.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

Shoaib i can say for sure dat im, Munir Ahmed Bhatti, saddest of ol ur fans wen i heard dat Lion of Pakistan pace attack is retiring...Shoaib u could have stayed man...Specially wen PCB had given u A category contract only a week ago,,,o man, ol the thrill will be gone after u...Kant say bou others, but rezn y i watched pakistan games, n specially the bowling, was only because u were bowling.I wud say Shoaib was a legend, despite da fact he never did justice to his talent, variety n quality of bowling...Plz Shoaib,if u can,plz change your decision.U r still much better than lodz of other bowlers on the bench.Infact ure the best yaar.

Posted by GREATBHATTI on (March 17, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

there are tears in my eYes after reading thiS... wiLL miss u Shoaib,, u are such a entertaining player that whether u perform or didn't i wanted to see u in team in every match.. i didnot see matches of Pakistan with Canada and Zimbabwe because Shoaib was not there .. GooD lucK Shoaib....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

What a come back it was ! after keeping you out for such a long time and regular intervals by PCB. You have never disappointed us even against New Zealand as Taylor was removed twice by you in an over if Kamran Akmal would have held even a single one. LOVE YOU SHOAIB BHAI. And Come on PAKISTANI LIONS ITS TIME TO WAKE UP and time to show the world how talented pakistanis are. SHABI BHAI should be given Chance to play all the remaining matches of this WORLD CUP. HE shall win this one for Pakistan......i have no doubts..............................We are not going to leave you alone Shabi Bhai......SEE YA

Posted by brrajini on (March 17, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Best of luck for your future.... But really you missed one of the great cricter Sachin Tendulkar in your list......

Posted by zainuu on (March 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Shoaib you are a truely a legend in ur own right. No better sight in world cricket then seeing a full flowing akhtar in action.. the sound of tht timber going down can only be created by him! u use to give me goosebumps..miss u and wish u the best inn life!

Posted by hungdrug on (March 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

We will Miss you Shoaib!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

The Greates Fas Bowler of the history and the Great Legend of the cricket and Tiger of PAKISTAN,, You are leaving the cricket our eyes are full of emotions ,, but this is very right time to say good by, YOU will always be remember in the history the furious ball you bowled. Realy i am feeling lucky who has seen you bowling. I am disappointed that your talent was truly used by PAKISTAN. Wishing you a very happy life. May ALLAH blessed you in future.

Posted by DrSaSo on (March 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

As an Indian and a big Indian team fan and Sachin fan, why would I watch any other team play.

But Shoaib is such a charismatic bowler that I only watched his spells. His match winning performances, simply wow. Just amazing bowler - We all will miss you.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

love u shoib.................u r 1 of the best bowler of pakistan history

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

It is a sad day for International cricket. Bowler like Shoaib Akther are not going to born daily.Best of luck Shoaib Akthar.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

The last of the great pakistani legends finaly retires. you will always be remembered SHOAIB...... :-(

Posted by PraveenFantasyCric on (March 17, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

Cricket fans will really miss him a lot.... i like 4 for 71 v India, Asian Test Championship, Kolkata, 1999. the two inswingers to Tendulkar and Dravid. All the best Sohaib for future endavours.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

We will miss u shabby !!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

shoaib.... the last person in the cricketing world for whom i used to watch cricket... we will surely miss u :(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

You are truly legend that brings another phase in fast bowling era. I am sure we really miss you and always remember as one of greatest player ever produced by Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

The most glamorous bowler known to me.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

love u sir u r our pride nd hope u will give somethng xtraodrny to pakistan at the end of ur carrer my b u become a huge thing to remember after THE GREAT IMRAN KHAN

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

i am really sad today,,, this nation gonna miss you alot

Posted by ShaqsRulz on (March 17, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

Its better to be safe then sorry..............i think Shoaib gonna destroy Auussies........

Posted by BravoBravo on (March 17, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

You will be missed for liong long time Mr. Shoaib Akhtar. Besides being the fastest bowler in the history of the game , you have been the greatest entertainer in Cricket as Michael Jackson has been in the pop music. Good decision by you and good luck to you!

Posted by ossy on (March 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

one of da fast greatest bowler in the history of cricket...u wil b missed shoaib!! shoab thn brett lee, some time i do think what cricket wud b like widout shoaib n brett lee terror.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

Shoaib Akhter I'll miss u....

Posted by tanvir0001 on (March 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

my all tym Favorite. man with raw pace.. FASTEST BOWLER IN DA WORLD 100.2 MPH (161.3KPH) following u since 1998. tht 1999 wc, man. u r too gud Remember som magical moments. luvd u cin bowling in test matches, the fearless guy.. MR. SHOIAB AKHTAR. u just can't imagine how big fan m of urs. Whn eva pak plys I sit in front of the TV to c u bowling. To c ur SPEED . My bowling action is lyk urs, bt don hav tht speed haha. u r my hero. SAW U RECENTLY AT MIRPUR, DHAKA ON 15TH FEB. U, azmal n Junaid Khan was bowling next to the stadium. I was there till u gus left. saw ur knees, was raped up. Da first tym I saw u so closely. wud love to c u at MIRPUR if PAKISTAN becomes the topper or 3rd in da group. its really a sad moment, u r leaving. Da world will miss u 4 sure. no 1 can replace u. u r da only 1. U brought real aggression in pace bowlin. Pace bowling will be poorer without you Wud lyk to c WC on ur hand . u r ma mentor. I have got tears in my eyes. Anyways wish u hav a gr8 lyf ahead

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

LETS SEE IF THE RAWALPINDI EXPRESS DERAIL AUSTRALIAN WINNING RECORD IN WORLD CUP

Posted by TheBigFatFlapjack on (March 17, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

couldnt stop coming back to this... @EVERYONE - do ppl actually know Shoaib loved kids? He was crazy about kids and kids loved it too!! He would always have the time for them despite being the most fearsome and fastest bowler of all time. Yeah, I said all time. He was out there to get blood and break bones, not take wickets. He was a bare-knuckled street fighter in his youth, a real tuffie. May Allah SWT bless you and guide you in all your future endeavours Shoaib.

Posted by USAPakCricFollower on (March 17, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

It's still an awesome sight seeing Shoaib running in to bowl. Must be chilling for the facing batsmen when he was at his prime. Good luck for the rest of the WC, hope you go out strong!

Posted by rjmahi on (March 17, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

hey shoaib, i am an INDIAN but u r my favourite bowler in the world,ur bowling style & ur life style both r fabulous,i am a big fan of u,,,love u & always miss ur bowling & ur bowling style

Posted by ali.melwani on (March 17, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

Have a gr8 life shoaib.....Im sure deep down every batsman would breath a sigh of relief.....Uv won matches for pakistan.....U will be missedddd......:(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar was a great entertainer for sure

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

Goodbye Tiger, we'll miss you.

Posted by sahil_cricrazy on (March 17, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

What a guy........what a personality leaving the game of Cricket..........Hats off to his spirit and really great farewell words..........Whole of India will miss u Shoaib........that marvellous run up and that great aura around him.......Miss u Shoaib and best wishes 4 the future...........

Posted by mr82 on (March 17, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

pure speed..break the record again!!!!God Bless You..

Posted by riz103 on (March 17, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

One of my most unforgettable Shoaib moments was in Austrailia. He flew in Austrailia the morning of the game for the One day series, waived to the crowd that greeted him when he prepared to bowl, and then ripped through the Aussie line up like no one else I've ever seen. You will be missed Shoaib.

Posted by SachinPhil on (March 17, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

Dear Shoaib, you always will be the bowler i love to watch most. Please consider remaining with cricket as a commentator or coach. You will be missed dearly!

Posted by Striqker on (March 17, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

The Play he played was match less he is one of the most deadly attackers of the world his couple of deliveries i.e 100 miles was made history i think yes he may not utilised his full abilities and havent played much but for me "when he knocked the middle stump of little master SR Tendulkar was the delivery of his life for me"

Posted by Emancipator007 on (March 17, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

Feeling real bad about this retirement. An extreme pace bowler irrespective of his nationality stirs your senses. Jeff Thompson and Andy Roberts in the 70s. Holding, Marshall, Patterson and Imran at times in the 80s. Donald and Waqar in the 90s and Akthar and Bond in the noughties. And the batsmen facing them fearlessly and with good records against pace were Gavaskar, Amarnath, (Sandeep Patil briefly), Dean Jones, V.Richards , Martin Crowe, Gooch, Tendulkar. Atherton did OK but his modest records don't measure up. Wish Dale Steyn takes up the cudgels this decade, and instead of bowling within himself cranks up his pace even more and terrorizes batsmen. Want Amir back..a misdemeanor for a 18 year old. Shoaib was a sight…end of intense, adrenaline-pumping, highly competitive cricket between master batsmen/proficient technicians and express pace bowlers.

Posted by Jamal.Momin on (March 17, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

May ALLAH reward you with the World Cup 2011 as your farewell gift. May you prove yourself the best bowler for the remaining of the matches of your career. May you leave such good marks behind which the world always remember till eternity. May you succeed at every step in your life.

Aameen

Posted by namus18 on (March 17, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

he is a bowler worth watching for his speed & attitude, but he is not among the all time greats. He bowled only 3 balls to lara, & likes bowling to him; doesnt make sense. I know he dreads bowling to the indian tops, & him not mentioning anyone frm the indian top order confirms that :D Adios m8.. gud luck with the rest of your life.. thanks for the entertainment.

Posted by TheBigFatFlapjack on (March 17, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

Good God, I started crying while reading this article and I'm not even Pakistani! There is something about Shoaib the Rawalpindi Express. He is the ultimate cricket showman, the real character, the bad-boy. He was genuinely hostile as a fast bowler who could've gone on to achieve a lot more had he been more disciplined. But he was flamboyant, exuberant, aggressive, blunt, angry, passionate, enthusiastic, stubborn and a bit insane. He wanted to prove everyone wrong. It was his way or the highway. For this, every Shoaib fan had a love affair with him, and I say this with respect and admiration. Altho Shoaib wasnt a good role model, many kids wanted to be like him. He made fast-bowling exciting. He made cricket worth watching. I myself will be flipping missing this fella. He is and will be one of my fav cricketers ever. Its a shame we wont see him again. Shoaib, for being what you were, n for the memories, this is my tribute to you. Love u & wil miss u, Dawg. Dont leave the big screen.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Feels really sad to think about the cricket world with this man in it anymore.The fast bowler continues to become a dying breed. He was magnificent, especially on his day. Best wishes Shoaib, hopefully you go out with a great bowling effort in your last match.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

I remember, when all the Indian Crowed fell in silence in India, when you bowled out the Sachin. I love that moment. Miss you

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (March 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

He was a truly great bowler. I have to rate him as high as Waqar and Wasim - nearly. One simple reason: look at his bowling against Australia IN AUSTRALIA. Our great players, batsman Inzimam and Younis Khan were complete failures as batsmen. And Wasim as a bowler, was a complete failure against Australia, not just in Australia but in other places too.

Pakistan has been losing to Australia in virtually every game since 1999; with only Shoaib really hurting Australia with the other pacers failing miserably. It is a shame he bowled so poor v New Zealand in the current WC; he should have adjusted his bowling, rather than keep sending full tosses.

The one thing I hated about him, though, was his insistence to ball fastest, rather than bowl the best. McGrath one of the best paceman ever, was quite a contrast.

I and the whole nation wish the best for Shoaib.

Posted by emadqazi on (March 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

dont go plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... i cant even imagine cricket without shoaib akhter.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

A real Hero & match winner of pakistan cricket team .World of cricket miss you alot. Best of luck for future.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

miss u 4ever but best of luck 4 future its my request that always present yours self just same when u bold out first tim sachin tundulker.

Posted by shaikmasood on (March 17, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

I love you shoaib..... i love u r speed? i got the tears in my eyes when i had the news? it i still remember great bowling against India and New Zealand

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Shoaib you are a great player.....and you are a true Pakistani Hero. We will miss you.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

The real Show Man with a Real Heart....thats cricket is all about... Cricket might see fast bowlers but no one like Rawalpindi Express running and taking breadth away with his run-up... The Eagle ride becomes trademark for the many fast bowlers.. All in all I will miss him personally... just brought tears in my eyes after reading this article...It never easy when emotion takes center stage Good Luck For your Future Shoaib...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

we love you grade delivery always ::::::: we will mis you

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (March 17, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

I used to watch matches which Pak played just to see him bowling. I have never seen such a great bowler in my life. Obviously, there are the likes of Lees, Taits, Malingas... But Shoaib you will live for ever in cricket history. Thank you so much for entertaining us. And obviously, we will miss you and good luck.....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Shoib Bhai respects from an Indian ... nevr seen any bowler at anytime past or present electrifying the cricket statium when he runs to bowl .... you were somethign else my freind ....We will still love to see you around ...Please dont leave cricket altogether

Posted by AhmedMarsha on (March 17, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

Rawalpindi Express, i will miss you lots. You make cricket look so simple with the ball. I mean your pace, passion and love for the sport was unmatched in the Pakistan team. Who is the next Rawalpindi Express?

Posted by Farooq78 on (March 17, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Its a sad day for the cricket world. He could have done much more for Pakistan but stupid PCB ruined his career. He had discipline issues but surely he was a patriotic Pakistani and his name never came up regarding the corruption in cricket. After his departure, cricket world would not be left with any real genuine fast bowlers. Too much cricket is destroying the careers of fast bowlers. I agree with him when he said that he does not see his breed of fast bowlers emerging soon in cricket world. Thanks a lot Shoaib for playing for Pakistan and letting us win so many games single handedly. May Allah bless you.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

True legend...pakistan and the whole world will miss you

Posted by FAHADALAM14 on (March 17, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

well what can i say! the clueless batsmen when he is on song..bowling bowling from a runup that he has and the amount of energy he puts in to each of them is simply out of the world..The guys that think that he is an ordinary fasot bowler,try bowling fast as much you can and you will realise,what Shoaib Akhtar is made up of!i am a big if not the biggest fan of Shobi and grew up watching him cleaning all the batsmen of the world but unfortunately if got injuries and to carry on like that for 14 years is not a jok and hats off to you. At this moment i am not happy but trying to,thinking that what's in store for him in the remaining WC matches.I hope he has a grand farewell in a manner he desires. The last time Australia was beaten in WC was by Pak in 99 i hope he makes the difference this time Shoaib was one of the best if not the best to entertain the bowling spectators all around the world after Waqar and Wasim.He got mad at times but who doesnt , with a heavy heart,you will be missed!

