News Frontliner Web Desk, 13 February 2019: With just six months to go for his 45th birthday celebration, former Pakistani bowling speedster, Shoaib Akhtar announces his comeback.
In a video message through his Twitter account, the fastest bowler Pakistan bowler, who declared his retirement from all formats in 2011 announced his comeback by saying, “The children of today not only thinks they know a lot, but also think that they can challenge my bowling speed as well. So, I am coming back to play and show them what speed really is. I too will play league (cricket) so beware!”
“Hello, 14th February is the date, mark your calendars guys. Main bhi araha hun iss baar league khelnay.. Aakhir inn bachon ko bhi pata toh chalay kay tezi hoti kia hai! #shoaibisback #Pakistan,” read the caption of the video message posted by Pakistan’s all time fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
Since retiring, Shoaib has played exhibition game sonly , including the Sachin’s Blasters Vs Warne’s Warriors match in the United States.
Interestingly, it is on February 14 which marks the start of fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) and fans are speculating that Shoaib Akhtar has joined one of the six PSL teams in some capacity.
Another former Pakistan fast bowler, Wasim Akram commented on the video message, “Shaibi.. Is this actually happening? You’re coming back? The kids these days could use some of your tezi.”
Known as Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is perhaps one of the most popular players across the cricketing globe. It is an understatement to call him just a ‘fast’ bowler. The long run-up and the fiery follow-through of Shoaib Akhtar is one of the most exciting sights on a cricket field, if and only if you are not facing his bowling.
For all of us, who haven’t seen what ferocious fast bowling is all about, since Shoaib’s retirement, it would be a real treat to watch him bowl again.