Shoaib Akhtar

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Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010-2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the ‘circle’; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” External link

india Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar argued : “I criticise India as well. But if Virat Kohli has 12,000 runs, what else you can say. Rohit Sharma has two [three] double centuries in one-day cricket, what can you say? The opponent’s qualities should be known to us. Kohli has become the greatest batsman. What can you say? Should I say: he is a bad person or he is not a good player?” External link

india Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010, 2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the circle; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” External link

news18 Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “It’s not his fault that he’s playing in an era of easy cricket, or if Sachin played in a tougher era or Wasim, Waqar and Inzamam have player a much more competitive brand of cricket. So if he’s scoring runs, what we can say about it?” External link

news18 Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I criticize India as well. But if Virat Kohli has 12,000 runs, what else you can say, Rohit Sharma has two double centuries in One Day cricket, what can you say. The enemy’s qualities should be known among us. Kohli has become the greatest batsman, what can you say, should I say he is a bad person or he is not a good player,” External link

news18 Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010, 2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the circle; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “It’s not his fault that he’s playing in an era of easy cricket, or if Sachin played in a tougher era or Wasim, Waqar and Inzamam have player a much more competitive brand of cricket. So if he’s scoring runs, what we can say about it?” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I criticize India as well. But if Virat Kohli has 12,000 runs, what else you can say, Rohit Sharma has two double centuries in One Day cricket, what can you say. The enemy’s qualities should be known among us. Kohli has become the greatest batsman, what can you say, should I say he is a bad person or he is not a good player,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, September 11, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

news18 Friday, September 11, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I live a very comfortable life. I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB. I am not afraid to give others advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” External link

news18 Friday, September 11, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises. I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure,” External link

dnaindia Friday, September 11, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “This mindset had to be changed. I believe that If had been with the team there was no way we would have lost the first test to England after reducing them to top 117 for five? Aggression is necessary in top cricket. I have always believed in making tough decisions and people will back you,” External link

dnaindia Friday, September 11, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things. Playing around here and there is probably Misbah but this is not me. I am not like that. Whatever has happened, now that you are there, you need to say with confidence that you are there now, you will see how to set things right,” External link

dnaindia Friday, September 11, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

expressindia Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I live a very comfortable life?I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” External link

expressindia Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I live a very comfortable life…I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB. I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I live a very comfortable lifeI played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : ”I don’t like saying this but it is a fact. Look I don’t want a job and I don’t need a salary. People want jobs and they come for salaries but I don’t need the money.For Akhtar the motivation is to build a pool of world class players who will serve Pakistan cricket for long time. “I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure.” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things. Playing around here and there is probably Misbah but this is not me. I am not like that. Whatever has happened, now that you are there, you need to say with confidence that you are there now, you will see how to set things right,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things,” External link

news18 Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “We have invested 18 years on the likes of Hafeez and Malik and utmost pressure should be put on them ahead of the T20 World Cup. We should tell these guys that if you don’t perform, we will hold you responsible for last 18 years,” External link

expressindia Saturday, September 5, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?" "This is very strange. We all can see clearly he is the biggest batsmen in the world. He and Rohit Sharma are performing all the time. Why shouldn't we praise them?" External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, September 4, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar asked ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, who comes close to Kohli?” External link

expressindia Friday, September 4, 2020 6:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Our mindset changed by bringing average people to the top… we brought average people to be the captain of the team. Look at who India got — they made Virat Kohli the captain, an aggressive player. Who did we bring?” External link

expressindia Friday, September 4, 2020 6:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I don’t know why people are angry, they should go look at the stats first before criticising me. Do they want to keep the hatred in mind, that just because he is an Indian, we will not praise him?” External link

news18 Friday, September 4, 2020 6:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Why do you always try to find faults, why don’t you try and be like them. There was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan. Now, Pakistan want to be like Indians,” External link

news18 Friday, September 4, 2020 6:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Our mindset was made to change by bringing average people on the top. They brought average people to be the captain of the team. Look at what India got - they made Virat Kohli the captain, an aggressive player. Who did we bring?” External link

news18 Friday, September 4, 2020 6:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I don’t know why people are angry, they should go look at the stats first before criticising me. Do they want to keep the hatred in mind, that just because he is an Indian, we will not praise him?” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 4, 2020 5:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Why do you always try to find faults, why don’t you try and be like them. There was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan. Now, Pakistan want to be like Indians,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 4, 2020 5:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Our mindset was made to change by bringing average people on the top. They brought average people to be the captain of the team. Look at what India got - they made Virat Kohli the captain, an aggressive player. Who did we bring?” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 4, 2020 5:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?" External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?" External link

timesofindia Thursday, September 3, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Haider is at par or even better than Babar in white-ball cricket because he has the talent,” External link

dailytimesPK Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar asked ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, which comes close to Kohli?” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundreds right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : "Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times. Babar will need to understand that the chances coming his way are not going to happen for the rest of his life so, he needs to make the most out of it," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : "Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important for him to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times," External link

khaleejtimes Monday, August 31, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : “Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 31, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar concluded : “Pakistan team are playing in a bio ‘insecure’ bubble, where each player is insecure. No one has an idea about whether they want to become a good captain or a good brand. Confused selection, confused management, confused captain, confused team, and confusion of everything. Teams are not made like this. So go with a set plan and go with one plan,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 31, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar remarked ( about Babar Azam ) : “He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times. Babar will need to understand that the chances coming his way are not going to happen for the rest of his life so, he needs to make the most out of it,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 31, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : "Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important for him to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times," External link

news18 Monday, August 31, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I have seen the attitude of aggressive bowlers, they have the intent of taking wickets. I do not know what is being taught to the current bowlers of Pakistan. There is no method, Naseem Shah keeps on bowling at just one area, there are no slower balls or bouncers," External link

news18 Monday, August 24, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "I don't know why there is a lack of aggression, we are not net bowlers, we are playing Test matches," External link

news18 Monday, August 24, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Our players do not understand that when you do not have the right mindset, you would not succeed. Pakistan looked like a very ordinary team, the way we are playing, it is looking like we will face our biggest defeat on foreign soil since 2006," External link

news18 Monday, August 24, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : “There were many who told me not to hit them. Muralitharan was one. Many Indian tailenders would tell me ‘don’t hit us, we have families’. Muralitharan would ask me to bowl slow, and he would get out. Yousuf would ask me to hit him. He would say ‘break his fingers I can’t play his spin’. I bowled Muralitharan a few bouncers but he said ‘don’t do this to me I will die if the ball hits me’,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 21, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Bumrah has a difficult action. He cannot play in all formats. It is his braveness that he showed his skills in Test matches. He is a very hard working guy and is very focused. He knows where he wants to go. But will his back support him?,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 21, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Muttiah Muralitharan ) : “There were many who told me not to hit them. Muralitharan was one. Many Indian tailenders would tell me ‘don’t hit us, we have families’. Muralitharan would ask me to bowl slow, and he would get out” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 21, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Yousuf would ask me to hit him. He would say ‘break his fingers I can’t play his spin’. I bowled Muralitharan a few bouncers but he said ‘don’t do this to me I will die if the ball hits me’,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 21, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "He (Dhoni) still is not done. He is still going to play IPL for at least two more years. You never know, the Prime Minister may call him and request him to play the T20 World Cup. That is also possible," External link

news18 Thursday, August 20, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar recalled : “He fell on the wickets, got out and was in a lot of pain. So yeah, every time I hit someone I felt bad,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I think he (Dhoni) could have gone on to play the T20 World Cup. The way India supports its stars, the way they love them, and recognises them, they would have played him in T20s. But it was his personal choice," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I think he could have gone on to play the T20 World Cup. The way India supports its stars, the way they love them, and recognizes them, they would have played him in T20s. But it was his personal choice,” “But again he has won everything, a person from Ranchi has rocked the whole of India, what else do you need. At the end of the day, the world should remember you. And a nation like India, they will never let you get forgotten” External link

expressindia Tuesday, August 18, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : “A man, an era, a person who changed the way the sport was played. We call him Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” External link

india Sunday, August 16, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "the story of cricket will never be complete without him" External link

business-standard Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from international cricket. The story of cricket will never be complete without him. Video tribute coming up shortly. What a legend! #DhoniRetires #mahendrasinghdhoni," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:20:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Shan Masood was unlucky but he had already played his part. Asad Shafiq got run out, it is again his fault. But Babar Azam has to come out with something good, because you cannot create a name like this. You might be a good player, but you have to establish yourself as a match-winner," External link

news18 Monday, August 10, 2020 10:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : “If you are not able to capitalise on a 107-run lead, however big a batsman you may be, you are of no use. Babar Azam has to come out with something good, because you can’t make a name for yourself like this. You are a good player but you got to establish yourself as a match-winner,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Monday, August 10, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Rahul Dravid ) : "Dravid was a difficult and determined batsman. It was difficult for me as well as him. He would play me quite easily," External link

dnaindia Monday, August 10, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar recalled : "There was a final match in Bangalore, I had dismissed Sadagoppan Ramesh early, we took 3-4 wickets early. Sachin Tendulkar was not playing. Shahid Afridi and I said Rahul Dravid will take a lot of time and it's Friday night today. Afridi said bowl something and take his wicket else he will play for long," "I hit him directly on the pad and urged the umpire to raise his fingers. I even said it's our Friday night. He did not give the decision in our favour but we had won in the end" External link

dnaindia Monday, August 10, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Shan Masood was unlucky but he had already played his part. Asad Shafiq got run out, it is again his fault. But Babar Azam has to come out with something good because you cannot create a name like this. You might be a good player, but you have to establish yourself as a match-winner,” “If lead had not been there, then we were dismissed for just 150-175. You have to think what you have to do as a batsman, this is really disappointing,” External link

expressindia Sunday, August 9, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "Bumrah has a difficult action. He cannot play in all formats," External link