Posted by Rick777 on (March 17, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

A fiery guy with allot of heart and bad temper who kept a mark as a great speedster in modern day cricket. Love his attitude. Could have done better. But then none of us are perfect and would like to regret what we have done. For me he is the best bowler the world has seen in the last 10 - 15 years along with Lee and Bond.

Wish you all the best Shoaib and may Allah (SWT) bless you and your loved once..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

already he was finished so its right decision to take retirement ,.. also he is not performing

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

A proud man is going out with his head held high.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

always in the sweet memories and high esteem.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

we all miss u shoaib...Best of Luck

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

i'll always miss her bouncers & yorkers =( bt every1 has 2 go 1 day.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

End of really Great Fast bowling era.."Playing for Pakistan was a dream. Yes, it was a dream" well said....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

Good Decision!!! Shoaib should now try to bring some speedster like him once he go.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

1st pakistan cricketer in the last 10 years to retire gracefully, instead of hanging around and bowling at 120-130k. he will always remain the fastest bowler ever!

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (March 17, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Is he retiring for "now" or for "good"? I have never seen a Pakistan player in the recent times 'really' retired. They always change their mind 'to serve their country' and come back

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

We will miss you...................

Posted by CricketChat on (March 17, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

There is always an air of expectancy when Shoaib bowls. He is mercurial in more ways than one. You can't say that with many fast/pace bowlers in the history of game. Too bad his body can't support his mind. He will always be remembered as a fair sports person. Good luck for future!.

Posted by anonyzious on (March 17, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

Whatever you did Shoaib, you will always be a part of my cricket memories and a lovely part of it at that. Although it was inevitable, your retirement gives me tears and I will surely miss you, thanks for all you did for Pakistan, cricket and the fans...Farewell.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

We love you Shoaib! Cricket without you will be boring i am sure!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

What a colorful character he was... long live Shoaib Akhtar...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

the show man of Pakistan Cricket, you'll be remembered

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

we will always miss you boss. thanks a lot to you for taking decision at right time.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

well... tears are here shoaib. some times we want to but lots of controversy , injury, hurt, bans..... but still we all love u shoaib. Shoaib we all pakistan love to c u and shahid khan afridi. bcz both of u play with aggression.... i want our aggressive shoaib ... i want to c the flying eagle................... we love u......... atleast he can play T20. even imran khan can . lol. shoaib we wan to in t20

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

shoaib you are a TRUE LEGEND no matter what people have said about you in the past you came back strong there is no replacing you i mainly watched pakistan games because of you and reading this article has bought tears in my eyes hope you stay around in some form with the pakistan cricket team all the beat shoaib a true pakistani shoaib zinda bad i will always watch your bowling on you tube

Posted by MHAMZA on (March 17, 2011, 16:30 GMT)

You are great Shoib PAKISTAN nation will always LOVE and REMEMBER you WE LOVE YOU SIR ALLAH BLESS YOU

Posted by Speed_does_matter on (March 17, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

One of the most Charasmatic personality in Cricket's history...Yes he made our heart beats go many a mile per sec with his run up...Cricket will never see a BOX Office superstar as SHOAIB!

Our prayers are with you where ever you go what ever field you choose...May ALLAH be with you and guide you Ameen

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:27 GMT)

we will always remember you. You are the star of 22 yards.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

Shaibi we love u.u r a real hero nd the most aggressive player after boom boom u will be missed

Posted by mohashin_reza on (March 17, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

Pace bowling will be poorer without you. Thanks for giving many wonderful moments you gave us. We will miss you.

Posted by NasirKash on (March 17, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

ufff, what a bowler i was always amazed to see him bowling. i kept standing when he was bowling. his bowling transpired energy into me. However the life must go on.. I really feel for Shoaib and his talk brought eyes into my ears.

Posted by ajbora502 on (March 17, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

Will never forget the two deliveries he bowled in semi final against new zealand in world cup 1999 to stephen fleming and roger twose as well as bowling steve waugh in the same world cup . He's always been exciting to watch , pakistan team as well as world will miss him for sure

Posted by pipsonian on (March 17, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Of all the stuff we hated Shoaib for, i salute him for providing us the moments of excellence that only he could. What personally stands out for me is the fact that he never sold himself and his country's name and for that i salute him. I never thought there would be tears in my eyes when shoaib would retire as i personally have seen many heros like Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Waseem Akram go and the heart ache could not be described. I thought i would be much stronger when i see Shoaib go but evreytime Pakistan loses a player of his callibre, the heart ache is much stronger. I wish him the best of luck. Thank You Shoaib.

Posted by PakistanicrickFan on (March 17, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

Best of Luck Shoaib in Future, I have got tears in my eyes and tell what i still remember them 2 great deliveries against Dravid and Sachin.

Posted by CricSare on (March 17, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

he is a great bowler..As a Sri Lankan, I have enjoyed his bowling too ..good luck Shoaib..

Posted by vickyrIND on (March 17, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

Love him or hate him but you can't ignore him. He is that kind of player (bowler). There are / were many of fast bowlers in the world cricket who are good on their own at their time but Shoaib is different, he BOWLS FAST WITH ATTITUDE and thats what make him different from others. He is FAST and FURIOUS. Has the killer instinct when playing. He bowls FAST with AGGRESSION. He is one of the bowlers in modern era who still create fear in batsman's heart (with all protective gears) and millons of fans when he start his rununp. He is a legend in FAST N FURIOUS bowling.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

love ya shoaib ........ u were delight to watch

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

well a genius!!! d only 1 who can play lyk shoaib is shoaib himself... thnx. 4 d entertainment man. wish u a gr8 lyf ahead!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

No need no describe Shoaib Akhtar, we all know what a Legend he is. Even when I came to know he is retiring I was not shocked at all as I already expected that from him. But what made it inevitable for tears to conquer my eyes were the complements I just read on this page by people around the globe. Being a Pakistani myself I know Pakistanis will obviously write good words for him, but the way Indians, mostly, have given him such an honour made me weep instantly. I really wish to see Pakistani and Indian teams to be combined together. With Indian Batting and Pakistani Bowling, no one can ever match us. Salute to Shoaib Akhter to make a name for Pakistan, and million THANX to my Indian brothers for having so good thoughts for Pakistani Sportsmen. I am really thankful to you ppl!

Posted by kabbasi123 on (March 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT)

True legend of cricket n great inspiration for me and for so many others...you will be missed by millions of hearts....wish u best of luck for ur future...PEACE

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT)

all the best shoaib for ur future, u'll always be a part ov our memories n surely a part of cricket history with all your elegance. i adore u so much tht dont've words to explain it, best of luck

Posted by cric009 on (March 17, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

Well, it's always better to retire at right time rathar than being thrown out of the team; and he can keep his dignity. Mr Shoaib already made re-entry to pak's team a few times. and I wont b surprised, he gets back again aftr the retirement. Of course, i respect him as one of the fastetest bowler; but not one of the greatest. That list has the names like Imran, Botham, Kapil, Hadlee, Mcgrath and those WI speedters in 80s!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

Best of luck... World of cricket will miss u..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

will miss you shoaib.. literally i have tears in my eyes reading that

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

The most energetic bowler that I have ever seen...Miss you speed star...Best of luck...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

Always love to watch your bowling! Thanks for your best effort and wish u a great career ahead! Best wishes from Nepalese Cricket Lover!

Posted by Itsallaboutcricket on (March 17, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

It would go down as the 2nd Saddest event in my life regarding Cricket. 1st one was Misbah Scooping the ball to short fine leg, Losing the final to India. Shoaib going off, would go down as the 2nd saddest event. I've a heavy heart after reading this. Long Live the Fastest man Alive !!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

Scintillating scenes while you run down the pitch to deliver a ball (Tiger coming from his den). I don't think so there any many glamorous servants of cricket like you. You will be utterly missed in cricket and alas for future cricket audience a star is bowing down. I hope with shoaib retirement, real fast bowler donot dry out. Shoaib, I am your great admirer. Wish you a blessed future and hope to see you with Pakistani team in some role.

And last and not least lets win a cup for Pakistan. Just run fast and bowl fast in ur last Matches.

SHOAIB AKHTER AND PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

Posted by Sharjil.k on (March 17, 2011, 15:01 GMT)

not going to lie and say i didn't have a tear fall out my eye. Our prayers are all with you. I'll always be proud for the fact, even when you've been circled with all the off field dramas..fixing was never one of them. You always played for the country, and that my friend will be the way you'll be remembered. You don't have to be a Pakistani to love this guy. I wish you get to play your last game at the final in Mumbai, inshaAllah. And bring the cup home. That'll be the perfect farewell. And yeah, become a commentator!! You've always been honest, and i'd REALLy like to hear what you have to say during the Pakistan matches!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

Its useless to talk about what Shoaib COULD have achieved...had be been more disciplined..or properly handled...or whatever...Cuz had he achieved ALL those things, he WOLDNT have been the same Shoaib we all knew...the Shoaib we LOVED, or LOVED TO HATE... His achievements or the so-called under-achievements came with a package...a package that defines LETHAL FAST BOWLING...a package that defined SHOAIB AKHTAR HIMSELF... He belonged to a rare (hopefully not dying) breed of LETHAL FAST BOWLING, which has been an important ingredient of World Cricket for over a century now. Calling him a wonderful entertainer will be an understatement. I will just like to thank him for BEING SHOAIB. WORLD CRICKET OWES A DEBT TO YOU FOR JUST BEING THERE AS THE RAWALPINDI EXPRESS...

Posted by puneet_usa on (March 17, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

Sorry- i mispelled the first name of this legend- Meant to write- SHOAIB AKHTAR- THE COMPLETE LEGEND- billions of cricket lovers are going to miss that thrill- your fast and furious approach to the cricket game made sure that no condtions of pitches- whether flat or bouncy bothered you from changing the course of the game within few quick missle style deliveries- Cheers to you SHOAIB- and hope you help the future of fast bowling with your training so the world can again wait for a legend to be born soon---!!!! i really hope BCCI grabs this opportunity to get Shoaib's services in fast bowling department to dig out some real express bowlers because I am sure Pakistan looking into history has never ever had any problem in producing express fast bowlers- he might be the person who can change the concept of spinner dominated pitches in India- Hope BCCI does something about it because not all the time you can depend on batsmen to win games- you need match winners like SHOAIB AKHTAR....!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

not only for shoib but every player have to call it a day.this is how world goes on.don't make a come back as so many pakistani players,that will make you soft from the word you earned"A GREAT BAWLER "

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:53 GMT)

Best of Luck... I am praying for you and hope you will doing some guidance to the up coming talent.

Posted by Desi_In_US on (March 17, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

Pakistan cricket will miss you Shoaib. World cricket will miss you. Even when you were not your best, you were still awesomely fast. I am glad to be part of the era that got to see you in action. I want to wish you all the best. I hope that your WC dreams will end in reality - for all of us (IA).

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

i love you shoaib dont let go your self:(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

All the best shoaib.....hope u have a great career ahead....

Posted by PakCanXI on (March 17, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Lets hope that Shoaib will end his career on a high note by winning Pakistan this world-cup and thus providing retribution for all his past mis-adventures

Posted by stalefresh on (March 17, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

i never really understood why he played so much for himself and so little for his country.

Posted by BoomBoom_Khan on (March 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

You got even Boom_Boom emotional Shabi. Fitness yes, arogance yes, , disipline yes, but no matter what when you are on the field and has ball in your hand, run in like a tiger in pusuit of his prey with steady head, eyes focused on the mission and fast legs believe me there is nothing more beautiful than the mere sight of the action. Our hearts throab with you. You have brought down walls, the run scoring machines, the agressors the biggest names in the cricket history "Brain lara, Sachin, Dravid, Gilli, Ponting, Steve wagh, Fleming" and so many more. I think you have given us enough already but put the cherry on the top "let's bring this baby home - homie".

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

a perfect time for him to leave cricket... we'll miss u Akhtar!!! u won our hearts =] u r a real superstar...

Posted by jattkadanda on (March 17, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

All the best you buddy! Your Sacrifice will do good to Pak cricket

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

really he has done great to survive the fixing era of pakistan cricket

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

very sincere thoughts. luv u shoaib akhtar

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Loved to watch your Bowling in your Glory Dayz,,!!! will miss u forever. :( :(:(:(:(:(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Rawalpindi Express we will miss you a lot! If you maintain your Fitness, you can still play for Pakistan! I advice you to maintain your fitness, instead of taking Retirement!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

Shoaib you are a legend and my inspiration as a bowler. Wish you all the best.

Posted by Asifbari on (March 17, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

Super Hero Outstanding Absolutely Incrediblle Bowler .................... Become THE one and Only SHOAIB....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Thanks Shoaib Akthar for providing us wonderful moments on the cricket field.You were one of the best fast bowler in Pakistan and World.N Sad Part is there will none like you ever again.:(...Shoaib Bhai u were a total rockstar!! We will miss u ....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

i'm honoured to see him playing...i'll tell my grand kids that he was the one who make us wonder everytime he bowled with that accuracy n pace...Goodluck shobi

Posted by wahid123 on (March 17, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar is my best bowler i like Shoaib Akhtar.At night is our match in UAE i will also give retiremint to my team.i miss u Shoaib Akhtar too much

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

A truely great way to express feelings and emotions to end the career. Shoaib has shown here how much love he has for the nation of Pakistan, now its Pakistani nation's turn to show him that they love their heros and they should make him the face of Pakistani team throughout the rest of the tournament. As far as the youngsters are concerned, they can wait 4 more games cuz the tiger is still breathing and no one other than himself should decide for him when to deliver his last roar.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

I watched him at Lords in a charity match vs MCC last year. His run-up, his pace, was electrifying, absolute treat to watch. My friend said she wanted to marry him..now howzz that..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

Players like him are the reason we watch cricket. Who wants to watch a Hilfenhaus (no disrespect)? Shoaib brings out the best in a man, he can do things others can't. People instantly fall in love with such men. Fast, furious and unplayable - Shoaib can bring out that animal within on a playing field that all men hope they have at least in some proportion within them. There are few men that can raise testosterone levels and bring out that primal excitement of a hunt in an otherwise gentlemanly game - Shoaib Akhtar and Sachin Tendulkar are these men.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

they would probably call me as the new fast bowler now............ ;p

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

We love you shoaib ure a true hero :-(!Like every good thing this has to end too :-(!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar retiring.... HE wsnt the most ideal personality bt for some reason i love the guy and im gna miss watching him Bowl for Pakistan.... He inspired me to Bowl fast ( nt tht i cn:)) ..............

