Pakistan news June 16, 2011

Shoaib Akhtar pulls out of Sri Lanka Premier League

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Shoaib Akhtar, the retired Pakistan fast bowler, has pulled out of the Sri Lanka Premier League, a domestic Twenty20 tournament in July-August, because of personal reasons.

"My parents are old and I want to spend time with them," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I also don't want to play or want to be on the ground anymore. I'm not even coming back for a job in cricket or anything, but if some youngster needs my help I'll visit from time to time to help them but no more of this game.

"I want to explore other parts of the world now. I played this game for 18 years and I don't want to spend another 18 years in that scenario anymore. I am going to be involved in charity work from now on."

Shoaib had announced his retirement from international cricket during the 2011 World Cup and his career ended on the bench as he watched Pakistan lose the semi-final to India. He had been drafted in for the Twenty20 tournament hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket along with other international players such as Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Herschelle Gibbs, Daniel Vettori and Kevin O'Brien.

The tournament is scheduled between July 19 and August 4.

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  • on June 19, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @getsetgopk : well if you want to talk stats...then the list never ends in which India is way ahead of Pakistan...

    * No 1 in tests for more than 15 months * 2 WC victories * Cannot remember the no of batsmen who have 10000 runs or more in Tests as well as in ODI's * NEVER LOST A GAME AGAINST PAKISTAN IN ANY WORLD CUP UNTIL NOW(that should suffice any thing else if you still want to show anymore stats)

    and many more....

    But by showing this I am not against Pak team. I have seen players like Akram and Younis play, they are legends...it's not necessary to defame somebody else to gain popularity :)

  • getsetgopk on June 19, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    india has a pathetic overall win percentage of 51.74% in odi's compared to pakistan's 55.11%. pakistan is the 2nd nation to have won over 400 odi's after australia. india hasn't even caught up with westindies which has a win percentage of 54.42. bowling has always been pakistan's speciality. hoping and wishing is a good thing makes you sleep better but that wont change anything

  • on June 19, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    i think SLPL WILL BE THE WORST SERIES WHO ORGANIZED BY THE SRILANKA CRICKET

  • on June 19, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR Shoaib Akhtar 46 82 8143 4574 178 6/11 11/78 25.69 3.37 45.7 Harold Larwood 21 36 4969 2212 78 6/32 10/124 28.35 2.67 63.7 Chaminda Vaas 111 194 23438 10501 355 7/71 14/191 29.58 2.68 66.0 Jeff Thompson 51 90 10535 5601 200 6/46 9/105 28.00 3.18 52.6

    Shoaib Akhtar clearly has a better record than Larwood, Vaas and Thompson ...does that really mean Shoaib is a better bowler than all of them(now again I am not degrading Shoaib)...bowling fast and and having an AVG and a SR of 25 and 45 respectively are not only the things that are to be looked into when you are saying that there is not a single Indian who is a better fast bowler than Shoaib Akhtar...well I can certainly remember two bowlers who if not equal are better than Shoaib...Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan...A bowler's endurance and attitude must also be taken into account before judging..

  • tradetekbiz on June 18, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    @ Harsha: I think you missed the point, I mentioned the overall record because I was responding to an Indian fan who was hoping and wishing, thus I said if Pakistan can get out of this rut, which is the fault of PCB and players (me hoping and wishing) then Pakistan's overall record will get even better. No one in their right mind can say that the current Pakistan team is better than Indian team, so I agree with you, but that is not germane to the point at hand. So I am not questioning your observation but just your comprehension of my comment. Also, once again I agree that Shoaib was to a certain degree at the least was a wasted talent, but that just means he wasn't as good as HE could have been, getting back to my earlier point and comments to others that even the lesser version of what he could have been is better than any fast bowler that India has ever proved, and rather than accepting that fact or countering it, Indian fans went around it and thats where hoping/wishing came in.

  • Usmanaftab24 on June 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Shoaib continues to rule the hearts of 180 million pakistanis and it's enough to make him a legend...Peace :X!

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    @tradetekbiz : Well I agree that overall Pakistan has a good record against India but, that has more to do with players like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar n more...please open your eyes and look at what team India has...a player of the caliber of Rohit Sharma(man of the series in the recently concluded WI series) does not have a place in the original team...It's unfair to even say that Pak's team comes close...I am not degrading your team but, I am talking the reality...It's a pity that it has happened because of some irrational management by PCB and some egoistic cricketers Pak has...Coming to Shoaib Akhtar...he is one of those wasted talents I would say...never really played to his potential and had a lot of attitude problems...all I want to say is...he was a good bowler but, he could have done better...