dnaindia Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "It is his braveness that he showed his skills in Test matches. He is a very hard working guy and is very focused. He knows where he wants to go. But will his back support him?" External link

dnaindia Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I think I had bowled an 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him," External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:38:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him," External link

dnaindia Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him,” External link

expressindia Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I apologised to Dhoni for hitting him with a beamer deliberately. This was the first time I bowled a beamer deliberately. I think I shouldn't have done it," External link

news18 Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I heard Sachin was the god. I said this is a god? Iss ki khairiyat nahi. He didn’t recognize me, and I didn’t recognize him. He was in his own attitude and I was in my attitude. But I wanted to get him out on the first ball and that happened,” External link

news18 Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You have made him carry the shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

dailytimesPK Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar explained ( about Mickey Arthur ) : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have led Pakistan in the same way like he carried shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 7, 2020 3:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

expressindia Friday, August 7, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You made him carry shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 7, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar explained : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have led Pakistan in the same way as he carried shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 7, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

news18 Friday, August 7, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You made him carry shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 7, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar explained : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have led Pakistan in the same way like he carried shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 7, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

business-standard Friday, August 7, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

dnaindia Friday, August 7, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

irishsun Friday, August 7, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Breaking the 100mph barrier wasn't a big deal to me. It was just media hype, an international cricket gimmick. I wasn't getting paid for this -- to break my bones trying to bowl that fast," External link

business-standard Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I don’t wrestle, it’s my way of showing my affection to other people and I basically crossed the line. When I like someone, I throw them," External link

news18 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Younis Khan has wrongly been made batting coach, he should be training players in the National Academy with Mohammad Yousuf as the Pakistan batting coach,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "People hardly know about this story. I had a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002, I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened," External link

business-standard Monday, August 3, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "People hardly know about this story. I had a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002, I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened," External link

khaleejtimes Monday, August 3, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I heard Sachin was the god. I said this is a god? Iss ki khairiyat nahi. He didn't recognise me, and I didn't recognize him. He was in his own attitude and I was in my attitude. But I wanted to get him out on the first ball and that happened" External link

news-yahoo-in Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel. The story has been made up" External link

news-yahoo-in Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel. The story has been made up,” External link

expressindia Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Younis Khan has wrongly been made batting coach, he should be training players in the National Academy with Mohammad Yousuf as the Pakistan batting coach," External link

khaleejtimes Sunday, August 2, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar responded : “Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel,” External link

india Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "That we don't know. They have announced a 20-member squad. In that twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in," External link

news18 Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "That we don't know. They have announced a 20-member squad. In that twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “They have announced a 20-member squad. In those twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don't want to get into that," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won't let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?" External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "They (BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don’t want to get into that,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar asked : “You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They (the BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic?” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don't want to get into that," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won't let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?" External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "They (BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?" "You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They (BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic," External link

dnaindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:41:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They [BCCI] said to end the series and they [Australian Board] said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic,” External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They [BCCI] said to end the series and they [Australian Board] said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : “Get well soon Amit Ji @SrBachchan Prayers for a speedy recovery,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, July 13, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want to see players' (COVID-19) test negative but want their mindset to be positive. Pakistan needs to play really good cricket," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, July 3, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want to see players' (Covid-19) test negative but want their mindset to be positive. Pakistan needs to play really good cricket," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I pray to god that Pakistan won't try to just draw the series there. In the past, we could have won many games in England but I feel the mindset of the batsmen just wasn't there," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni`s film,” External link

dailytimesPK Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:20:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "It left me very disturbed. I felt very sad about the incident. One thing about it is bothering me. I met him ( Sushant ) in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. A boy was approaching with long hair and his hat askew. I did not feel a lot of confidence when somebody told me he would be portraying the role of MS Dhoni in a biopic. I thought I will have to watch his acting now. He has come from a humble background, and he is making a good film. The film did turn out to be successful. But one thing that bothered me was that I should have accosted him and shared my life experiences with him. This may have given him a broader spectrum in life. I regret not talking to him," External link

ibtimes-in Monday, June 29, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni's film," External link

newindianexpress Monday, June 29, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Deepika Padukone ) : "Ending your life should never be an option. Setbacks are an asset in life but when you know you have problems you should discuss it. Deepika Padukone reached out after her break up that she was suffering from anxiety and needed help. I think Sushant also needed help," External link

newindianexpress Monday, June 29, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni’s film," External link

dnaindia Monday, June 29, 2020 5:58:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Hafeez ) : “My advice to Hafeez was that if you wanted to do a retest, you could have done it for your satisfaction and for your family. However, he should have not published his test results on Twitter. Instead, he should have confronted the board privately. But he didn’t, which was a mistake. You don’t mess with the board that is selecting you. If you mess with them, then it will have consequences,” External link

dailytimesPK Monday, June 29, 2020 12:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "PCB showed a bit of mismanagement, we just started doing random testing of players, now players have tested positive for coronavirus, the worst-hit area due to coronavirus is maybe Lahore, then it is Karachi. I am sure that if you keep on testing, you will get more and more positive results," External link

dnaindia Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I met him in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down. A friend told me that he is doing MS Dhoni’s film,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “When I came into the side there was Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis who were like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh only So I had to really put in the hard yards to make a name for myself,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Ending your life should never be an option. Setbacks are an asset in life but when you know you have problems you should discuss it. I think Sushant also needed help,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni's film," External link

news18 Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Hafeez ) : “My advice to Hafeez was that if you wanted to do a retest, you could have done it for your satisfaction and for your family. However, he should have not published his [test results] on Twitter. Instead, he should have confronted the board privately. But he didn’t, which was a mistake. You don’t mess with the board that is selecting you. If you mess with them, then it will have consequences,” External link

tribune Sunday, June 28, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "All our school buses are parked and not used for any other purposes. We maintain and disinfect the buses regularly - at least once a month, to ensure they are safe and in good condition as we wait to see if schools will reopen when the new academic year begins," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : “Really appreciate your decision Wahab Riaz to make yourself available for Test cricket. Keeping Pakistan first. You will do well in English conditions InshAllah,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Although this should have been done earlier by the authorities, it can still be done. People are calling doctors whom they know personally but if they have a helpline where trained and qualified doctors were available, it would be a great relief for thousands of patients who don’t know any physician personally,” External link

thenews-pk Monday, June 15, 2020 4:22:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman I ever bowled to, the only opener who could face me with the new ball,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “He knew he didn’t have the shots, I also targeted him by bowling at his chest but he never backed away, and still scored runs. That is what I call bravery,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “When India came in Pakistan in 2004 under Ganguly’s leadership I got a feeling that this team can beat Pakistan and they did that,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman I ever bowled to, the only opener who could face me with the new ball," External link

timesofindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven't produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he's a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job," External link

timesofindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman, the only opener who could face me with the new ball,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “He knew, he didn’t have the shots, I also targeted him by bowling at his chest but he never backed away, and still scored runs that are what I call bravery,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

india Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar recalled ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “I never thought India could beat us outside of a World Cup game. I toured India in 1999, we won in Chennai, we lost in Delhi but we won in Kolkata again, we won in Sharjah,” “When India came in Pakistan in 2004 under Ganguly’s leadership I got a feeling that this team can beat Pakistan and they did that” External link

india Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Kolkata Knight ) : “I never thought India could beat us outside of a World Cup game. I toured India in 1999, we won in Chennai, we lost in Delhi but we won in Kolkata again, we ODIs, we won in Sharjah,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “The bravery and capability you can understand through this. He brought that transformation into the Indian side. I’m a huge fan of Bengalis, they are, strong, courageous and they are the ones who fight at the forefront,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “When India came in Pakistan in 2004 under Ganguly’s leadership I got a feeling that this team can beat Pakistan and they did that,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I was accused of rape then. There was some other boy from the Pakistan team, who had a misunderstanding with a girl. Pakistan team management hid the boy's doing," External link

news18 Monday, June 8, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Rizvi ... has lost cases against me, Afridi, doping case ... everything. What he does is that he pits PCB against its players and profits off of their legal wrangles” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “Five weeks back, at the start of the holy month of Ramazan, the number of COVID-19 cases was only 12,500 and there were only 269 deaths in the country. Now the number of cases has reached 80,000 with 1,600 deaths. If this trend continues and no steps are taken to break the chain, we fear an exponential growth in the number of cases and deaths in the weeks to come while we are not prepared to deal with this catastrophe,” External link

thenews-pk Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sharjeel Khan ) : “The board has given cover to, saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan’,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Umar Akmal ) : “Umar Akmal can be banned for not reporting an approach but the legal department could not see that the PCB itself was making agreements that allowed a third party to make PSL matches available for gambling,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : "The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don't think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers," External link

business-standard Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I know some people wouldn't like to hear this but some owners are looking to sell their franchisees. I would be more than happy to provide financial and non-monetary support to keep the PSL alive and to thrive," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : “The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don’t think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "People used to say that Sachin and I used to compete against each other, but we never abused each other. I used to respect him as a great batsman and I used to look at him as a great competitor," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “A couple of batsmen would never speak to me. Sachin would never lose his focus by talking to me” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “Among Indians, Rahul Dravid is the most decorated batsman. If he won’t offer me a shot, I would not be able to penetrate his defence,” External link

expressindia Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “A couple of batsmen would never speak to me. Sachin would never lose his focus by talking to me” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "Honestly, I don't think I could ever get him (Inzamam) out, he had the time and I always felt he saw the ball a second earlier than the rest of the batsmen because I had a complicated action unlike Brett Lee, I felt I could never dismiss Inzamam-ul-Haq," External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket and they have quite successfully done that. For the last 10 years, I am openly saying that ICC successfully have finished the cricket purposely and I would say job well-done guys," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in the last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to)," External link

firstpost Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can't hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet," External link

firstpost Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to)," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "But yes, I would try to out-think him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can't hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli and I would have been the best of friends. We both are Punjabi, we both have quite a similar nature,” External link

india Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” External link

india Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” External link

india Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in the last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to)," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can't hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : “I am telling you the fact and the truth. Out of the seven to eight fast-bowlers, I was the least-quickest bowler in the world in the Pakistan attack at that time,” External link

tribune Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I wish Virat Kohli had played against the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shane Warne. Even Virat would have enjoyed himself," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar stated ( about Virat Kohli ) : "We would have been the best of friends. But on the field, we would have been the best of enemies. I would initially get into Virat Kohli's head. I would tell him that there's no way he can cut or pull me off my bowling," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "We are both Punjabis and he seems like a guy with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field but fierce enemies on-field," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I bowled him short initially when I should have bowled the ball that’s going away from him. After I figured him, he could not score much against me. I bowled him out on multiple occasions, including at the IPL and in Lahore in 2006" External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Virat Kohli and I would have been the best of friends as both of us are Punjabi, but on the field, we would have been the best of the enemies. I would have loved to get inside the head of Kohli. I would have told him that you cannot play a cut or pull shot against me," External link

irishsun Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I would also keep talking to him, because if I get him to lose his focus then that would have been great. The great thing about Kohli is that he gets more focused when he is challenged. But I believe Virat Kohli would have still scored the same amount of runs if I was playing," "I really wish that he had played against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, and then Virat would have also enjoyed the challenge," External link

irishsun Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I bowled him short initially when I should have bowled the ball that’s going away from him. After I figured him, he could not score much against me. I bowled him out on multiple occasions, including at the IPL and in Lahore in” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We are both Punjabis with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field and fierce enemies on-field,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “There has been a fall in the popularity of the game and ICC is to be blamed for it,” “I have been voicing for last 10 years to open the bouncers for fast bowlers. Till there is no rivalry like Sachin (Tendulkar) vs Shoaib, you won’t get following” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are both Punjabis with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field and fierce enemies on-field," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I bowled him short initially when I should have bowled the ball that's going away from him. After I figured him, he could not score much against me. I bowled him out on multiple occasions, including at the IPL and in Lahore in" External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "There has been a fall in the popularity of the game and ICC is to be blamed for it," "I have been voicing for last 10 years to open the bouncers for fast bowlers. Till there is no rivalry like Sachin (Tendulkar) vs Shoaib, you won't get following" External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : "Whatever I said on my channel was for betterment of Pakistan cricket and to point out to the Board where it needed to put things right. Whatever I said about Rizvi was based on my personal interaction with him," External link

firstpost Monday, May 25, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli and I would have been the best of friends. We both are Punjabi, we both have quite a similar nature” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “He seems like he has a lot of heart, and even though, he’s a lot junior to me, I really respect him,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran's book with regards to personality as well," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, May 22, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 22, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” “Please don’t speak about things which we already know from the past 10 years. We won’t buy this argument,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Babar Azam ) : “Babar has to sharpen up his communication skills, his personality, ability to lead from the front, fitness level etc. I think he has a lot to prove,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket. If he had to get the chance now, he may hit more than 1.30 lakh runs. So it's not good to make a comparison between Sachin and Kohli," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was special innings, he should have touched the century mark," "I wanted him to get a century. For that bouncer, I would have loved to see a sixer, as earlier he hit" External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” External link

tribune Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “The most disappointing match for me in my entire career was the 2003 World Cup match against India at Centurion. We had failed to defend a target of 274 despite having a very good bowling line-up,” “After the end of our innings, I told my teammates that we have probably scored 30-40 runs less. However, all the players in the team shouted at me saying if ‘273 is not enough then what is’. They said we will be able to get India all out. However, I knew that the pitch was a good one for batting and it will remain so in the second innings as well” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was a special inning; he should have touched the century mark. I wanted him to slam the ton. For that bouncer, I may have loved to see him hit a six, as he did it before,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was a special inning; he should have touched the century mark. I wanted him to slam the ton. For that bouncer, I may have loved to see him hit a six, as he did it before,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket. If he had to get the chance now, he may hit more than 1.30 lakh runs. So it’s not good to make a comparison between Sachin and Kohli” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "Playing cricket in the empty stadiums may be viable and durable for cricket boards. But I do not think we can market this. Playing cricket in an empty stadium is like marriage without a bride. We need crowds to play games. I hope the corona situation will be normalized within a year," External link

newindianexpress Monday, May 18, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was special innings, he should have touched the century mark," External link

newindianexpress Monday, May 18, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went looking for Harbhajan Singh in the hotel room to fight with him. He eats with us, roams around with us in Lahore, culture is similar to us, he is a Punjabi brother and yet he will misbehave with us? I thought I will go and fight with him in the hotel room. He knew that Shoaib was coming. But I couldn’t find him. I calmed down the next day and he had also apologised,” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went looking for Harbhajan Singh in the hotel room to fight with him. He eats with us, roams around with us in Lahore, culture is similar to us, he is a Punjabi brother and yet he will misbehave with us? I thought I will go and fight with him in the hotel room. He knew that Shoaib was coming. But I couldn’t find him. I calmed down the next day and he had also apologised,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote ( about William Hussey ) : "A symbolic tweet, how ICC has thrown neutrality out of the window. Basically this is how the state of affairs are run there :)," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote ( about William Hussey ) : "A symbolic tweet, how ICC has thrown neutrality out of the window. Basically this is how the state of affairs are run there :)," External link

news18 Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : "Whatever I said on my channel was for betterment off Pakistan cricket and to point out to the board where it needed to put things right. Whatever I said about Rizvi was based on my personal interaction with him," External link

business-standard Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Even today, 3 hurting bouncers and i can dismiss @stevesmith49 on the 4th ball. Lol," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Even today, 3 hurting bouncers and i can dismiss @stevesmith49 on the 4th ball. Lol," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “You have attempted to pitch and use the Bar Association in this essentially inter-party dispute, with ulterior motives. Keeping in mind your rich family legacy of successful lawyers, as claimed by you, had you been genuinely bothered about the welfare of the Bar, you would have contributed at least a couple of millions in donation to the Bar in these hard and testing times of Covid 19. As per the knowledge of My Client, so far, you have contributed not a single penny in Covid-19 relief fund of the District Bar Association, Lahore. Likewise, to the best of knowledge of My Client, no contribution has been made by you in the Lahore High Court Bar Association,” External link

tribune Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “Do you think I would let someone go if he says anything like that to me? We were sitting in Bangladesh during the 2011 World Cup. Gautam Gambhir was also there, go and ask him too. I held Sehwag and asked him, ‘did you say something like this on TV?’ He said no, he backtracked from his remarks. Gautam Gambhir was sitting alongside him. I told Sehwag ‘If I come to know that you have said something like this then I won’t spare you. You know I can be bitter at times’,” External link

dnaindia Monday, May 11, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar maintained : “For the last eight weeks, we have been fearing and predicting that COVID-19 cases will increase and [calling for] steps to be taken to slow down its spread as much as possible to reduce load on our health system. We feel that the cases are on the rise and there would be an exponential increase in the coronavirus cases in the coming days,” External link

thenews-pk Sunday, May 10, 2020 4:18:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : “I will definitely… My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:42:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it," External link

srilankamirror Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : “I will definitely... My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it” External link

gulf-times Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : "I will definitely... My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it" External link

dhakatribune Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : "I will definitely... My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it" External link

afp-en Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a God in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, the Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a God in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

india Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:04:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a God in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it," External link

business-standard Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:21:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Imran Khan ) : “If I pick a former fast bowler, I feel I would have been very fortunate if I would have bowled with Imran Khan with both of us at the peak of our bowling careers. If we would have bowled together we would have had the same mindset of attacking the stumps relentlessly. Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude” External link

dailytimesPK Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it,” External link

expressindia Monday, May 4, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

expressindia Monday, May 4, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it," External link

firstpost Monday, May 4, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : “I’ve received a notice from Tafazzul Rizvi which is based on lies & fabrications,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : “I have received a notice from Rizvi which is based on lies and fabrications,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Younus Khan ) : “Thank you Younus Khan for further substantiating my claim” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : “I have received a notice from Tafazzul Rizvi which is based on lies & fabrications. I’ve engaged Mr @SalmanKNiazi1 as my lawyer to send befitting legal reply on my behalf to said notice. I stand by my words regarding incompetence & unsatisfactory performance of Mr Rizvi,” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Why cannot you make match-fixing a criminal offence in Pakistan? You can give a jail term or seize the offenders' property, it will put fear in people, the PCB and their legal team are being incompetent, why there is no legislation to criminalise match-fixing," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, May 1, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Younis Khan ) : “Thank you Younis Khan for further substantiating my claim” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sharjeel Khan ) : “The board has given cover to saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan’,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 1, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “The PCB’s legal department is rotten to the core. Tafazzul Rizvi in particular is one such individual. He has deep connections and has been with the board for 10-15 years,” “The thing that angered me the most was when he dragged Shahid Afridi in courts. I believe that stars are born and must be respected, and these lawyers use our high-profile cases to earn fame. He is an idiot of the highest order and has lost cases against me, Afridi, doping case … everything. What he does is that he pits PCB against its players and profits off of their legal wrangles,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Hafeez ) : “I think Hafeez’s contributions for Pakistan are plenty. However, he does not get enough credit for his work. If you look at ODIs and T20s, he wasn’t used much in Tests, whenever Pakistan used to get into a tight corner they called on Hafeez to step up. This was true particularly in terms of bowling,” External link

tribune Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Why cannot you make match-fixing a criminal offence in Pakistan? You can give a jail term or seize the offenders' property, it will put fear in people, the PCB and their legal team are being incompetent, why there is no legislation to criminalise match-fixing," External link

business-standard Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sharjeel Khan ) : “The board has given cover to, saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan’,” External link