Posted by puneet_usa on (March 17, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

Being an Indian Cricket Supporter- I always followed Indian Team Playing everywhere they go and no doubt India has produced some real batting entertainers like Sachin,Sehwag,Ganguly,Dravid-Now Pathan. But when it comes to bowling department my heartiest congrats goes to PAKISTAN- You all have produced one of the most feared bowlers the world have ever seen- I cannot imagine a match Pakistan have played without a genuine quality express pace fast bowler- Shoaib Aktar was and will continue to be my most cherished fast bowler- I rate Waqar,Wasim and Imran Khan very highly but Shoaib Akhtar is in a differently league all together- He is a real crowd puller- I can pay a heavy ticket just to see this legend runing in to bowl- that feeling and that excitement rush that Shoaib bought to the minds of billions around the world cannot be imagined or measured- SHOIAB AKHTAR will be remembered as very rare fast bowler who never given up on pace just to extend his career-true commitment from heart.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

in about 3 months he will be 36... i would have thought he could play till 37 years of age as that is the normal retirement age... but whatever... we need to move forward...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

miss you .. yara.... i learn from him ... i did it like him... seems like i m copying him..... but no he is the greatest bowler ever in the world .... whenever i saw his bowling my inside wildness for batsmen used to appear .... he inspired me with his bowling... he was like a teacher of me.... fast and the furious ... will be remember for ever....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

One of the greatest and entertaining bowler of all time......this is your moment give your best. You will always be remembered.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

Rawalpindi express i m very happy that u hv made this decision at the rite time ...;... he ws truly a great bowler and undoubtedly the quickest one ... he has got everything u wants to see in an express bowler ... i would miss a bowler taking a super long run up, running in fast, building into rhythm while the chain constantly striking upon his chest and finally the pace ... he was just awesome ...just name a great batsman in your diary and u will find that Shoaib has left a mark on either his face or on his helmet ... Ponting, Kirsten, Lara, Sachin ... list goes on ... truly a fearful operator for the opposition ... Pakistan ws really blessed to hv such bowlers in abundance Wasim, Waqar, Shaoib, Gul, Asif, Amir(wish he wud come back soon)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Love u speedstar

as u retiring now i wll loss quite a bit interest in Pak games now ,,especially in bowling dept :( ,,,miss u ,, n feeling sad

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

We well miss you Shoaib! You were a great sportsman and a genuine patriot, who played for his country. I hope to see you with good performance and so as Man of the match in coming days.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

we love u .... and we all are with u

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

we will miss him alot he was a great fast bowler

Posted by cricshehzada on (March 17, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

when i heard thiss i felt very sad, i miss you shoaib, u are legend.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Good Bye. We will miss another controversial character of cricket! Can he make it memorable by winning the World Cup? Lets see!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

funny how he never mentioned sachin

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

exceptionally talented bowler in a long list of naturally gifted pakistani cricketers. he could have reached his full potential had he listened to calls for reducing his run-up thus prolonging his career and achievements. 178 wkts in only 46 tests imagine what he could have ended up in wickets had he played 100 tests. its an end of an era. pressure will be off him now and nothing would be more fitter than him winning the world cup for pakistan Inshallah Best of Luck

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

The young fast bowlers should not follow shoiab as his injuries were due to exerting too much to bowl every bowl. To have a long smooth career follow those who had smooth actions and bowled economically. Do not play to the gallery.

Posted by chiaotzu on (March 17, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

It's sad to see Shoaib Akhtar retiring after World Cup quarter finals.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

BIG disappointment for me becauce i am biggest fan of shoib akhtar and i like his attitude, In present time not so many fast bowler.

Posted by AHSANm on (March 17, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

The quickest of them all is going now...We`ll miss u Shoaib..

Posted by SachinLara1 on (March 17, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

great talent wasted by pak..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

i will miss you my hero :( you are the true idol for our nation.. LOVE YOU YAAR... there won't b another shoaib akhtar.. i hv seen almost every game of urs.. please bring the world cup home.. MAY ALLAH ALWAYS BLESS YOU.. ameen summa ameen.. we are gona miss you like hell..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

Well done Shoaib, we wish you all the best. You brought us so many good memories now forget your retirement and work hard for Pakistan for at least 4 more matches in this World Cup!!!

Posted by Z.Saleem on (March 17, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

contd from my last comment @ 10:12am...... An asset on which the PCB invested loads (especially at the time of Gnr. Tauqeer Zia), he did became a spoilt child but for ppl with his sort of talents, who doesn't! Shoaib we have loved u and will continue to do so, u have been a Super Star and have always thrilled us, whenever watching u the rush of blood, the faster heart beating and much more has always been there! I am sure after the finish of ur Cricket career, this is not the last we have seen of u! The world of Entertainment (such as Bollywood) are waiting out there, and we will surely see u on the big screen! It will be surely a gift to the whole nation if you can Bring the Cup to Pakistan, this is not solely upon you, but may be the team will do it for their Super Fast Express bowler.......Love Pakistan, love Shoaib!

Posted by wc1992 on (March 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

don not worry about off but the MAN is picture of come back and DETERMINATION .. some many injuries and difficulties put by other country like Aus ... but still at this age and physical disablity man is still rrunning like Rawal Pindi EXPRESS .... one of a kind ................let hope another Shoiab Waqar Imran Or Wasim is Born .

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

This is the end of great Shoaib. he was one of the greatest bowler of international circket, The most important thing about Shoaib Akther is that he always played for Pakistan, even he played when he was not 100% fit. being a Pakistani we are Thanks to him. He was not like Kamran Akmal, umer Akmal and Shoaib Malik. Salammmmmmmmmmmmmmm and Sluet to Mr. Faster..........

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

Superb bowler, always a treat to watch. However, he was never a role model.

Posted by LeftBrain on (March 17, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

Very well done Shoaib, setting an example of retiring yourself is good enough for you to be remembered with respect, if your great bowling alone wasn't good enough reason!! There wont be another Shoaib for sure, all the injuries and run-ins with management and off-field endeavours, the fact that you were never in news for corruption or match fixing tells the story of your strong character and your undying love for the country you represent, Pakistan. All my best wishes are with you, You made us proud, you entertained us, you kept out heads high, we love you Shoaib. All the very best to you.

Posted by Aartam on (March 17, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

"No one can fill his shoes"..the most fearsome bowler I ever seen in world cricket. Being an Indian, my all time favourite is Shoaib Akthar. The most decent pakistan cricketer after Saeed Anwar..He never involved any controversy of Match fixing or in the field. Such true match winner and proper cricketer. I use to bowl like him till date. I love the way he runs in and attack. The crowd favourite on any ground in the world. He is a text book of fast bowling..especially to the indians. Atleast from the current technology, we could get all his bowling spells back when ever we want. All the best for your rest of the career Shoaib Baai'..Thanks for all the entertainment you provided.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

he is one of my favourite bowler, i like his bowling action & his speed, he also inspire me to bowl like him, as i think it is not right time to retire, i want to watch the beautiful battle between "LITTLE MASTER BLASTER" & "RAWALPINDI XPRESS" in this world cup and also for a long time in future........plz SHOAIB BHAI change your view of retiring....ajj

Posted by em.umair on (March 17, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

OMG!!! Love you Shoaib. You are a rockstar and a brave bowler. Goodluck for your future!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

Well done Shoaib, we wish you all the best. You brought us so many good memories now forget your retirement and work hard for Pakistan for at least 4 more matches in this World Cup!!!

Posted by waseemsarwar on (March 17, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

Thax Shoaib, Thax for so many lovely and few less lovely moments. A pure example of classic Pakistan talent and from no where he became a bowler to afraid. Thank ypu again LALA. You bowled a spell against Aussies in their peak in Colombo and that was my fav from you. give it your best, hopefully you will bowl against Sachin once more. God Bless You and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

funny how he never mentioned sachin

Posted by murtii on (March 17, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

Cricket's true rock star!

His run up during his pomp had the incomparable power to leave fans the world over in awe; holding their breath, while he majestically glided across the grass, flying into the crease. The magical drama of his run up then followed by 95 mph in-swinging yorkers that left many a stumps rearranged; while sending shivers down the spines of on-lookers. And then that airplane celebration to neatly sum his personality up in a gesture. What an entertainer!

And now is not the time to remember the reasons why he only played 46 tests. Let us look back and celebrate the greatest entertainer, show-man, crowd pleaser - the greatest rock star of our generation!

And let's hope there is another one with his talent somewhere down the road.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

that one spell in Colombo in 2002 against Aus defines this mans ability.....shame that we never saw him peak to the level of promise he exhibited...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

Aideau my man! It sure was fun. You thrilled, frustrated, disappointed and entertained us no end. Over the years, I convinced myself not to expect anything from you but have to admit that anytime the team sheet had you in it, it excited me to wake up at early mornings to catch your spells. Few and far but when you got it right, it was pure joy watching you. Can't forget your duels with Aussie batting line up at their peak. Having the audacity to take on the likes of Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Gilchrist and Martyn single handedly was precisely what you brought to the game. Best of luck for the future! I sure am a sad man today.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

He is good sports person....he should not leave cricket ....he can be bowling coach for pakistan team.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

I will miss the Rawalpindi express :(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

I love you Shoaib we all miss you

Posted by attiq76 on (March 17, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

Retirement from Pakistan cricket mean there will be a second decision coming soon. Like Muhammad Yusif.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 17, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

As a big time fan of Shoaib, I have to say this, he should have acknowledged Tendulker. I guess he did not enjoy bowling to Tendulker because his fans made a god out of Tendulker. However Shoaib must realize that it is not Tendulker's fault, and at the end of the day he is a thorough gentleman. There were three fast bowler's I admired. Sarfaraz Nawaz for his artistry and science of bowling, Waqar for his controlled anger, and Shoaib for his speed. My only regret is that Shoaib had not been as disciplined and gentle as he is now.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

the greatest and the fastest!!!!

Posted by ganeshraam on (March 17, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

An end to one of the most mercurial Pakistani careers of all time... But on a serious note, he was the best during his time of 1999 - 2003! All the best Shoaib Akthar!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

He is a living legend.....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Come on Rawalpindi Express. Four more times. Please Please.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

WE Really miss you... Danger Bowler ever... So fast more then CAR....And more enough for all top level bastman... 2 in 2 ball 1999... i remember i want more from you in this world cup........ Best luck u

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

shoaib u will be missed...i will make sure that i give u standing ovation when u leave in front of my laptop or wherever i catchup with ur last match..i feel sad

Posted by nazibulislam80 on (March 17, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

He is a great bowler, the best time was 1999 when Pakistan played the world cup final, I still can remember the match of Pakistan against Australia in group stage. His appeal of LBW was denied by the Umpire and very soon he bowled Steve Wagh with the same delivery. He is a true fighter.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

probably dooms day is really very near, all superstars of cricket has now retired, with retirement of Shoib it confirms the end of a great Superstar era of World cricket, ohh.., hang on.., Tendulkar yet left, oh look at time, how it plays, ending cricket's superstar trend with biggest superstar retiring after all, cricket you beauty..!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER FOR PAKISTAN. BEEN IN NEWS FOR BOTH ON FIELD AND OFF FIELD ISSUES. ENJOYED EVERY WICKET HE TOOK WITH SHEAR PACE AND SWING. SAYONARA BIG MAN!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

lol about time....but i some how doubt it will be for good!! :(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Good bye to a unique fast bowler of his era. But it's also fact that Shoaib Akhtar and controversies remain synonyms to each other.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

for me he was the fastest bowler ever have to play the modern game ...i agree that he was the most underrated players when it came to the mental strength and ability but still i m really sad to see him leaving ...and one of my friend said his last enoucnter will be against sachin and he will travel the park i would like to remind him that whenever balls trables to often from sachin's bat india loses ;) so who cares if shoaib goes for runs and india goes out

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

Good bye Rawalpindi Express... :') Wish you a decent and exciting end of career...

Its been great seeing you on the grounds for Pakistan :D

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (March 17, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

A great fast bowler who brought so much entertainment to so many. One of many was when he clean bowled the great Steve Waugh in the 1999 world cup group match and paved the way for Pakistan victory. It was Shoaib who put New Zealand in their place so many times and won so many series against the great Stephen Fleming's side. Wish he was more disciplined, but thats the way most fast bowlers are. Wish you best of luck Shoaib whatever you do in your life.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 17, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

We knew he was going to retire and it sums up crickets dieing breed of Fast bowlers (not medium or medium fast bowlers)!

Nobody is expecting Pak to win against Aus, nobody is expecting Pak to top group A, nobody is expecting Pak to win the quarters, semi's and the final but lets go out their and surprise all the people who are doubting Pak and lift that trophy.