  • ShaniJ on June 17, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    @ all those people who think Akhtar is not a legend, go and watch his spells against top class batsmen like Ricky ponting and sachin on you tube.I bet these people have forgotten his achievements.Akhtar was a true match winner!!he has proved that on many ocassions

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Munaf patel... i think indians have forget the match with ENG... he don't even knows how to bowl..in fact he takes instructions from harbhajan...and No DOUBT Akhatar is a LEGEND ..love YOU AKHATAR....

  • tradetekbiz on June 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @ cric_fanatics, just-chill... and the like: thank you for a well thought out argument or refuting anything I said. If we are hoping and wishing now: just hope Pakistan doesn't produce few more fast bowlers and some decent batsman (far more likely of a scenario than what you're hoping for), because that will worsen the already dismal record that India has against Pakistan.

  • on June 19, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @getsetgopk : well if you want to talk stats...then the list never ends in which India is way ahead of Pakistan...

    * No 1 in tests for more than 15 months * 2 WC victories * Cannot remember the no of batsmen who have 10000 runs or more in Tests as well as in ODI's * NEVER LOST A GAME AGAINST PAKISTAN IN ANY WORLD CUP UNTIL NOW(that should suffice any thing else if you still want to show anymore stats)

    and many more....

    But by showing this I am not against Pak team. I have seen players like Akram and Younis play, they are legends...it's not necessary to defame somebody else to gain popularity :)

  • getsetgopk on June 19, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    india has a pathetic overall win percentage of 51.74% in odi's compared to pakistan's 55.11%. pakistan is the 2nd nation to have won over 400 odi's after australia. india hasn't even caught up with westindies which has a win percentage of 54.42. bowling has always been pakistan's speciality. hoping and wishing is a good thing makes you sleep better but that wont change anything

  • on June 19, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    i think SLPL WILL BE THE WORST SERIES WHO ORGANIZED BY THE SRILANKA CRICKET

  • on June 19, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR Shoaib Akhtar 46 82 8143 4574 178 6/11 11/78 25.69 3.37 45.7 Harold Larwood 21 36 4969 2212 78 6/32 10/124 28.35 2.67 63.7 Chaminda Vaas 111 194 23438 10501 355 7/71 14/191 29.58 2.68 66.0 Jeff Thompson 51 90 10535 5601 200 6/46 9/105 28.00 3.18 52.6

    Shoaib Akhtar clearly has a better record than Larwood, Vaas and Thompson ...does that really mean Shoaib is a better bowler than all of them(now again I am not degrading Shoaib)...bowling fast and and having an AVG and a SR of 25 and 45 respectively are not only the things that are to be looked into when you are saying that there is not a single Indian who is a better fast bowler than Shoaib Akhtar...well I can certainly remember two bowlers who if not equal are better than Shoaib...Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan...A bowler's endurance and attitude must also be taken into account before judging..

  • tradetekbiz on June 18, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    @ Harsha: I think you missed the point, I mentioned the overall record because I was responding to an Indian fan who was hoping and wishing, thus I said if Pakistan can get out of this rut, which is the fault of PCB and players (me hoping and wishing) then Pakistan's overall record will get even better. No one in their right mind can say that the current Pakistan team is better than Indian team, so I agree with you, but that is not germane to the point at hand. So I am not questioning your observation but just your comprehension of my comment. Also, once again I agree that Shoaib was to a certain degree at the least was a wasted talent, but that just means he wasn't as good as HE could have been, getting back to my earlier point and comments to others that even the lesser version of what he could have been is better than any fast bowler that India has ever proved, and rather than accepting that fact or countering it, Indian fans went around it and thats where hoping/wishing came in.

  • Usmanaftab24 on June 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Shoaib continues to rule the hearts of 180 million pakistanis and it's enough to make him a legend...Peace :X!