dailytimesPK Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Umar Akmal does something every 6 months that he gets caught. He keeps on getting caught in something or the other and he keeps on doing wrong things. In 8-10 years if Virat Kohli has scored 30-40 centuries and Umar has scored just 3 then it is only his fault. He has ruined his own career,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "The PCB's legal department is rotten to the core. Tafazzul Rizvi in particular is one such individual. He has deep connections and has been with the board for 10-15 years," "The thing that angered me the most was when he dragged Shahid Afridi in courts. I believe that stars are born and must be respected, and these lawyers use our high-profile cases to earn fame" External link

tribune Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Imran Nazir ) : “But Imran didn’t have his brain and was also let down by the country’s cricket administration” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : ”I don’t think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don’t think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little,” “When he hit a brutal hundred against India in a side match, I asked them to play Imran Nazir consistently but they didn’t listen,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “It is unfortunate that we do not know how to take care of our brands. We could have had a player better than Virender Sehwag in Imran Nazir. He had all the shots while also being a good fielder. We could have utilised him brilliantly but we just couldn’t,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I don't think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don't think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 10:04:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : “I don’t think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don’t think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little,” “When he hit a brutal hundred against India in a match, I asked them to play Imran Nazir consistently but they didn’t listen” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I always told Shahid Afridi that you are much better Test player as compared to ODIs,” External link

tribune Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "I don't think that one can apply saliva on the ball now, we as bowlers apply saliva on the ball to make the ball shinier. The ball goes in the hands of everyone on the park. I saw a report of the ICC which said bowlers would not be able to apply saliva on the ball," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Kapil Dev ) : “I don’t think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. I’m talking about the larger perspective, about economic reforms. The global audience would be hooked by one single match, it will generate revenues. Kapil said he doesn’t need the money and he surely doesn’t. But everyone else does. I think this suggestion will come into consideration soon,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "I don't think that one can apply saliva on the ball now, we as bowlers apply saliva on the ball to make the ball shinier. The ball goes in the hands of everyone on the park. I saw a report of the ICC which said bowlers would not be able to apply saliva on the ball," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 24, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : "A very happy birthday to @sachin_rt . Arguably the best batsman in the history of the game. Its a pleasure to have known you, playing with you & against you. The battles against you on the ground are a treasure of my playing days. #HappyBirthdaySachin #SachinTendulkar" External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 24, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Mohammad Amir an exceptional talent, very clever. He is a genuine fast-bowler. I think he was a very intimidating bowler and a rising star. He had all of these qualities in the start. The sad part was that we saw all of that talent being wasted. But when I saw him I thought that I had seen such a clever fast-bowler after a very long time,” External link

tribune Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Wasim Akram ) : "I was watching few matches of the 1990s and I was amazed to see how Wasim Akram got Pakistan through impossible situations with his brilliant bowling," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, April 23, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sami’s aggression with the old ball made him very deceptive and enabled him to hit the batsmen’s pads in front of the stumps 99 per cent of the time,” “This was a quality, after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sami had. I, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif did not have that ability” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If you ask me honestly as what will happen of cricket world. Currently I don’t know how long this outbreak will last. [But] until it is not confirmed how many people are infected [by the virus] it’ll not be possible to hold any event,” External link

pakobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:21:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If you ask me honestly, I don’t know for how long the coronavirus outbreak will last, until and unless it is not known that how many people are infected, one cannot go ahead with any kind of cricket anywhere,” External link

dailytimesPK Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:19:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “He even let me bowl from my preferred bowling end even though he had a lot more wickets that I did,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar concluded : “After watching these old matches, I called him and apologised to for not truly appreciating his greatness while playing with him,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If you ask me honestly as what will happen of cricket world. Currently I don’t know how long this outbreak will last. [But] until it is not confirmed how many people are infected [by the virus] it’ll not be possible to hold any event,” External link

app-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar proposed : "I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoaib Akhtar's superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!" External link

news-yahoo-in Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If you ask me honestly, I don't know for how long the coronavirus outbreak will last, until and unless it is not known that how many people are infected, one cannot go ahead with any kind of cricket anywhere," External link

news18 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I was watching few matches of the 1990s and I was amazed to see how Wasim Akram got Pakistan through impossible situations with his brilliant bowling,” “I will say it very clearly that if Wasim Akram had asked me to do match-fixing, I would have destroyed him or even kill him. But he never said such a thing to me” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I raised this issue during a board meeting 10-11 years ago but I won’t name who was present during that discussion,” External link

tribune Monday, April 20, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar proposed : "I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoiab Akhtar's superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!" External link

khaleejtimes Monday, April 20, 2020 2:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar proposed : "I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoaib Akhtar's superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!" External link

news18 Monday, April 20, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I’ve got to be thankful to you. Had it not for you Freddie! My career would have long gone. (Because in) that was the series against England, if you wouldn’t have treated me, I’m not going to say badly. But you just motivated me enough to get back into the side,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “We thoroughly enjoyed playing against you,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I had a good time bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. But I dismissed him 12-13 times as well," External link

dnaindia Friday, April 17, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “Sachin has been a very, very close friend of mine, he’s a tremendous guy, very humble. He’s been the greatest batsman, but I might have dismissed him 12-13 times in matches,” External link

expressindia Friday, April 17, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Indians only remember that one six which he hit me in Centurion [during the 2003 ICC World Cup] as it makes them really happy. If I had known that one six makes 1.3 billion people happy, then I would have let him hit me for a six every day,” External link

india Friday, April 17, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar written : “We bounced the ball at him and were able to unnerve him. I returned to the dressing room that first day with the knowledge that Sachin was not comfortable facing fast and rising ball. He was distinctly uncomfortable against me. That was enough to build on,” “I bowled (Sachin) a particularly fast ball which he, to my amazement didn’t even touch. He walked away! That was the first time, I saw him walk away from me — that, too, on the slow track at Faisalabad. It got my hunting instincts up and in the next match I hit him on the head and he couldn’t score after that” External link

india Friday, April 17, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I had a good time bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. But I dismissed him 12-13 times as well,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 17, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Matthew Hayden ) : “I got into a fight with Matthew Hayden. First game of World Cup. We lost it, I completely lost it. Me and Matthew Hayden never got on really well,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Well Sunny bhai, we did have a snowfall in Lahore last year. So nothing is impossible," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We learned about Flintoff through Wasim Akram, when he was playing for Manchester as he was talking about this young kid, who was highly talented and the next Ian Botham of England. We were very curious to know who that kid is,” “I finally saw him in Sharjah, in 1998 I think, where he hit Saqlain [Mushtaq] for massive sixes which scared me. We realised that this guy is powerful and multi-talented” External link

tribune Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Well Sunny bhai, we did have a snowfall in Lahore last year.. So nothing is impossible," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:27:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Only Ricky Ponting could have played it like this. He was the bravest. Justin Langer definitely wanted to stay at non striker end. Lol” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 15, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “If I was bowling, I would go wider of the crease and pitch the ball up [to Kohli] and shape it away from him in order to make him drive,” “If that does not work, I will bowl him at 150 [kph] and he will get out” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “People used to get under my skin badly at times. I have faced many problems with the management, with the batsmen. Having said all of that Freddie, I’ve got to be thankful to you. Had it not for you, my career would have long gone,” “In that series against England, if you wouldn’t have treated me, I’m not going to say badly, but you motivated me enough to get back into the side” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," "If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field. You are bound to get massive viewership for the games. For the first time, both countries will play for each other. And whatever funds are generated through this can be donated equally to the government of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic" External link

tribune Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," "If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 WC) as I wasn't into the game 100 per cent. So why drag?" External link

khaleejtimes Monday, April 13, 2020 1:47:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say," External link

news18 Monday, April 13, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don’t think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues" External link

dnaindia Monday, April 13, 2020 7:14:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don’t believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 13, 2020 6:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. " External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:22:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. " External link

firstpost Sunday, April 12, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. " External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,” “If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 WC) as I wasn’t into the game 100 per cent. So why drag?” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,” External link

expressindia Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer,” External link

expressindia Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," External link

firstpost Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer," External link

firstpost Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer," External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say," External link

khaleejtimes Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Imran Khan ) : “I had said that I know India more than even Imran Khan himself. I have traveled to many areas and interacted with many people there. I keep telling people here what Indians are all about. Our countries have a lot of poverty. I am saddened when people are suffering. As a human and as a Muslim, it is my responsibility to help as much as I can,” External link

tribune Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

news18 Friday, April 10, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," External link

tribune Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

dnaindia Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I am just thinking out of the box, this can be a breakthrough moment for both India and Pakistan, these two countries can help in generating a great amount of funds. Both sides will play for humanity. These matches can become the most viewed matches in the history of cricket," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I saw what happened with Yuvraj and Harbhajan as they advocated for Shahid Afridi Foundation. I just could not understand this. We as people need to come forward and think above political difference," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever. But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide),” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “It was inhuman to criticise them. It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” “If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “It was inhuman to criticise them (Yuvraj and Harbhajan). It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three match-series in which, for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," External link

tribune Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," "If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:13:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Hafeez is absolutely right about Arthur having likes and dislikes for certain players. However, Arthur saying that Hafeez wasn’t fully committed to Pakistan is a wrong statement,” “Hafeez has been playing for Pakistan for 15 years and Arthur came to Pakistan for only 15 to 25 months and you have called him a traitor. What right does he have to say that Hafeez is not committed to his country? It takes a lot of hard work and struggles to play 15 years for Pakistan. How can you question those 15 years of commitment through just one statement? Arthur wasn’t some legend or a high performance coach, he was just ok. He was a good manager. He spent two years of his coaching with Pakistan very cleverly and one year on the back of Champions Trophy win. Don’t come here and tell me that I am not committed to my country,” External link

dailytimesPK Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : “When Rohit is on song then he doesn’t care whether the ball is good or bad because he has so much of time, he has so much of elegance when he plays the shots. It (batting) comes very easy and naturally to him,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “You saw his ruthlessness today. Usne maar maar k bharta nikal dia. He hit Mitchell Starc, he went after Cummins. The cut shot that he hit reminded me of Tendulkar’s six,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "This coronavirus pandemic is going to leave more people bankrupt than dead" External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If we have to fight coronavirus, we ought to keep our lungs in good shape,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw 4 guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don't believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside," "I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don't believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside," "I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them," External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don't believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside," "I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw 4 guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don’t believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT



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Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : ”I don’t like saying this but it is a fact. Look I don’t want a job and I don’t need a salary. People want jobs and they come for salaries but I don’t need the money.For Akhtar the motivation is to build a pool of world class players who will serve Pakistan cricket for long time. “I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure.” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Monty Panesar told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I think (when) Dhoni came into (the) reckoning was actually his hundred against Pakistan, when he was pulling Shoaib Akhtar for fours and sixes. We all were sitting and wondering - 'Oh, how is he doing that?' And then I remember bowling to him in Kolkata where he hit me for a six out of nowhere. It just went miles. Dhoni's six hitting ability is almost 20 meters further than the normal batsman. I think I always found MSD very calm, collected and he always seemed like life was going at a slow pace for him. It was like nothing was bothering him. It was his calm demeanor that was his strength. Not a lot of cricketers have this quality, but he had it throughout his whole career. I think that's what makes him such a great, great leader,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Ashish Nehra concluded ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Shoaib Akhtar is a great friend, no doubt about it. Whenever we’re in England and even till today. After 3-4 months, we message each other and a banter is going on,” External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Someone like Akhtar for example, I’d call him ‘B-grade actor’ for a start, which used to get under his skin a bit,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 10, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I go right, how can I get Shoaib looking like an absolute goose and how can I tell Venkat about this? Now India and Pakistan, there’s no love lost there, so I though that’s my point (of leverage),” External link

expressindia Monday, August 10, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I think the only way that Shoaib is going to get me out here, is bowled — because Venkat’s definitely not going to give me LBW and I’m not going to get caught behind because this thing (the pitch) was an absolute Bunsen burner. It wasn’t bouncing more than a centimetre,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 10, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Someone like Akhtar for example, I'd call him 'B-grade actor' for a start, which used to get under his skin a bit," External link

news18 Monday, August 10, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "I go right, how can I get Shoaib looking like an absolute goose and how can I tell Venkat about this? Now India and Pakistan, there's no love lost there, so I though that's my point (of leverage)," External link

news18 Monday, August 10, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “The remarks given by Shoaib Akhtar has affected by goodwill. He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Irfan Pathan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “When I was coming out to bat, Akhtar was bowling at a rapid pace of 150-160 kph. I went down and joined Dhoni and asked how’s the pitch is behaving, he responded by saying, ‘nothing much, you just bat’,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Irfan Pathan told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “When I was coming out to bat, Akhtar was bowling at a rapid pace of 150-160 kph. I went down and joined Dhoni and asked how’s the pitch is behaving, he responded by saying, ‘nothing much, you just bat’,” External link

expressindia Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "I am not satisfied with the reply we have received from Shoaib Akhtar's legal counsel and we will be taking him to court," External link

firstpost Monday, May 25, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Suresh Raina said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Bhajju paa was a fighter. I remember he had some argument with Shoaib Akhtar but then hit a six to win the match for us,” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Suresh Raina said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Bhajju paa was a fighter. I remember he had some argument with Shoaib Akhtar but then hit a six to win the match for us,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Khalid Mahmood mentioned ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I have found it hard to make people believe that I couldn’t spot Shoaib’s first delivery,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Tamim Iqbal said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I always say this. I have played a lot of fast bowlers. I have also faced a lot of balls around 150 kmph/hour. But I got scared only once. When I first played Shoaib Akhtar. That day I thought he would kill me. His bowling was so terrible,” External link

tribune Monday, May 11, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Khalid Mahmood mentioned ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I have found it hard to make people believe that I couldn’t spot Shoaib’s first delivery,” External link

app-en Monday, May 11, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Tamim Iqbal recalled ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "I always say this, I have played many fast bowlers, and played bowlers bowling at 150 km per hour but there was only one time that I was scared when I went out to bat, it was when I faced Shoaib Akhter for the first time. That day I felt like he would kill me," External link

thedailystarBD Monday, May 11, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “The remarks given by Shoaib Akhtar has affected my goodwill. He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Younus Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for Pakistan Cricket Board to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and its players. I stand by with Shoaib Akhtar," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, May 1, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Younis Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for the PCB to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket and its players. I stand by with #ShoaibAkhtar,” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Younus Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for Pakistan Cricket Board to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and its players. I stand by with Shoaib Akhtar,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 1, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Younus Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for the PCB to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket and its players. I stand by with #ShoaibAkhtar,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “The remarks given by Shoaib Akhtar has affected my goodwill. He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” External link

pakobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:30:00 AM EAT

Asad Shafiq said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I would have not scored centuries in Australia, South Africa and England if I was not courageous enough. I don’t think I have to justify myself to anyone in this regard,” “This is his [Akhtar] opinion but I think one should check the records before forming an opinion” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Brett Lee says ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "My nickname is 'Binga' and I suddenly hear 'Binga, Binga'. I look up, and there's Shoaib, about 75 metres back. He goes 'I'm going to kill you'," External link

news18 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Brett Lee says ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “My nickname is ‘Binga’ and I suddenly hear ‘Binga, Binga’. I look up, and there’s Shoaib, about 75 metres back. He goes ‘I’m going to kill you’,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Wasim Akram said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I’m not able to bowl; I won’t bowl. We had never heard of such a thing. A bowler refusing to bowl after getting hit for fours and sixes. After that six, Shoaib’s confidence in that match had shattered,” External link

india Friday, April 17, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Shahid Afridi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Shoaib Akhtar said something positive for the sake of humanity" External link

dnaindia Tuesday, April 14, 2020 7:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Flintoff said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Listen to this, I got feelings. He (Shoaib) kept having a go at me. He kept calling me ‘fat'. Fat this, fat that. I am not having this, I am thinking I am going to nip this in the b***. So, as I walked in, I said, Shoaib, it's all right, you look like Tarzan, but you bowl like Jane," "It haunted me straight away. I walked out to bat, I think 1st or 2nd ball, my off-stump was cart-wheeling back as he knocked it over. Then, as I walked off, he gave me a big ‘OOOHHHH'" External link

news18 Friday, April 10, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Flintoff said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Listen to this, I got feelings. He (Shoaib) kept having a go at me. He kept calling me 'fat'. Fat this, fat that. I am not having this, I am thinking I am going to nip this in the b***. So, as I walked in, I said, Shoaib, it's all right, you look like Tarzan, but you bowl like Jane," "It haunted me straight away. I walked out to bat, I think 1st or 2nd ball, my off-stump was cart-wheeling back as he knocked it over. Then, as I walked off, he gave me a big 'OOOHHHH'" External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Rajiv Shukla said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Shoaib Akhtar is a jolly and moody man everyone knows it. Time by time he keeps giving such suggestions and ideas. At this stage, if he is talking about a cricket match between India and Pakistan to raise funds to help both the countries. So, I feel it is a matter of fun. We are not even able to organize IPL, who will come to watch that match who will allow players to come and play?” External link

tribune Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Rajiv Shukla told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Shoaib Akhtar is a jolly and moody man everyone knows it. Time by time he keeps giving such suggestions and ideas. At this stage, if he is talking about a cricket match between India and Pakistan to raise funds to help both the countries. So, I feel it is a matter of fun. We are not even able to organise IPL, who will come to watch that match who will allow players to come and play," External link

dnaindia Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rajiv Shukla told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Shoaib Akhtar is a jolly and moody man everyone knows it. From time to time he keeps giving such suggestions and ideas. At this stage, if he is talking about a cricket match between India and Pakistan to raise funds to help both the countries. So, I feel it is a matter of fun. We are not even able to organise IPL, who will come to watch that match who will allow players to come and play,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Madan Lal told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “It’s for the government to decide, not Shoaib Akhtar (decision on bilateral series between India and Pakistan). It depends on government to government. They take all such decisions,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Mohammad Kaif wrote ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “But junior isn’t too impressed with Papa, says hitting Shoaib Akhtar must be easy since there is pace in his bowling. Kids today I tell you...phew!” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

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Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010-2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the ‘circle’; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” External link

india Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar argued : “I criticise India as well. But if Virat Kohli has 12,000 runs, what else you can say. Rohit Sharma has two [three] double centuries in one-day cricket, what can you say? The opponent’s qualities should be known to us. Kohli has become the greatest batsman. What can you say? Should I say: he is a bad person or he is not a good player?” External link

india Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010, 2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the circle; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” External link

news18 Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “It’s not his fault that he’s playing in an era of easy cricket, or if Sachin played in a tougher era or Wasim, Waqar and Inzamam have player a much more competitive brand of cricket. So if he’s scoring runs, what we can say about it?” External link

news18 Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I criticize India as well. But if Virat Kohli has 12,000 runs, what else you can say, Rohit Sharma has two double centuries in One Day cricket, what can you say. The enemy’s qualities should be known among us. Kohli has become the greatest batsman, what can you say, should I say he is a bad person or he is not a good player,” External link

news18 Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010, 2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the circle; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “It’s not his fault that he’s playing in an era of easy cricket, or if Sachin played in a tougher era or Wasim, Waqar and Inzamam have player a much more competitive brand of cricket. So if he’s scoring runs, what we can say about it?” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I criticize India as well. But if Virat Kohli has 12,000 runs, what else you can say, Rohit Sharma has two double centuries in One Day cricket, what can you say. The enemy’s qualities should be known among us. Kohli has become the greatest batsman, what can you say, should I say he is a bad person or he is not a good player,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, September 11, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

news18 Friday, September 11, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I live a very comfortable life. I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB. I am not afraid to give others advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” External link

news18 Friday, September 11, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises. I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure,” External link