InshAllah

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

16th May 1999, County Ground, Bristol, England, Pak vs W Indies World Cup match that I watched on the ground n my long trip from Bangladesh was worthy after seeing pace bowling par excellence on that chilly morning. What a sight as opener Campbell's stump was flying even before his bat could come to meet the ball. Many avid followers of the game make unkind comments but would request them to try to appreciate n understand the hell of a amount of time-energy-labour-sacrifices etc these kind of players undertake for the sake of glory, entertainment n carrying the flag n legacy of so many great predecessors the this extraordinary game. Just try to invest less than 1% of these guys n then comment rationally. Thanks Shoib you have registered your name with the greats of the game n in hearts of millions. Wish you all the best - be happy, healthy, wiser n wealthy in the rest of your life. Allah Hafiz.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

NO ONE HAS EVEN TOUCHED HIS SPEED OF161.3 KM/H.IT WAS A GOOD DECISION BY HIM AS HE WAS SUFFERING FROM INJURIES.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

He is an Excellent Bowler and I hope that his Career's Last match will be Pakistan vs ????? In CWC finals Inshallah

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo he should not retire at 2 years ok 20 20 at least play pcb chairman should not take resign

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Shoaib will be missed, its a shame that he never played more test matches. All the best Rawal Pindi express and hope to see you as a commentator soon, you will be a much better choice then many analysts appearing on cricket shows today.

Posted by Taz786 on (March 17, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

Sadly Shoaib was never a team player. Always was doing everything for himself. Never in the same Category as Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Pakistan team have done without him for a while now.

Best thing for Shoaib to do is go out with a real bang and help Pakistan win the World Cup, that is the only thing that will propel him in to the Waqar and Wasim category.

Posted by NabeelSheikh on (March 17, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

A man with humble arrogance and undaunted attitude who turned out to be a threat for great 2W's. Shoaib who became the competitor of his ideals Wasim and Waqar is a man of will and determination. His career full of glitz glamor and controversies a wild man with sane head on his shoulder who challenged himself on his will and still bowling 90+ miles at the age of 36 with Flat feet. I'm gonna miss da arrogance of the ball while leaving from the shoaib's hand.

Posted by phidu on (March 17, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Shoiab is a legend who has done alot for Pakistan. I am feeling proud as a crickter and as a Pakistani to say this" we have him" he has got fans throughout the world. Our prayers are always with him "GOD bless you always". But i must say this " he was the one called a real head knockers" ;)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

Genuine fast bowler, Aggressive On field player, Great Human being ... Shoaib Akhtar the Rawalpindi Express .. we Indian admire you alot .. you shall be respected and admired by all around the world for your courage and potential to shake even the greatest of batting defense ... Wish you have a exciting life after your retirement ..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

great Man Great bowler...yes it is right this is not the time....but hopefully he can give his full power to Pakistan till final

Posted by ahmednaveed on (March 17, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

Well done shoab , i realy like you , you are priceless like Imran Khan ,you played for country , not like wasim,salim malik ,Waqar younes , Amir ,asif and Butt who played for pennies .

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Players come and go in here. Few can bring the thrill and entertain us. Will never forget such great player and entertainer like him."Pindi Express" we will always miss you :(

Posted by ShahSHUJA on (March 17, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

We will miss you alot...........:(

Posted by wasim_007 on (March 17, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

(NOT FROM PAKISTAN) It' is heartborken news...my beloved fast bowler is going to retire...I am very said..very dejected...but everyone has to go one day..WE SIMPLY LOVE YOU SHOAIB....LOVE YOU DEAR...MAY GOD BLESS YOU!! rest of the life...Cricket is live only because of fast bowler whether it is Marshal...Imran..Akram..Walls .Bond...AKHTAR ..YOU ARE ABOVE ALL...TALLER THEN ANYBODY...YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE FAMILY MEMBER TO US....WE LOVE YOU!!!WE WILL MISS YOU!!!It was pleasure to see you running to deliver the ball...steamy SHOAIB....we will really MISS YOU!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

thank god finally..realisation he shud have after 2002 - Karan

Posted by soumyas on (March 17, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

miss Shoaib Akhtar's express bowling,he was one of the most feared bowlers during his peak times, though i'm an Indian liked his bowling.wish good luck for Shoaib,have a beautiful life,

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

We don't believe on anything against u. U are our hero and I salute u. I have tons of respect for u in my heart. We, the Pakistani nation love u. Hope u take ur decision back.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar is indeed the Mardonna of Cricket - with all the goods and the bad - you are a legend. You'll certainly be missed. I can not forget your bowling in Calcutta against India in the test match.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

realy i will miss my hero .i always miss wasim akram but now another heart broken news allha knows shoaib bhai i got tears in my eyes i think with out wasim shoaib and afridi pak cricket is nothing , but pak crk. bord wast thim of shoaib i

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

At his peak, Shoaib was the most fearsome bowler I've seen in 40 years of following cricket. He was more intelligent than people give him credit for in that he rarely resorted to intimidation but generally used his pace to get batsman out rather than threaten them physically with needless short-pitched bowling. Unfortunately his level of fitness let him and his country down too often - along with his unbending desire to bowl the fastest ball ever almost EVERY ball. That can't be easy on the body. At least he has that record and may hold ifor a long time to come. Quite notably, there was always conjecture in the early 2000's as to was better/faster - Brett Lee or Shoaib. I Daresay that if Shoaib had been an Australian and If Brett Lee had been a pakistani, Shoaib would have gone down in History as the greatest bowler ever while Lee (no disrespect but..) may never have played international cricket. Environment and support infrastructure a paramount to success.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

Well it was about the time Shoiab has to leave the cricket but in my view he has selected the wrong time to do this as the team is in the middle of the tournament and it might let down the moral of the team.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

we will miss you forever... the period of 2010-11 will always be remembered as the darkest period of cricket in terms of loosing the great fast bowlers of their time. shane bond retired, tait and lee stopped playing tests and now Shoaib akhter is leaving.. this is the end of geniune pace bowling..

Posted by Taha-Khabir on (March 17, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

He was great bowler. speed wise he is recognised fastest too among B Lee. Talent was wasted by his Board. I m sure if he would have played for any other nation then must went far up. His mental level was extremely higher than the other team mates. He has his importance on internation plate form of cricket because of his skills.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

Well done shoaib, Last assignment is not completed yet "Bring the World Cup to Pakistan" , we want you to bowl fast n furious.

Posted by Arikh on (March 17, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

ADIEU dear!!!! ..There are so many memories which revolve around you!! Many to share but space are very less. It was 1999 2nd day of test at eden gardens. Day started decently as my journey from native place. Around 1.30 pm there was a large applause from everywhere. Radios started to scream like anything, at least was not audible.Soon I reached my hostel.OH MY GOD I have never seen so much ecstasy agony from the TV viewers when they are watching a test.Yes It was one of the most compelling moment of cricket ever I have seen in my eyes (u uprooted the stamp of ASIAN WALL,destroyed the castle of the great LITTLE MASTER BLASTER)Yes I remember everything.A perfect contest between ball and bat awesome duel between a perfect technician and a wild fast bowler.Yes you gave us the feeling what fast bowlers were.I heard so many things about Marshall Garner Holding Roberts Lille Thompson Imran who were fearsome quick devastating and so on but you gave us the real taste what they were.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

One of the most exciting players I have seen...

Posted by PSSidhu on (March 17, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

Shoaib's last encounter will be against Sachin....."aur encounter meh maar kai gah".....

Posted by PakHani on (March 17, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

Another Legend leaving the world of cricket :( ..

Posted by SayakBhattacharyya on (March 17, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

An end of a colourful career . The spectators will miss him more than the cricketing fraternity. He has always brought energy and charecter in a cricket field. I am an Indian but shall miss Shoiab a lot . All the best for the retired life.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

We will surely miss the fastest bowler in the world of cricket. He has given us a lot in his cricketing career than we've had imagined. Pakistan won't miss a fast bowler but will definitely miss the fastest bowler.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

We will surely miss the fastest bowler in the world of cricket. He has given us a lot in his cricketing career than we've had imagined. Pakistan won't miss a fast bowler but will definitely miss the fastest bowler.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

We will surely miss the fastest bowler in the world of cricket. He has given us a lot in his cricketing career than we've had imagined. Pakistan won't miss a fast bowler but will definitely miss the fastest bowler.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

What a waste of talent, just 46 tests in 13 years,. even then Shoaib is going to be remembered by all,. he was such an entertainer,. i will surely miss him,.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

i will miss you u r the best bowler in the world

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (March 17, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

GOOD DECISION BUT VERY BAD TIMEING. THAT WILL EFFECT THE DRESSING ROOM. I DONT KNOW WHY ALL PAKISTANI CRICKETERS. RETIRES SURPRISING LIKE AFRIDI, INZI SAEED ANWAR, WAQAR, RETIREMENT IS ALWAYS PAINFUL FOR ANY PAKI CRICKETER. ONLY AUSI RETIRE WITH GLORY, THEY ADMIRE THE CONTRIBUTION OF GREAT PALAYER FOR THERI CRICKET

Posted by gsrikanth78 on (March 17, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

One of the finest moments of his rockstar career would be in an IPL match - he (KKR) took Sehwag's(Delhi) wicket and Eden Gardens 60,000 odd spectators went beserk cheering him. Irony of the game.....

Posted by humar on (March 17, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Another loss of our cricket after wasim and waqar. i will miss you rawalpindi express miss your fastest delivery.finally you are going but i love you forever shoaib.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (March 17, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

Shoaib is one word can be described as the 'bad boy' of cricket, but with immense talent and in his last few years became mature in his approach to the game and guided his juniors too. His career though were full of injuries, and some lobbies tried to finish his career (everyone know who were these ppl), but they were unable to stop this fighter, who like a wounded warrior on a horse crashed many times but got up every time (without losing heart) and keep fighting his way to win the cricketing war for his country. Among his best performances were mostly against the Aussies 'like the Colombo Test of 2002 (where the Aussies were 71-1 and then 86-6 in no time), the 3 match ODI Series where he got 5 wickets (very pacy) and off course who can forget the wracking of stumps when he bowled Tendulkar (the famous first bowled) and Fleming's leg stump out of the ground in a blink of eye. Has been a great asset in which the PCB (most of them) invested heavily and he did gave results......

Posted by mogan707 on (March 17, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

Shoiab Akhtar has been one of the bad boys of Cricket.If he had not born in this genre he could have surpassed the great Malcolm Marshall or even his mentor Wasim Akram.He never performed consistently,but when he gets going no one could even see him.Bit late to announce retirement because he was kept out of the team for almost one and half years and then taken because there was no premium fast bowler of Amir's or Asif's calibre.So PCB stuck with him;And fitness issues definitely played a part in his decision.A FAST BOWLER WITH VAST AMOUNTS OF ABILITY UNITILIZED

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

His bowling arm needs a rest for what he has entertained cricket fans with his lethal pace. :)

Posted by MSMA on (March 17, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

I think it was tough decision shoiab has taken......I feel shoaib has lot to offer for International cricket still ......

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

another star of fast bowling left the cricket fields........hats off to U SHOAIB. for me its fabolus to watch shoaib akhtar streming in and bowls quick stuff. done some unbelieveable performances throughout his carrer...I MISS U LOT...

Posted by ABKD on (March 17, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

World & Specially PAK will miss him ): ... I WISH HIM BEST OF LUCK IN HIS REMAINING WC MATCHES

Posted by Aadil11 on (March 17, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

We all love u Shoaib Bhai u r truely a Legend u willl never b forgotten INSHALLAH. i love u shoaib bhai u r hero of our country and of pakistani people.... LOve uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

Feeling SAD.. amazing that he still bowl 150kph through all the injuries and all... Will miss the speed demon.. And most ppl don't realize the personal struggles sports men go through... After all being flat footed and all... he went through a lot.. Just bouncing back from one injury is difficult enough let alone coming back from a knee surgery and still getting fit enough to bowl 150kph.. Shane Bond couldn't sustain his career, Andrew flintoff couldn't come back from surgery.. but he did and still being in this worldcup is an achievement in itself.. I'll surly miss him..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

My greatest regret not being able to see Shoaib bowl last month in NZ, flights got cancelled on the day due to fog. Only Pakistani cricket can produce a rock star like Shoaib. Proud you!

Posted by SumitAgarwal0804 on (March 17, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

Pakistan has always produced the best bowlers in the history of cricket and he is one of them when in full swing.I am a big fan of Pakistani bowlers.If you want to refresh your memories of Shoaib then try "Sultan of swing" on you tube and you will know what i mean.I would have loved to watch him a bit more...especially against the likes of Tendulkar,Ponting....Thats what we as cricket lovers want a good contest between the bat and the ball.I wish India produced 50% of the bowling talent that Pakistan produces.Long live the "Sultan of swing"

Posted by Aadil11 on (March 17, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

I m a Big Fan of Shoaib Akhtar i m very sad on his retirement but i really feel proud that i belongs to his Era. i watch him as a hero of pakistan cricket.There is a time when i watch cricket only 4 him to see him bowling fast and furious. he is truely a Lengend and my Hero I Love u Shoaib Bhai........ u r awsome and all time favorite...... loveeeee uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

I love you Shaby. This is gonna be a sad day for me but i want to thank you for providing the thrill and excitment that you did for the fans. A true rock star you are and you burnt yourself down rather then fade away. I will always remember your performances against Australia in ODI's and Tests and also those 2 balls to dravid and sachin will always stick to mind. Thankyou very much and may you help us win this cup.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

You will be regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. I seriously hope your fastest ball clocking 161.3 kmph.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

We will miss you buddy :)

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (March 17, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Best Of Luck the Greatest Bowler of the World...!!! Hope You will help and Guide to New Bowlers to make them effective...!!!

Posted by goshi827 on (March 17, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Salam to all brothers/sisters

Shoaib Akhtar is brilliant asset but unfortunately Pakistan are not able to utilize his full potential. I hope the end of his role will be remarkable INSHALLAH when he contribute his efforts for winning a worldCup InshaALLAH. AMEEN

Posted by rohanblue on (March 17, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

bye bye rawal pindi express, u r part of my beautiful childhood days, best of luck to u and your famuly, - your indian fan.......

Posted by waqabsam11 on (March 17, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

yeah he is one of the fastest blowers i have seen..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

I will miss a great supporting player in my life. Shoaib has gone,i want to play also 3 years, god knows which is better.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

An extremely exciting player to watch, Well done Shoaib . You are the Man

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Sad news for every fan but everything will end at its time, shoaib has very issues in his great career, but best of luck for the future.............! ALLAH blesses him

Posted by Vijay_MatchWinner on (March 17, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

He is awesome entertainer and a cool sport.