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    @tradetekbiz : Well I agree that overall Pakistan has a good record against India but, that has more to do with players like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar n more...please open your eyes and look at what team India has...a player of the caliber of Rohit Sharma(man of the series in the recently concluded WI series) does not have a place in the original team...It's unfair to even say that Pak's team comes close...I am not degrading your team but, I am talking the reality...It's a pity that it has happened because of some irrational management by PCB and some egoistic cricketers Pak has...Coming to Shoaib Akhtar...he is one of those wasted talents I would say...never really played to his potential and had a lot of attitude problems...all I want to say is...he was a good bowler but, he could have done better...

  • ShaniJ on June 17, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    @ all those people who think Akhtar is not a legend, go and watch his spells against top class batsmen like Ricky ponting and sachin on you tube.I bet these people have forgotten his achievements.Akhtar was a true match winner!!he has proved that on many ocassions

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Munaf patel... i think indians have forget the match with ENG... he don't even knows how to bowl..in fact he takes instructions from harbhajan...and No DOUBT Akhatar is a LEGEND ..love YOU AKHATAR....

  • tradetekbiz on June 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @ cric_fanatics, just-chill... and the like: thank you for a well thought out argument or refuting anything I said. If we are hoping and wishing now: just hope Pakistan doesn't produce few more fast bowlers and some decent batsman (far more likely of a scenario than what you're hoping for), because that will worsen the already dismal record that India has against Pakistan.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    @sandeep Vaishnav .... did you have any bowler like him ??? Secondly he is pure legend... Shaun Tait .... Bret Lee .... Both don't have best bowling figures against him.... Indian team players always afraid from him.........

  • cric_fanatics on June 17, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    @tradetekbiz ..pray hard that india doesnt produce good bowlers...or else the beating for pakistan will just severe up and your visits to cricinfo far and few between...

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    @tradetekbiz : "for Indians it has become all about the money" - And for Pakistanis it has become all about selling their nation for money.

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Akhtar was a waste of talent... he can never be compared with akram , waqar , ambrose , walsh , donald and the rest... I would say he is in the same category as zaheer khan, cork and at best poor version of dale styern...

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    What the heck is this?? Do you guys think AKHTAR is a LEGEND? You guys don't know what the meaning of it?? He is a good fast bowler against INDIA. That is the only tag he can take with him. The people here praising him no brainer.

  • tradetekbiz on June 17, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    @ sandeep: if you're going to use win a world cup for a team as your criteria after india has just won a world cup at home, then that shows your bias, and by that logic Munaf Patel is a better bowler than Waqar Younis. Also, Akhtar has a far better average and SR (two things that really matter) than any indian fast bowler. This proves two things, he is better than any Indian fast bowler and that he is above average at the very least. No one can say Akhtar was a legend (maybe the type of cricket he inspired) plus such a word is reserved for fast bowlers such as Marshall, khan, Lillee, McGrath, Akram, Younis and Ambrose. Also number of wickets a bowler takes shouldn't be heavily weighted, no doubt it should be looked upon though. Because by that logic, your conclusion would be that Kapil Dev is a better bowler than Fred Trueman. Because that just ain't so .

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Let him get an IPL offer and watch him find time from commitments ...SLPL was offering only 30k....Thats what IPL cheerleaders get..perhaps more......

  • on June 17, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    hey akthar plz come on tv again

    by ur indianfan

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Shoaib Aktar was and will be an avg bowler, there was a lot of hype and hopalla arnd him when he first arrived at international cricket. Those soon faded away with time. I dunno why ppl are callin him a legend. Did he take 500+ wickets ??? Did he take 10 wickets ina a test inings ?? Did he win world cup for Pakistan ??? I think ppl use the legend as a filler. Pakistan Cricket, seriously does need a legend to bring them back to old glory days.. but AKTAR a LEGEND .. u GOT TO BE KIDDIN ME !!

  • tradetekbiz on June 17, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @ maddy20: I never said akhtar was soo great or that he took sooo many wickets, i simply compared him and still stand by it that he is better than any Indian fast bowler ever, instead of saying how many wickets he has, you should give me the name of an Indian fast bowler to make your point and prove me wrong.

  • Badreshian on June 17, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    A true legendary fast bowler with a perfect run up and delivery action with monsterous speed but spoiled by his behaviour and physical fitness. Though am agree with that the board (PCB) has not treated what this lion of Pakistan desevered. Any ways best regards to a legend fast bowler and best of luck in his future endeavours......