dnaindia Friday, September 11, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “This mindset had to be changed. I believe that If had been with the team there was no way we would have lost the first test to England after reducing them to top 117 for five? Aggression is necessary in top cricket. I have always believed in making tough decisions and people will back you,” External link

dnaindia Friday, September 11, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things. Playing around here and there is probably Misbah but this is not me. I am not like that. Whatever has happened, now that you are there, you need to say with confidence that you are there now, you will see how to set things right,” External link

dnaindia Friday, September 11, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

expressindia Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I live a very comfortable life?I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” External link

expressindia Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I live a very comfortable life…I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB. I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I live a very comfortable lifeI played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : ”I don’t like saying this but it is a fact. Look I don’t want a job and I don’t need a salary. People want jobs and they come for salaries but I don’t need the money.For Akhtar the motivation is to build a pool of world class players who will serve Pakistan cricket for long time. “I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure.” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things. Playing around here and there is probably Misbah but this is not me. I am not like that. Whatever has happened, now that you are there, you need to say with confidence that you are there now, you will see how to set things right,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things,” External link

news18 Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “We have invested 18 years on the likes of Hafeez and Malik and utmost pressure should be put on them ahead of the T20 World Cup. We should tell these guys that if you don’t perform, we will hold you responsible for last 18 years,” External link

expressindia Saturday, September 5, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?" "This is very strange. We all can see clearly he is the biggest batsmen in the world. He and Rohit Sharma are performing all the time. Why shouldn't we praise them?" External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, September 4, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar asked ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, who comes close to Kohli?” External link

expressindia Friday, September 4, 2020 6:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Our mindset changed by bringing average people to the top… we brought average people to be the captain of the team. Look at who India got — they made Virat Kohli the captain, an aggressive player. Who did we bring?” External link

expressindia Friday, September 4, 2020 6:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I don’t know why people are angry, they should go look at the stats first before criticising me. Do they want to keep the hatred in mind, that just because he is an Indian, we will not praise him?” External link

news18 Friday, September 4, 2020 6:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Why do you always try to find faults, why don’t you try and be like them. There was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan. Now, Pakistan want to be like Indians,” External link

news18 Friday, September 4, 2020 6:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Our mindset was made to change by bringing average people on the top. They brought average people to be the captain of the team. Look at what India got - they made Virat Kohli the captain, an aggressive player. Who did we bring?” External link

news18 Friday, September 4, 2020 6:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I don’t know why people are angry, they should go look at the stats first before criticising me. Do they want to keep the hatred in mind, that just because he is an Indian, we will not praise him?” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 4, 2020 5:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Why do you always try to find faults, why don’t you try and be like them. There was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan. Now, Pakistan want to be like Indians,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 4, 2020 5:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Our mindset was made to change by bringing average people on the top. They brought average people to be the captain of the team. Look at what India got - they made Virat Kohli the captain, an aggressive player. Who did we bring?” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 4, 2020 5:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?" External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?" External link

timesofindia Thursday, September 3, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Haider is at par or even better than Babar in white-ball cricket because he has the talent,” External link

dailytimesPK Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar asked ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, which comes close to Kohli?” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundreds right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : "Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times. Babar will need to understand that the chances coming his way are not going to happen for the rest of his life so, he needs to make the most out of it," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : "Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important for him to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times," External link

khaleejtimes Monday, August 31, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : “Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 31, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar concluded : “Pakistan team are playing in a bio ‘insecure’ bubble, where each player is insecure. No one has an idea about whether they want to become a good captain or a good brand. Confused selection, confused management, confused captain, confused team, and confusion of everything. Teams are not made like this. So go with a set plan and go with one plan,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 31, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar remarked ( about Babar Azam ) : “He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times. Babar will need to understand that the chances coming his way are not going to happen for the rest of his life so, he needs to make the most out of it,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 31, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : "Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important for him to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times," External link

news18 Monday, August 31, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I have seen the attitude of aggressive bowlers, they have the intent of taking wickets. I do not know what is being taught to the current bowlers of Pakistan. There is no method, Naseem Shah keeps on bowling at just one area, there are no slower balls or bouncers," External link

news18 Monday, August 24, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "I don't know why there is a lack of aggression, we are not net bowlers, we are playing Test matches," External link

news18 Monday, August 24, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Our players do not understand that when you do not have the right mindset, you would not succeed. Pakistan looked like a very ordinary team, the way we are playing, it is looking like we will face our biggest defeat on foreign soil since 2006," External link

news18 Monday, August 24, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : “There were many who told me not to hit them. Muralitharan was one. Many Indian tailenders would tell me ‘don’t hit us, we have families’. Muralitharan would ask me to bowl slow, and he would get out. Yousuf would ask me to hit him. He would say ‘break his fingers I can’t play his spin’. I bowled Muralitharan a few bouncers but he said ‘don’t do this to me I will die if the ball hits me’,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 21, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Bumrah has a difficult action. He cannot play in all formats. It is his braveness that he showed his skills in Test matches. He is a very hard working guy and is very focused. He knows where he wants to go. But will his back support him?,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 21, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Muttiah Muralitharan ) : “There were many who told me not to hit them. Muralitharan was one. Many Indian tailenders would tell me ‘don’t hit us, we have families’. Muralitharan would ask me to bowl slow, and he would get out” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 21, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Yousuf would ask me to hit him. He would say ‘break his fingers I can’t play his spin’. I bowled Muralitharan a few bouncers but he said ‘don’t do this to me I will die if the ball hits me’,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 21, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "He (Dhoni) still is not done. He is still going to play IPL for at least two more years. You never know, the Prime Minister may call him and request him to play the T20 World Cup. That is also possible," External link

news18 Thursday, August 20, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar recalled : “He fell on the wickets, got out and was in a lot of pain. So yeah, every time I hit someone I felt bad,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I think he (Dhoni) could have gone on to play the T20 World Cup. The way India supports its stars, the way they love them, and recognises them, they would have played him in T20s. But it was his personal choice," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I think he could have gone on to play the T20 World Cup. The way India supports its stars, the way they love them, and recognizes them, they would have played him in T20s. But it was his personal choice,” “But again he has won everything, a person from Ranchi has rocked the whole of India, what else do you need. At the end of the day, the world should remember you. And a nation like India, they will never let you get forgotten” External link

expressindia Tuesday, August 18, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : “A man, an era, a person who changed the way the sport was played. We call him Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” External link

india Sunday, August 16, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "the story of cricket will never be complete without him" External link

business-standard Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from international cricket. The story of cricket will never be complete without him. Video tribute coming up shortly. What a legend! #DhoniRetires #mahendrasinghdhoni," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:20:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Shan Masood was unlucky but he had already played his part. Asad Shafiq got run out, it is again his fault. But Babar Azam has to come out with something good, because you cannot create a name like this. You might be a good player, but you have to establish yourself as a match-winner," External link

news18 Monday, August 10, 2020 10:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Babar Azam ) : “If you are not able to capitalise on a 107-run lead, however big a batsman you may be, you are of no use. Babar Azam has to come out with something good, because you can’t make a name for yourself like this. You are a good player but you got to establish yourself as a match-winner,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Monday, August 10, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Rahul Dravid ) : "Dravid was a difficult and determined batsman. It was difficult for me as well as him. He would play me quite easily," External link

dnaindia Monday, August 10, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar recalled : "There was a final match in Bangalore, I had dismissed Sadagoppan Ramesh early, we took 3-4 wickets early. Sachin Tendulkar was not playing. Shahid Afridi and I said Rahul Dravid will take a lot of time and it's Friday night today. Afridi said bowl something and take his wicket else he will play for long," "I hit him directly on the pad and urged the umpire to raise his fingers. I even said it's our Friday night. He did not give the decision in our favour but we had won in the end" External link

dnaindia Monday, August 10, 2020 4:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Shan Masood was unlucky but he had already played his part. Asad Shafiq got run out, it is again his fault. But Babar Azam has to come out with something good because you cannot create a name like this. You might be a good player, but you have to establish yourself as a match-winner,” “If lead had not been there, then we were dismissed for just 150-175. You have to think what you have to do as a batsman, this is really disappointing,” External link

expressindia Sunday, August 9, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "Bumrah has a difficult action. He cannot play in all formats," External link

dnaindia Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "It is his braveness that he showed his skills in Test matches. He is a very hard working guy and is very focused. He knows where he wants to go. But will his back support him?" External link

dnaindia Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I think I had bowled an 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him," External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:38:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him," External link

dnaindia Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him,” External link

expressindia Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I apologised to Dhoni for hitting him with a beamer deliberately. This was the first time I bowled a beamer deliberately. I think I shouldn't have done it," External link

news18 Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I heard Sachin was the god. I said this is a god? Iss ki khairiyat nahi. He didn’t recognize me, and I didn’t recognize him. He was in his own attitude and I was in my attitude. But I wanted to get him out on the first ball and that happened,” External link

news18 Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You have made him carry the shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

dailytimesPK Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar explained ( about Mickey Arthur ) : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have led Pakistan in the same way like he carried shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 7, 2020 3:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

expressindia Friday, August 7, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You made him carry shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 7, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar explained : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have led Pakistan in the same way as he carried shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

dnaindia Friday, August 7, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

news18 Friday, August 7, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You made him carry shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 7, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar explained : “This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have led Pakistan in the same way like he carried shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 7, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

business-standard Friday, August 7, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

dnaindia Friday, August 7, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army," External link

irishsun Friday, August 7, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Breaking the 100mph barrier wasn't a big deal to me. It was just media hype, an international cricket gimmick. I wasn't getting paid for this -- to break my bones trying to bowl that fast," External link

business-standard Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I don’t wrestle, it’s my way of showing my affection to other people and I basically crossed the line. When I like someone, I throw them," External link

news18 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Younis Khan has wrongly been made batting coach, he should be training players in the National Academy with Mohammad Yousuf as the Pakistan batting coach,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "People hardly know about this story. I had a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002, I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened," External link