Posted by AnanthV on (March 17, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Fantastic Fast bowler. surley missing him

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

Akhtar is the best bowler ever who played this beautiful game, the way he bowled his yorkers was the best and he was 100% committed. Cricket will never be the same without him. May god bless him. :)

Posted by ankur.deokar on (March 17, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

He was a dynamite that wasnt allowed to explode...The amount of talent that he had when he first arrived on the screen suggested a more promising figures than with what he is actually carrying away, all due to internal strifes in Pakistani cricket.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

well Shoib Akhtar running in to ball is a great sight to watch.Definitely he is a great entertainer with ball.I am huge fan of SHOIB. It is really heart breaking for me to not see him again in action. He will be missed.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Though the timing of the decision was not good and should be made after the world cup..but he will be missed.. he was a great servant of the country and one of the most exiting player to watch; a great attraction for the crowd.. Wish him good luck for the rest of his life.. And hope someone of his pace and aggression will come again in Pakistan Cricket..

Posted by IsrarKhan1 on (March 17, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

It was great sight to see Shoaib bowling those reverse in swingers and getting rid of SA batsmen in sharjah then got injured taken off field came back took more wkts then got injured again :) but won the match for Pakistan. fit or unfit suspended or not he has always played for Pakistan and is the best we got along side Wasim and Waqar. Guls and Asifs have been interesting additions but nothing like Rawalpindi express when he was on song those years 1999 onwards till wasim was captian he was the best wkt taker we had. I am always thrilled when ever he comes on to bowl :) he has been the best tendulkar lara pointing fleming all of them were cleaned up by him I respect him as a bowler and like the way he plays for Pakistan :) Wish him v v v v best of luck in future

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 17, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

colourful career....which had all masalas. he was/ is a match winner, a match loser, a heart breaker, a challenger, a come backer, a patient (:-) oh, yes....whatelse a fan could ask for??? it is quite understandable that this situation is likely with anyone who bowls consistanly with great pace. at the same time, we think he should have taken better care of his health. as a cricket enthusiast, i wish him all the best, the same goes for his team for this world cup.

Posted by mrizzy on (March 17, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

I live in NZ but have always been a fan of you Shoaib. Best of luck in future.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Perfect title.. "Colourful Career".. A big big salute & hats off to speed star, rawalpindi express... He is a real champion...

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (March 17, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Yes he will be missed,but unfortunately he did not touch the same peak like his ideals Wasim & Waqar did, Shoaib had the potential, but his direction was blurred, it's sad because so much was expected from him, but he'll also be remembered for good reasons as well.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

Good to hear that he will retire.. Now Pakistan has an opporunity to find a well-disciplined and intelligent fast bowler.

Posted by Predetors on (March 17, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

simply miss you lot...you are really thrilling an action ICON on peach.

Posted by Imdad.Abro on (March 17, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

yes definitely..all cricket lover especially pakistanis will miss him...............

Posted by prince_prashant on (March 17, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

well well well.. now it's the official ending of a career of a roaring lion. Arguably most impressive fast bowler of his generation, now the threat is even not so much for the batsmen but whatever he is decent...

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (March 17, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

A very timely decision. Quite often people have talked about Tendulkar's innings in 2003 world cup against Pakistan however reality is that Akhtar was at his best from 1999-2002 and that was a time when hardly any batsman in world could withstand his speed and booming In swinging yorkers. Shoib Akhtar was not as good as Waqar Younis( no one ever would be) but he was fast and the sight of Akhtar running from boundary line in 1999 WC was a highlight. Shoib was a rare breed of real fast bowlers. Akhtar had many issues on field and off field but a true match winner, when Akhtar performed, Pakistan generally won. What truely sadens me that how conviniently impostor Tendulkar and over rated Indian batsmen who won nothing of substance for India have saved themselves facing the best of 90's and early 2000's due to not playing against Pakistan for whatever reason. Preicely because of that Brian Lara was/is greatest batsman of modern era behind all time king Richard. Shoib will be missed!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

you have done fantastic job for cricket, i m your big fan, you will be remembered as one of the greats of cricket.One of the greatest performer's at the world stage.I've always enjoyed watching Shoaib bowl.He will definetly be missedYOU ROCK...!

Posted by iBilal on (March 17, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

Shoaib, you are a true rockstar... As Afridi will be remembered as the craziest cricketer ever.... your name will be written down in history as Jim Morrison of Cricket... full of controversies but with passion, talent and the ability to move the crowd. We will miss you

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Who will not miss him ................for sure Lara,Sachin,Gery Kiristen,Kallis..........................and many many many more u no for what.........coz he destroy them through his electrifying fast bowling.. Lara no one reach his Head&Neck only shobi did tht.........and sachin feet always shaking whn evr he is facing shobi.. So best of luck for ur future shobi i hope u will be in mumbai to get world cup for pakistan

Posted by QasKs on (March 17, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

Well very good decision from Shoaib.Fitness always let him down.He was amazing specially in late 90 where he was fit and was running live a jet and delivering at jet pace too.Good Luck on retirement and one more thing please win the World Cup for Pakistan.

Posted by MalikNadeemAwan on (March 17, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Well this will be end of one of all time greats genuine fast bowler. Great bowler for 13 years and really the game of circket will miss him. I think he is the only bowler who could put fear in the heart of every batsman of the world. Really will miss you GREAT SHOAIB AKHTAR " The RAWALPINDI EXPRESS"

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

why shoaib whyy....????????????

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

A lot of people walk in and out of my life, but... you're one of the only ones I ever really wanted to stick around. I will miss u shoaib Akhtar. Best of luck for future

Posted by OptimusPrimal on (March 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Thank you very much Cricinfo for putting a good pic of Akhtar on your front page. You guys r the best!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

brave desicion.. best wishes for rest life.. have gr8 time

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Shocked..!!! :[ but a well timed decision...

Posted by wnwn on (March 17, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

It only seems like yesterday that he was a young 23 year old who would run in from the bounday and knock the batsmen's stumps out of the ground again and again. Cricket will not be as exciting without Shoaib involved.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

You rock Shoaib......You always tried hard on the field and always played for the nation......In every players career there will be up's and downs but you did not gave away during your hard time and fought hard to gain your place in the side.......You are truely a gem which Pakistan cricket has produced......thank you for your mind blowing display of fast bowling......Inshallah you will be remebere always......You really rock!!!!!

Posted by ansii on (March 17, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

We will miss you shoiab and this is great oppurtunity for you to complete your 250 wickets

Posted by Cricfan27 on (March 17, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

Bye bye Shoaib. Its really painful to say such words to a hero like you. You will be remembered by the cricket fans all the way down the history. Over the hills and down the planes or along the seashores where ever cricket will be played Shoaib will be remembered..........

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

we will miss u Shoaib Akhter :(

Posted by FIPL on (March 17, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

What a speedster you were. It is very painful not to see you again bowling fast inswing Yorkers. It has to happen some day and you have made a good decision to retire at the same time. Give us the World Cup and end your career on high. I still can not forget your 2nd innings bowling against Australia in Colombo 2002 and how can someone forget those 2 delivers you bowled to Sachin & Dravid. You been a great servant of Pakistan cricket and doesn't matter what people same about you; you will be missed badly. You always were a crowed puller. You are champion and will be champion bowlers.

Posted by rameez03 on (March 17, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

i am already missing him :(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar is Really Dangerous Bowler in world Cricket.. Remember Great Spell From Shoaib against New zeland................ Really miss ur Bouns and yorker.... India should hire Shoaib as Bowling coach after his retirement....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

A brave decion and at the right time.This is good he got ghis reitirement before he would be keep aside from the playing team. He has a good and bad perforances, but he always like to play for his country. The PCB should use his experinces in the field of bowling

Posted by Rodzilla1010 on (March 17, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

Shoiab...you are the best man.

Screw the conterversies. No one can change the fact that you were the fastest bowler of your era.

A great bowler. You will be missed. I will tell my kids and thier kids about how you shattered stumps and skulls for 12 years.!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

We Will Miss You :( ...I used to Follow your boling action frm long tym , It has been blessed upon us tht you gave us such a fame through your hard work . . . It's Gud to retire bt v.sad tht we will not see Again Any 1 frm pk side bowling @155 kph :(( . . . Our best wishes r with you , Thnx for serving your nation ... your big fan faiz

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

really cant listen or seee .is my fav. player.........

Posted by Aura123 on (March 17, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Thank you for the all the cricket entertainment. You will be missed. Don't just run away from cricket , start coaching , commentory or somthing linked to cricket but don't work in indian movies :) joking. All the best in future

Posted by MANJUR143 on (March 17, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

he is one of greater bowler of all time. miss him.

Posted by KochiTuskers_Kerala on (March 17, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

I want to see him playing for the Tuskers in IPL. Great player

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

He brought a different charm and enthusiasm in the game. Had he been fit for at-least 80% of his international career his stats would have been phenomenal. Nonetheless he was a great entertainer and will be remembered as one of the most feared bowlers of all time.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar brought a class and great pace to the game....the arguments will continue to rage over whether Shoaib Akhtar can call himself the fastest bowler ever, but for me he has no equal....

Posted by Abid_AMANYAAR on (March 17, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

He was a hero pace and will always be remembered.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

he was the great fast bowler and i wil rate him fourth all time best fast bowler after 1)Wasim AkRam 2) Imran Khan & 3) Waqar Younis

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

world of cricket will miss u Rawalpindi Express... =(((((

Posted by cric_fanatics on (March 17, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

osman you are the funniest journalist ever....once i heard u say..shoaib bullied sachin...you are the greatest comedian covering cricket...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Inshallah, Pakistan will bring the cup home.

Posted by oppurba on (March 17, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Cricket will be just boring wiithout Shoaib Akhtar.There are some star in cricket who allure the common people to watch cricket and he is the one of them.But the decision is on right time.No matter what happened through your career people will remember you all time shoiab.Good luck!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

So what? He is just an old news. Good for the world.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

Farewell, Shoaib! Hope to see you as a commentator soon!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Shoaib is Mike Tyson of cricket.

Posted by ramsharat on (March 17, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

shoaib u r the best.......u will be remembered for ur deadly yorkers!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

Good bye .. u are really the Big Entertainer in the history of Cricket

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

looking forward to Sachin v/s Shoib for one last time.. will miss Shoiab Akhtar :(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

i am very big fan of you shoib.i need some action of 1999 here again 2011 WC quarterfinal stage . i want to see you in Pakistanis camp to train the gays and in all over the world after this WC.have a lot lot best feeling for your rest of life.i never forget those moment when hit any great batsmen like Brain Lara Christian ,Ganguly and a lot others. you are one of the best fast bowler of first decade of 21th century

Posted by irfi4040 on (March 17, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

a very sad news indeed, but i would desperately want shoaib to end his career on a high rather than the bitter memories against kiwis. come on rawalpindi express, express urself in only two matches of this world cup and win us the cup singlehandedly.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

If he retires from International cricket it's better because the match against New Zealand became tough for Pakistan because of Shoib and Razzaq.But Shoaib gave the most runs not Razzaq.Hope he does not give many runs against Australia.

Posted by janububli on (March 17, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Good that he finally took the decision and he can now stay away from PAK controversies. Gd luck and dont forget the dose received from the God of cricket SACHIN.....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

I will remember Shoaib for 2 perfect yorkers in 2 bowls to cleanup 2 great batsman Rahul & then Sachin. I forgot which match it was & everything else about it, but those 2 deliveries, the way they sweng in & dripped to become unplayable yorkers is still crystal clear in my memories. And then there was another match against India where he was hobbling in field, literally on one leg but stil keep coming back to bowl 95mph...If I remember correctly he bowled 9 stunning overs...& then got injured didn't play for long time.

Oh and there was one interview I was pleasently surprised by Shoaib eloquent english. As Lara asked after his final inning,Did I entertain you!!.. Shoaib was a master class and he always entertained us.. world cricket will be poorer without him. Hats off to you sir for all the thrilling moments you gave us.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

I will miss him !!! Your a true match winner n one of the greatest bowler I hav eva seen in my life !!! Love Shoaib Aatank Akhtar !!!!

Posted by Hrazapak on (March 17, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

Finally , Curtains on a great but controversial career. Many people said and believed that If Shoaib Akhtar would have kept himself away from mishaps , he would have been better than many Legends. He was an extraordinary talent. But he was wasted, and to be more exact he wasted himself. Drugs ,Beating his teammate with a bat, Duels with the Cricket board and what not. But he still wast the heart throb. I hope he end his career on a high because he really deserves to . A man who has taken the wickets of Sachin and Dravid on consecutive balls , A man who single handedly trouble the Aussie batsmen during their immortal years(1998-2004) a feat which only Shane Bond could emulate. What a player , What a career and what an ending!!! Love you Shoaib Bhai

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:52 GMT)

we will miss you and your pace..............

Posted by 123456lg on (March 17, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

Pakistan will go down without shoaib

Posted by Thiyagarajan.srinivasan on (March 17, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

i love him when he bowls that in swinging yorkers. Will miss him a lot.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 17, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

GL Akthar you have been outstanding with your abilities to bowl at a higher pace and be a good example for the young bowlers.Whats happening slowly we are hearing retirements all over after this wc.Yesterday a master piece from Canada retired and today another one and tomorrow who know who will announce, will it be from england ?????????????

Posted by ammarhassan on (March 17, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

awwww ...... Not feeling good that one of my favorites and one of the great fast bowler is retiring .... He was a real super star of the game ... We will always remember him and love him ... Hope to see a replacement of him sooooon ..

Posted by Buppi33 on (March 17, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

Though I am an Indian, I appreciate Shoaib for his great show all these years..! on his day, He is unplayable and he could get out any Batsman..! A feary Fast Bowler world cricket ever produced. I am really proud that he is from SubContinent..! Wish you good luck

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

gonna miss this guy on the cricket field

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

shoeb, we will miss u!! U were one of my favorite express bowler, God bless you.........................................