  • BUTT_093 on June 17, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Personally I am surprised by this decision given that as he ages further, chances to play in leagues like this will diminish. It also puts light on the fact that Shoaib did struggle a lot while preparing himself for the World Cup and the preceding matches and doesn't feel he can go through that kind of rigorous training to get in shape again. This could be an indication folks that Akhtar might never step on to the field again in any capacity. Bummer.

  • maddy20 on June 17, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Despite of me not liking his attitude sometimes , I like the spirit of this guy. Never say die attitude is hallmark of a true CHampion @tradetekbiz "India has never produced a better fast bowler than Akhtar and with this attitude never will." What the hell are you talkin about? The guy does not have even 200 test wickets. You may say injuries but thats the point- Staying fit!

  • HZA1 on June 17, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Another Pakistani Legend leaves the game and not shown the respect he deserves from the PCB, they use you and spit you out when they dont need you. You will be missed Akhtar!!

  • on June 17, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Good decision by Shabby. I am glad that at last he has started thinking like a matured man. I pray for his success in his new adventure.

  • saqii on June 17, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar was the only reason for me to watch Srilankan Premier League... A World Class Performer who never got a chance to show his potential..

    Haven't seen such a hard luck Rockie...... Shoaib Akhtar. Those who understand Cricket & Love it...Love You Akhtar!

  • tradetekbiz on June 17, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    @ cric_fanactic: True, AndyZaltz... has probably forgotten that for Indians it has become all about the money, India has never produced a better fast bowler than Akhtar and with this attitude never will. Irfan Pathan isn't even good enough to be Pakistan A side.

  • on June 17, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    we dont need retried old fox for slpl, by bye akthar

  • on June 17, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    To be honest shoaib was good only for a few starting yrs and afterwards just became a burden on PCB with constant injuries...he never realized that a fast bowler has to give up on speed and pick up line n length instead and thats where he lost.He was good initially but if you cant keep up with conditions than i guess you are not good enough.He, however should have had a better farewell.

  • mso797 on June 17, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    @rizwan ahmad there is still umar akmal, with afrid retired the crowd will probably chant boom boom akmal

  • Masud_BITK on June 16, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Shoaib is a natural pace bowler..such natural pace bowler may face live like Dinosaurs. It would be great to see him around at domestic level. People are always talk about proving himself. He has nothing to prove but plays for crowds. Playing T20 at national and international levels are NOT a bad idea like IPL,SLPL,Big Bash or any future happend to anywhere. Please don't say NO.

  • MeowCat on June 16, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    he lost his form tremondously.I agree with him though,his wishes are far more important.

  • CricketChat on June 16, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Akthar has nothing to gain by playing in SLPL as he is already retired from int. cricket and there isn't enough money to entice into put his body through the rigors again like IPL. Surprising that he even considered playing after WC. I think we have seen the last of this great bowler in last WC. Pity didn't get a fond farewell he so thoroughly deserves. Wishing best of luck in post playing career.

  • mso797 on June 16, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    really i think he should start an academy and follow in possibly Latif's footsteps

  • on June 16, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    All the legends in Pak cricket are gone ! u are the only one left who could make people to go watch matches in grounds,like to roar with you,love to fly that plane with you now u gone there is no charm in watching Pakistan cricket any more.........best wishes Shoaib !!!

  • a.hassaan on June 16, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @ Andrew Crocker, Amazed at your inability not to recognize natural, killer talent that Shoaib Akthar had and proved by destroying all great batsmen of his time both mentally & physically. Shocked at the negativity shown by people for a man who gave so much entertainment and class to the game of cricket. @ To all the Indian commenters, Lets see the world's second most populous country (oh yes, India) produce 1/5th of a bowler that Shoaib was. It's almost funny how these Indians forget the '99 Test and Tendulkar's walk back to the pavilion clean bowled on a duck by oh yes that's right, Shoaib Akthar. Please, give respect where its due. Cricket without Shoaib Akthar in all fairness is lacking a hero, less interesting.

  • Apolloniac on June 16, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Great show while it lasted - salute shohaib - sad ending to a great talent - A Sri Lankan fan dissapointed that we wont be seeing you at the SLPL.

  • yogeshsharma on June 16, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Too...much...attitude..killed his cricket..is the best n will be the fastest n dangerous bowler in the world..pity..but another victim of great PCB..