business-standard Monday, August 3, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "People hardly know about this story. I had a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002, I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened," External link

khaleejtimes Monday, August 3, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I heard Sachin was the god. I said this is a god? Iss ki khairiyat nahi. He didn't recognise me, and I didn't recognize him. He was in his own attitude and I was in my attitude. But I wanted to get him out on the first ball and that happened" External link

news-yahoo-in Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel. The story has been made up" External link

news-yahoo-in Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel. The story has been made up,” External link

expressindia Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Younis Khan has wrongly been made batting coach, he should be training players in the National Academy with Mohammad Yousuf as the Pakistan batting coach," External link

khaleejtimes Sunday, August 2, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar responded : “Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel,” External link

india Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "That we don't know. They have announced a 20-member squad. In that twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in," External link

news18 Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "That we don't know. They have announced a 20-member squad. In that twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “They have announced a 20-member squad. In those twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don't want to get into that," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won't let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?" External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "They (BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don’t want to get into that,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar asked : “You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They (the BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic?” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” External link

timesofindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons behind this. I don't want to get into that," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said earlier that they won't let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?" External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "They (BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?" "You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They (BCCI) said to end the series and they (Australian Board) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic," External link

dnaindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:41:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They [BCCI] said to end the series and they [Australian Board] said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic,” External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” External link

news18 Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, at times someone calls another person a monkey but gets saved, the talk goes to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. They [BCCI] said to end the series and they [Australian Board] said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds, did you not get the sounds on the mic,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : “Get well soon Amit Ji @SrBachchan Prayers for a speedy recovery,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, July 13, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want to see players' (COVID-19) test negative but want their mindset to be positive. Pakistan needs to play really good cricket," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, July 3, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want to see players' (Covid-19) test negative but want their mindset to be positive. Pakistan needs to play really good cricket," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I pray to god that Pakistan won't try to just draw the series there. In the past, we could have won many games in England but I feel the mindset of the batsmen just wasn't there," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni`s film,” External link

dailytimesPK Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:20:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "It left me very disturbed. I felt very sad about the incident. One thing about it is bothering me. I met him ( Sushant ) in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. A boy was approaching with long hair and his hat askew. I did not feel a lot of confidence when somebody told me he would be portraying the role of MS Dhoni in a biopic. I thought I will have to watch his acting now. He has come from a humble background, and he is making a good film. The film did turn out to be successful. But one thing that bothered me was that I should have accosted him and shared my life experiences with him. This may have given him a broader spectrum in life. I regret not talking to him," External link

ibtimes-in Monday, June 29, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni's film," External link

newindianexpress Monday, June 29, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Deepika Padukone ) : "Ending your life should never be an option. Setbacks are an asset in life but when you know you have problems you should discuss it. Deepika Padukone reached out after her break up that she was suffering from anxiety and needed help. I think Sushant also needed help," External link

newindianexpress Monday, June 29, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni’s film," External link

dnaindia Monday, June 29, 2020 5:58:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Hafeez ) : “My advice to Hafeez was that if you wanted to do a retest, you could have done it for your satisfaction and for your family. However, he should have not published his test results on Twitter. Instead, he should have confronted the board privately. But he didn’t, which was a mistake. You don’t mess with the board that is selecting you. If you mess with them, then it will have consequences,” External link

dailytimesPK Monday, June 29, 2020 12:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "PCB showed a bit of mismanagement, we just started doing random testing of players, now players have tested positive for coronavirus, the worst-hit area due to coronavirus is maybe Lahore, then it is Karachi. I am sure that if you keep on testing, you will get more and more positive results," External link

dnaindia Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I met him in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down. A friend told me that he is doing MS Dhoni’s film,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “When I came into the side there was Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis who were like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh only So I had to really put in the hard yards to make a name for myself,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Ending your life should never be an option. Setbacks are an asset in life but when you know you have problems you should discuss it. I think Sushant also needed help,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I met him in Olive in Mumbai when I was about to leave India in 2016. To be honest, he did not look very confident to me. He went past me with his head down when my friend told me he is doing MS Dhoni's film," External link

news18 Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Hafeez ) : “My advice to Hafeez was that if you wanted to do a retest, you could have done it for your satisfaction and for your family. However, he should have not published his [test results] on Twitter. Instead, he should have confronted the board privately. But he didn’t, which was a mistake. You don’t mess with the board that is selecting you. If you mess with them, then it will have consequences,” External link

tribune Sunday, June 28, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "All our school buses are parked and not used for any other purposes. We maintain and disinfect the buses regularly - at least once a month, to ensure they are safe and in good condition as we wait to see if schools will reopen when the new academic year begins," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : “Really appreciate your decision Wahab Riaz to make yourself available for Test cricket. Keeping Pakistan first. You will do well in English conditions InshAllah,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Although this should have been done earlier by the authorities, it can still be done. People are calling doctors whom they know personally but if they have a helpline where trained and qualified doctors were available, it would be a great relief for thousands of patients who don’t know any physician personally,” External link

thenews-pk Monday, June 15, 2020 4:22:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman I ever bowled to, the only opener who could face me with the new ball,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “He knew he didn’t have the shots, I also targeted him by bowling at his chest but he never backed away, and still scored runs. That is what I call bravery,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “When India came in Pakistan in 2004 under Ganguly’s leadership I got a feeling that this team can beat Pakistan and they did that,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

expressindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman I ever bowled to, the only opener who could face me with the new ball," External link

timesofindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven't produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he's a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job," External link

timesofindia Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman, the only opener who could face me with the new ball,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “He knew, he didn’t have the shots, I also targeted him by bowling at his chest but he never backed away, and still scored runs that are what I call bravery,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

india Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar recalled ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “I never thought India could beat us outside of a World Cup game. I toured India in 1999, we won in Chennai, we lost in Delhi but we won in Kolkata again, we won in Sharjah,” “When India came in Pakistan in 2004 under Ganguly’s leadership I got a feeling that this team can beat Pakistan and they did that” External link

india Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “If I talk about India, then it will be Sourav Ganguly. India haven’t produced a better captain than him. Dhoni is very good, he’s a superb captain but when you talk about team building then Ganguly did a great job,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Kolkata Knight ) : “I never thought India could beat us outside of a World Cup game. I toured India in 1999, we won in Chennai, we lost in Delhi but we won in Kolkata again, we ODIs, we won in Sharjah,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “The bravery and capability you can understand through this. He brought that transformation into the Indian side. I’m a huge fan of Bengalis, they are, strong, courageous and they are the ones who fight at the forefront,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “When India came in Pakistan in 2004 under Ganguly’s leadership I got a feeling that this team can beat Pakistan and they did that,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I was accused of rape then. There was some other boy from the Pakistan team, who had a misunderstanding with a girl. Pakistan team management hid the boy's doing," External link

news18 Monday, June 8, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Rizvi ... has lost cases against me, Afridi, doping case ... everything. What he does is that he pits PCB against its players and profits off of their legal wrangles” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “Five weeks back, at the start of the holy month of Ramazan, the number of COVID-19 cases was only 12,500 and there were only 269 deaths in the country. Now the number of cases has reached 80,000 with 1,600 deaths. If this trend continues and no steps are taken to break the chain, we fear an exponential growth in the number of cases and deaths in the weeks to come while we are not prepared to deal with this catastrophe,” External link

thenews-pk Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sharjeel Khan ) : “The board has given cover to, saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan’,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Umar Akmal ) : “Umar Akmal can be banned for not reporting an approach but the legal department could not see that the PCB itself was making agreements that allowed a third party to make PSL matches available for gambling,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : "The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don't think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers," External link

business-standard Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I know some people wouldn't like to hear this but some owners are looking to sell their franchisees. I would be more than happy to provide financial and non-monetary support to keep the PSL alive and to thrive," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : “The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don’t think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "People used to say that Sachin and I used to compete against each other, but we never abused each other. I used to respect him as a great batsman and I used to look at him as a great competitor," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “A couple of batsmen would never speak to me. Sachin would never lose his focus by talking to me” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “Among Indians, Rahul Dravid is the most decorated batsman. If he won’t offer me a shot, I would not be able to penetrate his defence,” External link

expressindia Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “A couple of batsmen would never speak to me. Sachin would never lose his focus by talking to me” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "Honestly, I don't think I could ever get him (Inzamam) out, he had the time and I always felt he saw the ball a second earlier than the rest of the batsmen because I had a complicated action unlike Brett Lee, I felt I could never dismiss Inzamam-ul-Haq," External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket and they have quite successfully done that. For the last 10 years, I am openly saying that ICC successfully have finished the cricket purposely and I would say job well-done guys," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in the last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to)," External link

firstpost Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can't hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet," External link

firstpost Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to)," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "But yes, I would try to out-think him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can't hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli and I would have been the best of friends. We both are Punjabi, we both have quite a similar nature,” External link

india Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” External link

india Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” External link

india Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in the last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to)," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can't hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : “I am telling you the fact and the truth. Out of the seven to eight fast-bowlers, I was the least-quickest bowler in the world in the Pakistan attack at that time,” External link

tribune Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I wish Virat Kohli had played against the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shane Warne. Even Virat would have enjoyed himself," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar stated ( about Virat Kohli ) : "We would have been the best of friends. But on the field, we would have been the best of enemies. I would initially get into Virat Kohli's head. I would tell him that there's no way he can cut or pull me off my bowling," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "We are both Punjabis and he seems like a guy with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field but fierce enemies on-field," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I bowled him short initially when I should have bowled the ball that’s going away from him. After I figured him, he could not score much against me. I bowled him out on multiple occasions, including at the IPL and in Lahore in 2006" External link

news18 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Virat Kohli and I would have been the best of friends as both of us are Punjabi, but on the field, we would have been the best of the enemies. I would have loved to get inside the head of Kohli. I would have told him that you cannot play a cut or pull shot against me," External link