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

Don't worry guys, going by the reputation of Pakistani players' retirement decisions, Shoaib Akhtar will atleast make 2-3 announcements of retirement, go out and then make a comeback.... before he finally retires for good......... ;)

Posted by satanswish on (March 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

Good News, did Ross Taylor poked him for this decision?

Posted by aarifmushtaq on (March 17, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

excellent bowler and always a lovely sight to watch shoaib akhtar bowling.....................we will miss u shoaib and Allah bless u for ur future.

Posted by Aftabkhan24 on (March 17, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

Shoaib we will miss u a lot...U done fantastic job and we believe u can do extraordinary job for pakistan Crick team

Posted by Siddiquis on (March 17, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

Good Luck for your futer, and also for world cup. in the end good decision by Shoaib Akhtar.

Posted by AGMSiyath on (March 17, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Mmmmmmm..... wht a pathetic news from the center..... we missed out one of the fabulous pace bowler in the world............

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

World will surely going to remember u. coz of ur dark or bright side. I will remember u for ur Fastest ever delivery (162.2) against Nick knight and lots of breath taking Yorkers, and a kind of fear in opponents heart. I WILL MISS U !!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Lush player and awesome man "Tall,dark,handsome" nice attitude after imran, wasim

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Shoaib we will miss u........you are the world fastest bowler and you did very well for Pakistani cricket.........!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

Rawalpindi Express - One of the best at times and also most tragic other times.

Great proven talent but not exploited it to merit. Always with some sort of controversy or injury. One of the world best bowler in his days. Who can forget the two beauties which ripped the stumps of Dravid and Sachin in consecutive balls at Eden Garden.

Hopefully he quits with world cup in his hand and slapping all those criticism away by some more S and C reverse swing yorkers.

Do it Shoaib. This is your last chance to become a real hero.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

‎"I'll huff and I'll puff, and I will blow you away." We will miss you Shoaib Akhtar!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

he is the person which really make me to sit tight to pak matches . .

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

Shoaib we will miss u........you are the world fastest bowler and you did very well for Pakistani cricket.........!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by smalishah84 on (March 17, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

RIP Shoaib. Retire In Peace :)

Posted by sunny1307 on (March 17, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

for all those having antipathy towards Shoaib show your respect towards this all time great bowler for one last time......a message for ross taylor who had carnaged pakistan and shoiab in that game.....if pak meets nz in the semis shoib will show kiwis what he is made off..............salute to the champion...........loved watching him for all those years............

Posted by KingQ14 on (March 17, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar the name is enough itself, he has served his purpose in this gamed, played by his own rules and never bowed to any one thats what we call strength. In 46 Test he took 178 Wickets that is a milestone in it self. He bowled 100 mph in the World Cup 2003 that is yet another unbreakable record which will last with him forever and makes us proud. 250 wickets in Odis is also good and im sure he will be better then ever in the upcoming WC matches and lead Pakistan to win this Wc and be remember as a legend :) We Will Miss You, See you in Ipl Next Year till then Make us Win this WC.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

People like Shoaib Akhtar and Breet Lee inspire generations to come and are part of generation where no one else could come even close to emulating them.They are the people who brings passion and excitement to the game.Kudos to Shaoib . Wishing him luck in his future endeavors.

Posted by Luqman on (March 17, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

Tear in the eye that you are going, little smile on the face that you was there! One of the best fast bowler. Just love watching him running almost from the boundry to the pitch. One more time tear as was the case as Waqar, Inzamam, Brian Lara retire from the best sport in the world.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

A true entertainer and the type of man whose ability flies far above the borders we have created for ourselves...good luck Shoaib on the future innings of your life...God bless!

Posted by wisegreek on (March 17, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

Em an Indian. But not being biased I have a great respect towards what, Shoaib had as a talent. He was truly a legend. The fierced balls he has delivered over the decade were among the best. His presence was always felt. But a deep sorrow on how his career is ending. He must have been able to get more wicket provided, had he been given more chances.This is again, where, we have failed to get most of a player to enrich our cricket....I will miss you shoaib...........may God bless you.hats off...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

he was a champ, ruined by his proud and Naseem Ashraf..we will never forget ur services for the country. your spells against australia in Australia and Srilanka, bullet yorkers for Sachin, Dravid and Englad team , Ganguly's nightmare of short balls and jitters for every incoming batsman..too much to discusss.We will miss you.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Sohaib Bhai u were always best.......bt u u lost your talent jst because u did not played continuis for pakistan..I can bet to any one if u were always presence with ur talent a s u have No side wud compete to apk...Khair koi koi nai in-spite if this have drawn beautiful impression on us..Enjoy ur retirement

Posted by flyingmachinee on (March 17, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

he wll not picked in ipl........

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

well he was never fit enough to play... only 46 tests in 13 years says it all... his unique body structure gave him speed... but that also gave him injuries... so much controversy in his career makes me think that he never was that serious anyways... trying to be the bad guy and outlaw destroyed his career...

Posted by Yeddu on (March 17, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

India loves Shoib !! We miss you! We love to have you continue your career in India...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

wise choice brother ... better to go out this way than being humiliated out after a tournament or lingering around for too long ... i wish some of our other greats had exited more gracefully, like Wasim, Waqar, Miandad, Inzamam, etc ... Best decision you have taken in a while ... Finally, I hope Pak wins the worldcup and I see Shoaib shattering the stumps of Tendulkar one last time ...

Posted by HS_11 on (March 17, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

Cheetah and Hero pf Pakistan and Million others!

Posted by subbuamdavadi on (March 17, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

It was a pleasure watching his long, flowing run-up to the crease, hair blowing behind him, culminating in a projectile hurtling towards the (poor) batsman. It's a shame he played so sporadically for Pakistan. People remember his two deliveries against Sachin and Dravid. People should also remember, the over he bowled in IPL I (I forget against which team) in the Eden Gardens - his first over in fact. I think he got two wickets in that too!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

I love u very much shoaib akhtar you are my favourite bowler ever in any team when i heard this newz of retirment i waz really very hurted I WILL MISS UUUUUUUUUUUU VERY MUCH

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

Shoaib you fought back very good, but it was Akmal who mess u up.but you did ur best to make a good end of a very good career, all the cricket fans love you.and will remember you forever......................

Posted by Javeri99 on (March 17, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

Dear Shoaib: Your era was one of the most uncertain period of Pakistan Cricket. But due to your excellent and powerful will you made every comeback of yourself a treat to watch. This is good and timely decision we will miss your fire and your celebration. Hope to see you soon retiring to your bachelor's life as well :) good luck.

Posted by Basit_Ansari on (March 17, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

I think his ability of bowling fast was due to his attitude. He bowl like a king & he act like a king. No matter how he performed through out his career but he reminds me one of Tipu Sultan's quote " Lion's single day life is better than Jackal's 1000 year life" God bless you

Posted by Sabbir007 on (March 17, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

End of a controversial career! He was one of the best fast bowlers and one of the best controversial characters of cricket!The cricket world really miss him! Good bye Shoib!Try to make it a happy ending by winning world cup!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

We will miss you Shoaib... Pakistan Cricket will miss the spark you brought to it... The world will miss the deliveries fired at the velocity of bullets... You rock... The whole cricketing world won't ever be able to forget your fiery spells... your pacey bouncers and those wide spread Fighter Jet arms... You are a Warrior... We will miss you badly...

Posted by sunnysng on (March 17, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

i was always his supporter,even though i am an indian..but if you cannot enjoy good cricket..then its not a sport..i would love to see him and his comrades even participate in the IPL... leave the politics to the politicians and the sports to the sportsman..and he has been an excellant sportsman...wish him the best of luck for his future..and may you never pick wickets against india in this world cup..lol..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

Do not do this, Pakistan need you..... Please change u Decision.

Posted by pakcaptain on (March 17, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

What about the world cup ? what do we do now? Inthe past he was a great bowler ....but now i think if pak wants to win matches as of now.... he should be on the bench... just because he is gona retire doesnt mean we should make him play immeterial of the fittness.... a team like NZ thrashed us! whats gona happen against India Austrailia South Africa?? Razzaq is another one whos bowling is no threat to batsman ... Once upon a time pak bowlers were most feard in world cricket... and also A rehman ...i doubt his potentials !! bitter decissions have to be taken for the team to rise....

Posted by sss051 on (March 17, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

The end of a golden age..............

Posted by Emancipator007 on (March 17, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

Feeling real bad about this retirement. An extreme pace bowler irrespective of his nationality stirs your senses. Jeff Thomson and Andy Roberts in the 70s. Holding , Marshall, Patterson and Imran at times in the 80s. Donald and Waqar in the 90s and Akthar and Bond in the noughties. And the batsmen facing them fearlessly and with good records against pace were Gavaskar, Amarnath, (Sandeep Patil briefly), Dean Jones, Martin Crowe, Gooch, Tendulkar. Atherton did OK but his modest records don't measure up. Wish Dale Steyn takes up the cudgels this decade, and instead of bowling within himself cranks up his pace even more and terrorizes batsmen. Want Amir back..a misdemeanor for a 18 year old. Shoiab was a sight…end of intense, adrenaline-pumping, highly competitive cricket.

Posted by CoolestSandy on (March 17, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Good time to retire not easy for an express bowler to continue for so long. Much appreciated. Take care of your health. You have been awesome all the years and every cricket lover waited to watch you in action on the field.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

he is a legend! :( :( :(

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 7:03 GMT)

we missing you all time in over life shoib akhter

Posted by Ammar_pak on (March 17, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

Shoaib is Love !! The Legendary , Sir Shoaib Akhtar . This is the saddest day of my life .... :( he was a true entertainer and true bad boy of crikcet

Posted by Mare117 on (March 17, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

The real "MAN" of cricket is retired ,now just records and stats are remain in cricket

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Shoaib is great talent and the decision is very appropriate. Just hope that Shoiab stars for Pakistan in this world cup and what more if he can win it for the team. He could have played much more cricket had he listened to the experienced cricketers....i.e reducing his bowling action and loosing muscles, but what has to happen, has to happen.

Nevertheless, he has been the most fearful bowler during the period he played for Pakistan and inarguably a BOX OFFICE insignia when on song.

I wish him best of luck in his after retirement life and ventures....God Bless You

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

My salute to you Shoaib!

You have given genuine cricket lovers some truly exciting and exhilarating moments.. I was personally there at the Gabba to witness your amazing spell in a one day match during Pakistan's tour of Australia in 1999-2000... and you just blew the Australians away, who were chasing a meager score of about 150..

Those memories of your great lethal bowling spells will stay with us forever... v will miss u... lov u Bro.....

ALL da best with your life and please get married now...;) lols

Posted by icegreen89 on (March 17, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

I'll miss you Shoaib. Hope your quarterfinal is in India.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

Its a Saying from Shoaiby!! when i run the whole stadium the whole nations runs behind me!! Shoaiby u r are a wonderful character U severed With ur level best!! The areo plane the rawalpindi express will finally stop in World cup 2011 hopefully Inshallah in the Finals!!

Posted by tmzahamed on (March 17, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

:( :( :( :(........... pls win this WC and retire.....so, it will be a gr8 gift 4m u 2 pakistan.......

Posted by Sanki88 on (March 17, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

You were a rock star for the game I love. Full of both good and bad, but you always did what you wanted and the way you saw things. We adore that and you will always remain in our hearts Shoaib! Best wishes from Sri Lanka.

Posted by deedas5 on (March 17, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Good luck Shoaib!!! Fastest bowler in the world till date!!! 162 kms speed against Matt Horne(New zealand) is still unforgettable!!! Perform well in this World Cup and make ur fans proud!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

pakistan seriouly miss the rawalpindi express after the world cup .WC Remaining 4 matches giving good performance akthar inshaallah......

Posted by Mr_AKKI on (March 17, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

Shoaib akhter is great man in cricket world and very fast bowler in the world. i will missing your profumace and best of luck. last greast decision ALLAH bless You...!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

I will miss you.. You are one of our greatest bowlers and you are one of my ideal!

Posted by sathishkrish on (March 17, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

172 test wickets in 46 matches. What a career? Had he been fit, the record would have been much better. Great career overshadowed by controveries and misunderstandings. Some players like Shoaib need to be handled better. Pak should have handled him with care.

Posted by tmzahamed on (March 17, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

very sad 2 hear this news...... a gr8 player whom pakistan gonna lose now....... played well during his career... and doing well now too..hope ur contribution more 2 all the cricket loverz.... but anyway, all da best 4 ur future planzzzzzzzzz

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

@Shafiq Khan: He said he is playing this worldcup only because we lost aamir and asif just before it. I don't think Pakistan won a lot of test matches without shoaib post wasim/waqar and pre aamir/asif. From 2003 to 2008 I guess @gzawilliam: That's not the only issue. There is something to do with hyper-extended joints or something like that, which is why he can never be fully fit anyway. For a flatfooted boy who couldn't walk till he was 5, its a big deal to become a devastating fast bowler with the ability to control line and length at a searing pace. No one can maintain this kind of pace for as long as Shoaib has. He can still strike terror in the hearts of batsmen. He has been an amazing bowler. Even Pakistan with its infinite supply of fast bowlers has never produced someone else quite like him. He can be surpassed in talent yes, but no one else can truly be compared to the Rawalpindi Express; a true maverick.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

Fastest bowler in the world. Match-winner. Lethal on his day. (bowled 159 the other day against SL). Still consistently clocking 145+KM.. takes a lot for his age. Going to miss you! but Thanks for the memories and good luck for the future!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

the world cricket will miss your explosive bowling, you would had archived more only if you had disciplined himself, anyways wish u best of luck & thanks for all those wonderful moments. u will always be remembered as "Rawalpindi Express"

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Shoaib is great talent and the decision is very appropriate. Just hope that Shoiab stars for Pakistan in this world cup and what more if he can win it for the team. He could have played much more cricket had he listened to the experienced cricketers....i.e reducing his bowling action and loosing muscles, but what has to happen, has to happen.

