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Shoaib Akhtar pulls out of Sri Lanka Premier League

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 16, 2011

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Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul take a break during practice, Colombo, March 18, 2011
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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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Posted by   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 :)

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (June 19, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

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

Posted by   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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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...

Posted by 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

Posted by   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....

Posted by 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.

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