  • malik86 on June 16, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Rajendran Thiagarajan...LeT dnt need him they r gud enuf 4 u

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @rajendran hahaha. super comment!

  • getsetgopk on June 16, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    when afridi announced his retirement there was a hope he might come back but this one is prety cruel NO. Akhtar brought many batters to their knees and we are blessed to have seen and enjoyed it but i guess all good things must come to an end and so is Akhtars career. pak cricket will always be greateful for his service. good luck ! time to bring in a new Akhtar.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    We're gonna miss him for sure, after whatever done with him and whatever he did with Pakistan Cricket, in goods

  • CricketPissek on June 16, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    oh well.. was looking fwd to seeing him bowl 4 overs, which is as much stamina as he has. but we have to respect a decision like this. what a wasted talent.

  • Saim93 on June 16, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @Andrew Corker...Lame sarcasm

  • Conynine on June 16, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I was really REALLY REALLY looking forward to SL PL just because of Shoaib Akhtar. No reason to watch it now.

    ...but I understand that he knows whats best for him.

  • on June 16, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    poor decision, i'm disappointed, .

  • on June 16, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Good Luck with whatever you chose to do Shoaib. Although I would've loved to see you compete again, I respect your decision to move on.. All the best :)

  • Rakim on June 16, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Great and unique on the field and off the field !!

    Thanks 4 everything Shoaib bhai!! U are one of the greatest to play this game!

  • just_chill_chill on June 16, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - " Irfan Pathan get on the phone NOW!" - This dude has a big sack full of majorly embarrassing episodes in his life. He really has no credibility left to teach anything to anyone.

  • HZA1 on June 16, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Another Pakistani Legend leaves the game and not shown the respect he deserves from the PCB, they use you and spit you out when they dont need you. You will be missed Akhtar!!

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Suspect batsmen due to be playing are really disappointed not to have some easy runs coming!

  • Cruzan on June 16, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    I wish he stayed with SLPL , maybe he didnt find it as enjoyable as IPL, we have great cricket telents here too.

  • cric_fanatics on June 16, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair....irfan pathans salary is 2 million...he could keep akhtar as his assistant....poor lad this shoaib

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Seems like he is going to join LeT

  • khurramsch on June 16, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    he should have played. t20 is not big issue for fitnes. He bacame victim of afridi like razak

  • xylo on June 16, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Akhtar deserves credit for being true to what he actually thinks. Adios!

  • a.syed81 on June 16, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair Ifran Pathan is till a youngster. That's strange I though he is a mature gun now.

  • syedahmed91 on June 16, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    What people would do to see shoaid akhtar steam in once again....

  • EZ-Cool-Dude on June 16, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Well, for an injury prone pro cricketer, I understand. But still he deserves a proper farewell, getting hammered by NZ in WC is NOT a proper farewell

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Its nice to see Akhtar move on with his life from Cricket. We wish you all the best Rawalpindi Express.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    "if some youngster needs my help I'll visit from time to time to help them".... Irfan Pathan get on the phone NOW!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Aww. I was actually looking forward to seeing him in action. He's just totally walking away from the game?? There's life outside cricket? Why didn't someone tell me this?

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  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Aww. I was actually looking forward to seeing him in action. He's just totally walking away from the game?? There's life outside cricket? Why didn't someone tell me this?

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    "if some youngster needs my help I'll visit from time to time to help them".... Irfan Pathan get on the phone NOW!

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Its nice to see Akhtar move on with his life from Cricket. We wish you all the best Rawalpindi Express.

  • EZ-Cool-Dude on June 16, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Well, for an injury prone pro cricketer, I understand. But still he deserves a proper farewell, getting hammered by NZ in WC is NOT a proper farewell

  • syedahmed91 on June 16, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    What people would do to see shoaid akhtar steam in once again....

  • a.syed81 on June 16, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair Ifran Pathan is till a youngster. That's strange I though he is a mature gun now.

  • xylo on June 16, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Akhtar deserves credit for being true to what he actually thinks. Adios!

  • khurramsch on June 16, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    he should have played. t20 is not big issue for fitnes. He bacame victim of afridi like razak

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Seems like he is going to join LeT

  • cric_fanatics on June 16, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair....irfan pathans salary is 2 million...he could keep akhtar as his assistant....poor lad this shoaib