Nevertheless, he has been the most fearful bowler during the period he played for Pakistan and inarguably a BOX OFFICE insignia when on song.

I wish him best of luck in his after retirement life and ventures....God Bless You

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

WE LOVE YOU!!!...Please do if you can prolong your career....cricket is live only on sheer pace bowlwer...we love your runup...your running....your running is enough to fill andralin into nerves....WE MISS YOU....SHOAIB ...LOVE YOU....If I could write all pages...this would be less in praise of you YOU ARE GIFT OF GOD TO CRICKET AND thus for US.....we love you!!!...YOU ROCKED!!!!...YOU ARE JUST LIKE MY ELDER BROTHER AND FAMILY MEMBER TO ME...WE LOVE YOU!!! I'M SO DEEPLY EMOTIONAL...MY EYES ARE WET...LOVE YOU!!!...I USED TO THINK WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN SHOAIB WILL ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT....I CAN'T SAY MUCH..MY ALL FAMILY MEMBER'S ARE JUST IN SHOCKED...WE LOVE YOU...MAY ALLAHA GIVE YOU GOOD LUCK IN REST OF THE LIFE...

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (March 17, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

oh this is such a sad news ... i hope remains involved in one way or another ... i hope pakistan can carry on this legacy of producing larger than life fast bowlers .. i think shoaib was right in his approach as the dust settles no one remembers stats but people remember the feeling they got when they saw someone special someone larger than life

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (March 17, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

i hate shoaib akhtar. not bcoz he was a bad cricketer or a bad person but only bcoz he didnt do justice to the immense talent he had.his off field antics and his arrogance didnt let him become the best fast bowler of history although he had absolutely everything that is needed in a fast bowler.natural talent is a gift from god n if u cant do justice to that n u waste it, u dont deserve appreciation.guys like umar gul deserve much much more appreciation bcoz they dont have even half the talent of shoaib but they work hard to make a mark.shoaib is ungrateful

Posted by ShoW_StopeR on (March 17, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

Best of Luck for future life....a wonderful career with full of Bowled....and especially the bowled of Sachin Tendulkar on his first meeting in a test match at India.... TRULY Match Winning Bowler...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

CRICKET will miss your explosive bowling, wish u all the best .. thanks for all those wonderful moments..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

A great example of talent wastage, he could have won more mathces for Pakistan, he failed to justify his talent and skill, never the less he will be remebred for few of magical spells.

Posted by Riz-Khan on (March 17, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

What a sad news for Pakistanis, we shocked that he gave that kind of decision where he was performing well in one day cricket matches, Shoaib donot be disharted, its a part of cricket that some time bad day for players,

WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MATCH WINNING BOWLER AND YOU ARE THE ONE WHO CAN BLAST THE OTHER COUNTRIES ATTACK, COME ON SHOAIB WE WANT YOU AS MATCH WINNING BOWLER.

SUPPORT PAKISTAN AND SUPPORT SHOAIB

Posted by ROLAYH on (March 17, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Good chance for Pakistan now to win the world cup for Shoaib... :-)...

Posted by Shakeelaliqureshi on (March 17, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

The end of a Legendary player. We miss a Tremendous sportsman. Hope he will give his best performance in the final matchs of his career.

Posted by marathayoddha on (March 17, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

Yes in 13 years he only played 46 test [:o] totally wested, wht more can i say.

Posted by northumbriannomad on (March 17, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

A brilliantly exciting cricketer to watch - as soon as he's standing there at the end of that run-up you can feel the zing in the air. Also a great character, and a patriotic servant of his country. Sorry we won't see him in Tests again, but good luck Shoaib for the rest of the World Cup and for the future after international cricket. Also good luck to Pakistan in the competition.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

Its better to quit when people say "WHY" Instead of "why not " . Welldone Shoaib bhai . None can replace you.. PS : Don't quit t20 please :s

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

I don't like Pakistan cricket team. But I like shoaib akter very much and enjoy his bowling action. I miss it in future so I am really hearted.Shoaib Akhtar a brave Player ,, this is a very very Good Decision.. he is a great Player. I hope he ends his Career on a HIGH Note rather than a disappointing end!!!!

Posted by OptimusPrimal on (March 17, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

What the heck... Cricinfo can you please put a better pic of Akhtar on your front page. If it was Tandulkar, I'm sure u would've found a smashing pic of him.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

No doubt Shoaib Akhtar is a king of fast booling. He is a legend in the History of Cricket. I hope he will make his hectic and sincere endeavours to make this last World Cup more memorable and terrific. I pray to Allah Almighty for his success with good health and happiness. I do hope that Pakistan Cricket Board will utilize his skills for the betterment of fast booling in the Pakistan.

Posted by Korangi-Khi on (March 17, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

What a tremendous talent he was & he is? world will remain him in memories, that was a great period he spent with Pak Cricket. Take care and best of luck for your future.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

@brlara.. i certainly do agree with almost whatever you've written but.. does any body really remember Bond's bowling action ? his aggression in the field ? he's only known by regular cricket followers like me & you, but tell you what even a person who doesnt follow cricket regularly knows Shoaib ! I would say there is no comparison between Bond & Akhtar !

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar Retiring....When will Shahid Afridi will

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

good decision......coz now u r just a burden for your team... Also panting after just half an over & having rare wickets & no line & length(epitome around 25 runs in an over against NZ)... ......DEFINATELY SHOAIB ,i appreciate your decision.....

Posted by Theekshana22 on (March 17, 2011, 6:27 GMT)

Akhtar is a legend......Though he retired from the world cricket,his memories will never pass away...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

We'll miss you Shoaib !!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

Well Done Shoaib Akhtar your truely legend and we will miss you. Best of luck for your future assignments. Shoaib ends his career on high note.

Rawalpindi Express Cricket world will miss your speed, your run up and your swinging yorkersssssssssssssssss

Posted by Rehaann on (March 17, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

He is the genuine fast bowler of the world and only one to bowl at almost 102 miles per hour, but he destroys his career himself. He was undisciplined and disobeying in the past. He shows no devotion towards his game, but shows full devotion in dancing with dia mirza and esha deol and commercials etc. Nevertheless, if we look to his bowling averages in all formats, he was magnificent. I wish he ends his career on a high note rather a disappointing performance, and come back to Pakistan happily.

Posted by AniMathews on (March 17, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

Shoaib...i think its a good decision to make ..you been a terrific fighter in the past let make all your efforts to win this world cup...all the best

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! *Heartbroken* :(

Posted by Krish_cricketlover on (March 17, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

What a player! Am an Indian, but wont feel as sorry when Zaheer retires! Such is his charizma..a global icon.

Posted by CricSamraat on (March 17, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Pakistan is ready for Shoaib's well-deserved retirement. Shoaib can provide invaluable advice to budding bowlers. Years of extreme physical efforts take their toll. But, Shoaib has led an eventful and successful career. A proud man is going out with his head held high.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Shoaib you are the best bowler ever and you have always been my favorite.I love you so much.Best of luck for your future life and may you see the time of your life during WC 2011 by winning it.Lots of best wishes..I am gonna miss u a lot. :(

Posted by Abid_AMANYAAR on (March 17, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Shoib is a legend and can be considered a key factor for motivating young fast bowlers, he is a Strong man who was injured from the last five years and still kept fighting it. we will miss you All Shoib. the special moment was the one when he totally created SILENT moment in India by bowling Tendulker.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

he is shining star..... a real fast bowler after wasim,waqar, that can teas the champs like lara,sachin, pointing,etc i like him and try to copying

Posted by CricSamraat on (March 17, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

Pakistan is ready for Shoaib's well-deserved retirement. Shoaib can provide invaluable advice to budding bowlers. Years of extreme physical efforts take their toll. But, Shoaib has led an eventful and successful career. A proud man is going out with his head held high.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 17, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

Proper express pace bowler,but unfortunately due to the nature of the modern day game, one of the last of a dying breed. Love him, hate him, it's gonna be hard to replicate him. You could have been one of the all time greats Shoaib, and I don't say that lightly. A bit of a wasted talent, but what a talent and in the end.... that's entertainment.

Posted by Salman86 on (March 17, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar you will be missed BADLY to Pakistani cricket fans..This is such a heart-breaking moment for us.. Believe me Your bowling has given passion to Pakistani nation..The Long hair,The Long run up,The aggression in the eyes, Jet style after picking up a wicket..This is all coming to an end, The World fastest bowler we love YOU!

Posted by sanjaysg on (March 17, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

Great Bowler who will bowl in an over on or two chukers....same goes with Ajmal.....both will not bowl all 6 balls as "chuck' but if anyone know cricket ...watch the full over....u wll notice what I am trying to say.

But you cant take away the credit of his speed when he bowls those legal delveries...and supernova image he has..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

we,r surely gonna miss the most dashing fast bowler of all time...cmmon shoaib lets make a happy ending to ur awesome career by winning the wcup...gudluck

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

wow probably a wise decision! He's been the most entertaining bowler to watch in cricket any day when he's got the ball in his hand :) He's bowling action is as terrifying as any scary movie can be for a child :) Wish he rejoice the moment of his final farewell from the cricket field by Celebrating Pakistan Winning this WC!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

the only pakistani player which we indians really loved to see in the ground "THE RAWALPINDI EXPRESS HAS FINALLY STOPPED AT THE STATION"

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

good decision....usually Pakistan/Indian players dont retire rather they been kicked out of team

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

please dont go you are rock star of pakistan we love you shoib bhai

Posted by cricketkumar on (March 17, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

nothing unexpected..always knew this..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

As Expected Mr Speedstar Shoib Akhtar decided to quit Intl Cricket after this W.cup ,,i will miss his bowling,,really enjoyed his superb spells ,,one off the gr8 Fast bowler for Pakistan,,real threat to big batsman,,like Sachin , Ponting , Pieterson,,,fitness not allowing him to play more.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

shobi bhai its heart brokening to not see you in action anymore later but if it is the time pls just bowl 1 more time for 100mph in any match once again :), love you ever as one of the best bowler

Posted by siddharth1982 on (March 17, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

I am an Indian and a very biggg fan of Shoaib Akhtar.........and i think he is easily the most loved cricketer in India. I still remember the India-Pak test at Eden, I bunked school to watch the Day 2 after India bundled pak for 180 odd in the first innings & then shoaib got sachin & dravid off consecutive balls and silenced all of us :) ..........I wish he had played more tests and one dayers, i wish he had taken 500 wickets and I wish we could talk about him the same way we talk about Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev, Joel Garner, Malcom Marshall or Curtney Walsh...nevertheless my heart goes out to him and i hope India get one fast bowler as talended as this man..........& i don't care what ppl say but i think he is one of the best fast bowlers ever to play cricket...........I wish him all the best for his future

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:07 GMT)

Please Cricinfo don't publish retire from any PCB players, i feel tired seeing them comming back after retirement. can they apply their retirement to ICC officially?

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

Great Bowler ... he could've achieve what no one else has ever had ... but still i am proud that this guy is a Pakistani

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

Very good.because his bowling action doutfull.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Personally I think his career was lifted just because of 2 deliveries in asia cup against Sachin and Rahul. In rest of his career he was an ordinary bowler (except year of 1999). I do admire Wasim and Waquar more than Shoaib at any given time (as he once said after 2003 world cup if he was in Australian team things could be different for him). They proved it by consistent legendary performances. On the contrary Shoaib has been a spoiled brat. I wish him all the best for his rest life though.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (March 17, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

Thank you so much Rawalpindi Express, Pakistan loves you and we will miss you.

Posted by imirfan on (March 17, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

I agree with Syed Bukhari. he is a good bowler but just imagine if this was a normal career without these ups and downs he would have been a great bowler.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:01 GMT)

Good bye RAWALPINDI Express, we will ever miss you

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (March 17, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

I still remember that 1999 test match. Could have achieved much more if not for fitness and disciplinary record. In bowling he was in the class of fearsome WI bowlers and for on/off field tantrums he was a big brother of our SreeSanth. Now with Shoaib retiring and Sresaanth losing confidence of his captain I think game is going to lose sheen somewhat especially in test cricket where a pair of non attractive batsmen are playing long innings in the middle and nothing to spice up things. :) Well played Shoaib. Love from a Indian fan!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

i loved to watch him bowl and look how batsmen were struggling against him.when i saw him 1st i felt after wasim and waqer another one is down the line. but for his fame and the name and for the talent he had he never justified it. but all ways he was a good bowler. we saw the grate Caribbean fast bowling came to a end with Walsh and ambrose and with shohib i feel the dominance era and happy memories of Pakistani fast bowling almost ending with shohib ..... feel so sorry i want to c him doing a grate job in this world cup i am a srilankan but want to c the man helping Pakistan to win the crown.then he can feel god about his carrier.... just before the Pakistan srilanka match he said people gave up on him but he never gave up on him self ...dear shohib i also never gave up on you .

Posted by AllahDad on (March 17, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

well done shoaib, you have done fantastic job for cricket, i m your big fan, you will be remembered as one of the greats of cricket.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

we willlllllllll miss him

Posted by AnkurTyagi on (March 17, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

He served PAK for 13 years and played only 46 test Matches---What a waste of a good Talent..!!!!! PCB board is pretty good in that!!----hope to see him in IPL next year..!!!

Posted by Kamran_Pakistan on (March 17, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

What a talent, wonder how many test-playing nations can boast such a bowling stock. He was the best in town but the sad part is he did not know that because if he had, he would have risen to untouchable heights in the international bowling arena. Lots of lessons are out there for the taking for all who have seen this man play - if you are best at something, don't let go of it for trivial goals. Life has got many many distractions that continuously tempt you but in order to be contently successful you have to keep your direction straight. This guy would now probably get almost everything(other than cricket) he had wished for during his career,,but he never was mature enough to know that while he played. Being his big fan, I have always felt he under-achieved but for as long as he played, he set the world around him alight - sheer pace, vivacious adrenalin rush,trembling batsmen,off-the-seat audience,what more do you need for a cricket game. THANK YOU SHOAIB, GOD BLESS YOU!! Kamran.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

Shoaibh unargably fastest bowler in World cricket uptill now and no doubt about that he has been one of the greatest entertainer in World cricket a real match winner and can destroy any oppositon single handedly but his carrear has been jeopardised by controverseries,injuries,Discipline.Had he has been dedicated to his job like Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Mcgrath,Kallis he had to the potential to be in that Zone.However He is prime example for every Youngster that Talent is neccessarry but it must back up by great attitude and dedication

Posted by brlara on (March 17, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

There was an excellent say from the former West Indies captain Richie Richardson. "It's not only about how much you score, but how you score. However much ability you have, and however much you do, if the fans aren't happy, it's all futile. I was very conscious of that. I wanted to do well in front of full stadiums, wanted to entertain". Shoaib is just a kind of an entertainer. Crowd puller. Justin Langer on 2004 Boxing day test said "A bloke's (S Akthar) bowling 150kph, trying to rip the fingers off your arms, or probably even worse. "It gets your blood going, the adrenalin pumping, you're in a fight - to me that's what Test cricket is all about". Shoaib can't able to keep himself fit to have a fulfilled career. A bit like Shane Bond. But Shane Bond hasn't got himself into controversies like Shoaib got into. It would have been great for Pakistan if Shoaib played more test. Best wishes to Shoaib for all his future Endeavors.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar a brave Player ,, this is a very very Good Decision.. he is a great Player.

Inshallah he will do Very Best for Win the World Cup...

Posted by kiwiboy1 on (March 17, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

One of the greatest performer's at the world stage.I've always enjoyed watching Shoaib bowl.He will definetly be missed.Enjoy your retirement Shoaib..YOU ROCK...!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

"He shot to fame in 1999, when he bowled Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in 1999 in the Asian Test Championship game against India, and continued that form into the World Cup where he was one of Pakistan's most effective bowlers"

Eventually Rawalpindi Express's career is going to be end and question is that can he win world cup for Pakistan and end his career with proud and gift for Pakistani nation?

Pakistani soil has really produced genuine fast bowlers in the past and Shoaib was one of the them, we think that he could earn more wickets if he would be more disciplined in his approach but no doubt he has worked with some serious pace and shaken the confidence like batsman Indian Opener Saurav Ganguly by attacking on his ribs with some firing pace.

We hope he will serve Pakistani team in future while coaching to the youngsters like other fast bowlers like great Waqar Younis.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (March 17, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

2.In the 2000s, Akthar is the only pace bowler to have hustled and troubled Australian batsmen regularly(notably in the winter ODI series in 2002 in OZ and also the Sharjah Tests ).Bond did that only in ODIs.Akthar has troubled better-equipped Indian batsmen too in ODIs in the early noughties. As a Test connoisseur, I desperately wanted one last tilt by Akthar, Amir, Asif and Gul (as a quartet!) against Tendulkar, Sehwag, Laxman, Gambhir and Pujara in Tests. Still hoping for the return of the fearsome pace quartets that West Indies (something that I grew up on) regularly put out in the 80s up to the mid-90s. Fidel Edwards, Jermaine Lawson, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor are still not too bad a combination if they can be brought together. If that failure of a coach Greg Chappell can get Shaun Tait to be a Test bowler again, I would acknowledge him again. Tait, Nannes, Lee and Johnson in ODIs are also not bad. A steaming in and pacy Akthar was one of the highlights of World Cup 1999.

Posted by jawwad.champ on (March 17, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

I hope he ends his Career on a HIGH Note rather than a disappointing end!! no doubt he was the world's fastest bowler and on his day can tear apart any team on his own. The deliveries bowled to Tendulkar and Dravid in '99 were the best in his Controversial career but even then he was at his best whenever he delivered for Pakistan. He will be missed the RAWALPINDI EXPRESS!! Rock it Shoaib!! make your final few matches a one to remember for all the cricket lovers (Y) and I hope to see his Final match be against India or Australia and should be the final or Semi Final of the World CUP INSHALLAH

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

ahhhhhhhhhh its really heart broken for my i wont be able to see my hero in action anymore after this world cup. I will miss you and your presence in the ground shabi bhai. You're a CHAMP and you'll remain the CHAMP InshALLAH. Will Miss you my hero ..! :(

Posted by Emancipator007 on (March 17, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

1.Every time an extreme pace bowler announces retirement plans, I get cheesed off and morose (same happened when Bond announced his retirement). How I wish there had been one sincere man manager in Pakistan cricket and a real understanding captain to manage Akthar's career. Even egoistical, volatile but highly talented players can be managed. Akthar has a fantastic record in picking up top-order wickets in both Tests and ODIs. He should have been a Test legend by now. The media has totally overlooked the fact that Akthar at 35 -irrespective of his inconsistent performances- has made the best ever comeback for an EXTREME pace bowler (Brett Lee's comeback is not bad but he is bowling within himself) in world cricket history. He is steaming in and still bowling at 145 kph consistently which believe me guys is very difficult. Plus, Akthar has made a return against all odds with almost everyone in Pak cricket ganged up against him (Anyone remember Ganguly 's similar saga in 2006?). CONTD.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

What a colourful career it was!!!A great player no doubt who plays the game with emotions.......

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

finally we can bring in new players

Posted by pace-ace on (March 17, 2011, 5:41 GMT)

on the comments that follow I dont want to hear what Shaoib Akhtar couldve been and shouldve been. Repeat the following words everyday: " shoaib akhtar at his peak was the best sight in cricket bar none." Do i make myself clear?

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:41 GMT)

He is still the best and fastest bowler. This is the right time for him to retire. I salute him...

Posted by Paki.Fan. on (March 17, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

Shoaib is someone you loath one day and adore the other. The sight of him running in and bowling those missiles and his celebrations were something to behold. We all will miss that. Even with all his issues Shoaib has given so much to the game. All the best, you were one of the few match winners left in our team

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

good bye rawalpindi xpress......

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

its better..... he z over age.... but he have a made this world cup awesome by his performance and for Pakistan as well.... Good Luck....

Posted by syedbukhari on (March 17, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

i loved his pace and would always be a great fan of him. he was and will be the king of fast bowling shaun tait and everyone else has learned by watching him

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

he is talented but he himself destory his talent, thanks atlast he is leaving .

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

the man pakistan cricket will remember for all times to come

Posted by zubair100ca on (March 17, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

It will embark the end of a controversial career which saw many ups an downs.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

I think the decissoin is too late.He was just picked up beacuse of absence of two "A".

Posted by MD82 on (March 17, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

real loss to international cricket... he was the first in the new arena to show what a real-paceman can do... hats off for his contribution

Posted by D-rose on (March 17, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

He had a great career, in fact one that should have been greater.

The timing of this is horrible though. This will be a distraction to the Pakistan management and selection. He didn't need to spring this up right before the Aussie clash. Anyway, hope he doesn't play just because he's about to retire.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

You will be Dearly Missed Shoab Bhai. Always be one of the best and amazing Bowlers to watch. Someone Truly feared even by the greatest batsmen

Posted by pappu63 on (March 17, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Cricket fans will miss Shoaib. He is still a nightmare to many batsmen. One cannot move their eyelids when he is bowling. He brings extra action to the game. The fans will miss his looks with sweat and few strands of hair sticking on his face after he bowls a delivery. I wish him and his family all the best.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

great bowler, no doubt and good time to call it off

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

shoaib was,is and will be one of the greatest fast bowler.he has single handedly one Pakistan matches and terrorized batsmen all over the world with shear pace.hopefully now when he is retiring he may have passed some of his bowling experiences to the young wast bowlers in the Pakistan team like wahab and junaid.he is also opening his personal academy so this is a good sign for Pakistan....SHOAIB WILL BE MISSED IN THE RANKS OF FAST BOWLING....

Posted by indianzen on (March 17, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

Better he retires... one of the most controversial players in the world.

Posted by CricketFreud on (March 17, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

is it a life-time retirement or an until-fit-again-kindof-retirement ???

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

He is amazing!!! He didn't perform well against New Zealand mostly because Kamran Akmal shattered his morale and confidence. And because they dropped him against Canada, which was a very bad move by Pak management. He needs to be in the field as much as possible!

Shoaib rocked the cricket field for 10 odd years, and will keep on rocking eternally in the hearts of cricket lovers.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

Thats Sad to know.. It wud be an end to an exciting Era..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

best of luck to him good time to retire for him for the last one year he has bowled with a lot of heart even though he wasn't 100 percent fit yet he got through it pakistan cricket will miss him

Posted by jattkadanda on (March 17, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

Sad news for cricket lovers..What a great bowler..we will miss you..thank you for all the great memories..We want to see you bowl at the final..And we hope to see you in T20 action..

Posted by Meety on (March 17, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

Love him or hate him, when on song he was great to watch, with his ridiculously long run up, nostrils flaring. Whilst not as erratic as Tait, or as gifted as Waqar or Wasim, he was a danger man & it would of been good to see him handing over the mantle of the fastest bowler on the sub-continent to Aamir during this Cup, (not to be). Onya Shoaib!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

There goes another Charm away from Cricket ... He's one amongst who brings intensity, excitement to the cricket... "You hate him or You love him but You can't ignore him"

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

he done good job for Pak .i like pak pace attack since my childhood ..waqar,akaram ,akhatar....etc

Posted by cricstar101 on (March 17, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

shoaib was a great cricketer and gud he shud retire now! his time as a cricketer has ended. gud luk and we luv u shoaib akhtar

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

He is among one of the great bowlers for pakistan, Wishing him best for his future life.

Posted by avis1001 on (March 17, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

I think the turning point for him was the 2003 wc match between India and Pak when Sachin became the nemesis of his bowling. After that he really did not play well.

Posted by PebbleBay on (March 17, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Will miss you Shoaibbhai!!!

Posted by vakeel on (March 17, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Right Decision at the Right time. It will good to see him rest of the tournament. Insha Allah he will do his best. One more thing he is Most threatening bowler in world. Has injured top batsmen like LARA, KRISTEN, GANGULY etc...

Posted by UltimateCricExpert on (March 17, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

Shoiab Akthar.... The bowler who bowls at greatest pace you can ever imagine on the field and an individual who is highly indiscipline off the field. Started his career as a revolution in the art of pace bowling and he is now retiring as just an ordiany bowler. Shoiab story is just a lesson to every one that even though you are talented you can never become great unless you have discipline. All the best Akthar.

Posted by gzawilliam on (March 17, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

His body cant hold up to the rigours of the international game because he weighs about 100+kg. He has a high body fat level. He's over bulky in muscle in the upper body. Why not lean up a bit before you say your body isn't up to it anymore..

Ive noticed for years he's been unfit and having knee issues. Well excess upperbody weight will do that..

Stop with the heavy lifting shoaib...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

He should have retired ages ago.

Posted by the_blue_android on (March 17, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

Thank you Shoaib for the wonderful moments you have given to us cricket fans. When you are on song, no one can put bat to ball. Not Sachin, not Dravid, not Ponting, not Gilly ,Hayden. A fan from India!

Posted by vohrabhai on (March 17, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

good decison, right time to retire. this is an excellent move to motivate himself to give his best in the coming matches. He can afford to push his limits further since he doesn't have to worry about being fit for after the worldcup.

Posted by Syed_Afsar_Hussain on (March 17, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is dropping catches and PCB dropping the bowlers.... (Danish Kaneria, Shoaib Akhtar)....

Posted by marathayoddha on (March 17, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

good for him. dont think too much cricket left in him now. ] but pakistan will def miss him

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

B-Bye Rawalpindi Express !!! will miss you.

Posted by sarathy_m2 on (March 17, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

Your're an inspiration for many fast bowlers. No one can replace Shohib, the cricket world loses one among the very few fast bowlers like Styen, Lee, Tait, Bond. Shohib, please involve in training fast bowlers like you, after retirement. Good Luck.

Posted by ns_krishnan on (March 17, 2011, 4:57 GMT)

Another Pakistani player to retire ? For how long ?

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

End to a legendary career, though the guy was way of the mark regarding discipline and self maintenance issues, though he produced the most thrilling and amazing spells of fast bowling, he can make one go nuts at any stage of the game with his long run up, monstrous leap and devastating bowling arm and change the course of the match with in few balls... specially the test cricket will never be the same without him ... its really heart breaking to realize we will not be able to see this guy bowl again after Wasim and Waqar...

Posted by Sohailamir on (March 17, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

Well done shoaib bhai.......... good decision to retire from international cricket after world cup...... now doubt you have supeeeeeerb career but not now this time...

Posted by Mannix16 on (March 17, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

murali and akhtar gone after this series, wonder how many more are gonna retire after this world cup

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

a wonderful servant to the game, great player, Pakistan would seriously miss services of a fast bowler, i always felt he was honest and played in true spirit for the country. May allah give him the ability to perform one last time for Pakistan and bring the much needed cup home. Ameen

Posted by RockNomi on (March 17, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

Good Decision by Shoaib Akhtar ,

Posted by spinwiz on (March 17, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

He was looking well below par during this World Cup. I think this is the best decision for both him and the Pakistan cricket team.

Posted by Adnanhq on (March 17, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

I feel suprised from the retirement of Shoaib Akhtar........He can play one dayers and t20 for atleast 2 years from now........ Atlast the batsmen now would feel the huge sigh of relief........ Shoaib Akhtar has produced dramatic wins for Pakistan ..... and those memories would cherish in the minds of his fans.......

Posted by ibbani on (March 17, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

Bye bye speedster, Rawalpindi express, you will be remembered for 2 things, sachin's six of your bowling in the 2003 WC. 2nd, 2 wickets in successive deliveries of Rahul Dravid and Sachin bowled.

Posted by GullyBully on (March 17, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

My favorite Pakistani bowler. Hope he stays close to the game and continues to contribure in other ways.

Posted by bd_ninja on (March 17, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

thank god. it got painful to watch him bowl towards the end..

Posted by BazzyKhan on (March 17, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

One of the finest bowlers in the world on his day, its just too bad he didn`t have alot of those days. That was due to his own doing and bad luck. But still, he will be missed, and his record is quite excellent. Well done Shoaib, you have made alot of Pakistanis proud!

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