irishsun Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I would also keep talking to him, because if I get him to lose his focus then that would have been great. The great thing about Kohli is that he gets more focused when he is challenged. But I believe Virat Kohli would have still scored the same amount of runs if I was playing," "I really wish that he had played against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, and then Virat would have also enjoyed the challenge," External link

irishsun Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I bowled him short initially when I should have bowled the ball that’s going away from him. After I figured him, he could not score much against me. I bowled him out on multiple occasions, including at the IPL and in Lahore in” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We are both Punjabis with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field and fierce enemies on-field,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “There has been a fall in the popularity of the game and ICC is to be blamed for it,” “I have been voicing for last 10 years to open the bouncers for fast bowlers. Till there is no rivalry like Sachin (Tendulkar) vs Shoaib, you won’t get following” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are both Punjabis with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field and fierce enemies on-field," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I bowled him short initially when I should have bowled the ball that's going away from him. After I figured him, he could not score much against me. I bowled him out on multiple occasions, including at the IPL and in Lahore in" External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "There has been a fall in the popularity of the game and ICC is to be blamed for it," "I have been voicing for last 10 years to open the bouncers for fast bowlers. Till there is no rivalry like Sachin (Tendulkar) vs Shoaib, you won't get following" External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : "Whatever I said on my channel was for betterment of Pakistan cricket and to point out to the Board where it needed to put things right. Whatever I said about Rizvi was based on my personal interaction with him," External link

firstpost Monday, May 25, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “Virat Kohli and I would have been the best of friends. We both are Punjabi, we both have quite a similar nature” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “He seems like he has a lot of heart, and even though, he’s a lot junior to me, I really respect him,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran's book with regards to personality as well," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, May 22, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 22, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” “Please don’t speak about things which we already know from the past 10 years. We won’t buy this argument,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added ( about Babar Azam ) : “Babar has to sharpen up his communication skills, his personality, ability to lead from the front, fitness level etc. I think he has a lot to prove,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket. If he had to get the chance now, he may hit more than 1.30 lakh runs. So it's not good to make a comparison between Sachin and Kohli," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was special innings, he should have touched the century mark," "I wanted him to get a century. For that bouncer, I would have loved to see a sixer, as earlier he hit" External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” External link

tribune Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “The most disappointing match for me in my entire career was the 2003 World Cup match against India at Centurion. We had failed to defend a target of 274 despite having a very good bowling line-up,” “After the end of our innings, I told my teammates that we have probably scored 30-40 runs less. However, all the players in the team shouted at me saying if ‘273 is not enough then what is’. They said we will be able to get India all out. However, I knew that the pitch was a good one for batting and it will remain so in the second innings as well” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was a special inning; he should have touched the century mark. I wanted him to slam the ton. For that bouncer, I may have loved to see him hit a six, as he did it before,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was a special inning; he should have touched the century mark. I wanted him to slam the ton. For that bouncer, I may have loved to see him hit a six, as he did it before,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket. If he had to get the chance now, he may hit more than 1.30 lakh runs. So it’s not good to make a comparison between Sachin and Kohli” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "Playing cricket in the empty stadiums may be viable and durable for cricket boards. But I do not think we can market this. Playing cricket in an empty stadium is like marriage without a bride. We need crowds to play games. I hope the corona situation will be normalized within a year," External link

newindianexpress Monday, May 18, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was special innings, he should have touched the century mark," External link

newindianexpress Monday, May 18, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went looking for Harbhajan Singh in the hotel room to fight with him. He eats with us, roams around with us in Lahore, culture is similar to us, he is a Punjabi brother and yet he will misbehave with us? I thought I will go and fight with him in the hotel room. He knew that Shoaib was coming. But I couldn’t find him. I calmed down the next day and he had also apologised,” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went looking for Harbhajan Singh in the hotel room to fight with him. He eats with us, roams around with us in Lahore, culture is similar to us, he is a Punjabi brother and yet he will misbehave with us? I thought I will go and fight with him in the hotel room. He knew that Shoaib was coming. But I couldn’t find him. I calmed down the next day and he had also apologised,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote ( about William Hussey ) : "A symbolic tweet, how ICC has thrown neutrality out of the window. Basically this is how the state of affairs are run there :)," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote ( about William Hussey ) : "A symbolic tweet, how ICC has thrown neutrality out of the window. Basically this is how the state of affairs are run there :)," External link

news18 Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : "Whatever I said on my channel was for betterment off Pakistan cricket and to point out to the board where it needed to put things right. Whatever I said about Rizvi was based on my personal interaction with him," External link

business-standard Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Even today, 3 hurting bouncers and i can dismiss @stevesmith49 on the 4th ball. Lol," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Even today, 3 hurting bouncers and i can dismiss @stevesmith49 on the 4th ball. Lol," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “You have attempted to pitch and use the Bar Association in this essentially inter-party dispute, with ulterior motives. Keeping in mind your rich family legacy of successful lawyers, as claimed by you, had you been genuinely bothered about the welfare of the Bar, you would have contributed at least a couple of millions in donation to the Bar in these hard and testing times of Covid 19. As per the knowledge of My Client, so far, you have contributed not a single penny in Covid-19 relief fund of the District Bar Association, Lahore. Likewise, to the best of knowledge of My Client, no contribution has been made by you in the Lahore High Court Bar Association,” External link

tribune Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:00:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “Do you think I would let someone go if he says anything like that to me? We were sitting in Bangladesh during the 2011 World Cup. Gautam Gambhir was also there, go and ask him too. I held Sehwag and asked him, ‘did you say something like this on TV?’ He said no, he backtracked from his remarks. Gautam Gambhir was sitting alongside him. I told Sehwag ‘If I come to know that you have said something like this then I won’t spare you. You know I can be bitter at times’,” External link

dnaindia Monday, May 11, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar maintained : “For the last eight weeks, we have been fearing and predicting that COVID-19 cases will increase and [calling for] steps to be taken to slow down its spread as much as possible to reduce load on our health system. We feel that the cases are on the rise and there would be an exponential increase in the coronavirus cases in the coming days,” External link

thenews-pk Sunday, May 10, 2020 4:18:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : “I will definitely… My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:42:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it," External link

srilankamirror Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : “I will definitely... My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it” External link

gulf-times Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : "I will definitely... My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it" External link

dhakatribune Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar replied : "I will definitely... My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it" External link

afp-en Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a God in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, the Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a God in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

india Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude," External link

news18 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:04:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a God in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it," External link

business-standard Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:21:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Imran Khan ) : “If I pick a former fast bowler, I feel I would have been very fortunate if I would have bowled with Imran Khan with both of us at the peak of our bowling careers. If we would have bowled together we would have had the same mindset of attacking the stumps relentlessly. Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude” External link

dailytimesPK Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it,” External link

expressindia Monday, May 4, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” External link

expressindia Monday, May 4, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it," External link

firstpost Monday, May 4, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : “I’ve received a notice from Tafazzul Rizvi which is based on lies & fabrications,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : “I have received a notice from Rizvi which is based on lies and fabrications,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Younus Khan ) : “Thank you Younus Khan for further substantiating my claim” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote ( about Tafazzul Rizvi ) : “I have received a notice from Tafazzul Rizvi which is based on lies & fabrications. I’ve engaged Mr @SalmanKNiazi1 as my lawyer to send befitting legal reply on my behalf to said notice. I stand by my words regarding incompetence & unsatisfactory performance of Mr Rizvi,” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Why cannot you make match-fixing a criminal offence in Pakistan? You can give a jail term or seize the offenders' property, it will put fear in people, the PCB and their legal team are being incompetent, why there is no legislation to criminalise match-fixing," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, May 1, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Younis Khan ) : “Thank you Younis Khan for further substantiating my claim” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sharjeel Khan ) : “The board has given cover to saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan’,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 1, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “The PCB’s legal department is rotten to the core. Tafazzul Rizvi in particular is one such individual. He has deep connections and has been with the board for 10-15 years,” “The thing that angered me the most was when he dragged Shahid Afridi in courts. I believe that stars are born and must be respected, and these lawyers use our high-profile cases to earn fame. He is an idiot of the highest order and has lost cases against me, Afridi, doping case … everything. What he does is that he pits PCB against its players and profits off of their legal wrangles,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Hafeez ) : “I think Hafeez’s contributions for Pakistan are plenty. However, he does not get enough credit for his work. If you look at ODIs and T20s, he wasn’t used much in Tests, whenever Pakistan used to get into a tight corner they called on Hafeez to step up. This was true particularly in terms of bowling,” External link

tribune Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Why cannot you make match-fixing a criminal offence in Pakistan? You can give a jail term or seize the offenders' property, it will put fear in people, the PCB and their legal team are being incompetent, why there is no legislation to criminalise match-fixing," External link

business-standard Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sharjeel Khan ) : “The board has given cover to, saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that ‘okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan’,” External link

dailytimesPK Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Umar Akmal does something every 6 months that he gets caught. He keeps on getting caught in something or the other and he keeps on doing wrong things. In 8-10 years if Virat Kohli has scored 30-40 centuries and Umar has scored just 3 then it is only his fault. He has ruined his own career,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "The PCB's legal department is rotten to the core. Tafazzul Rizvi in particular is one such individual. He has deep connections and has been with the board for 10-15 years," "The thing that angered me the most was when he dragged Shahid Afridi in courts. I believe that stars are born and must be respected, and these lawyers use our high-profile cases to earn fame" External link

tribune Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Imran Nazir ) : “But Imran didn’t have his brain and was also let down by the country’s cricket administration” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : ”I don’t think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don’t think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little,” “When he hit a brutal hundred against India in a side match, I asked them to play Imran Nazir consistently but they didn’t listen,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “It is unfortunate that we do not know how to take care of our brands. We could have had a player better than Virender Sehwag in Imran Nazir. He had all the shots while also being a good fielder. We could have utilised him brilliantly but we just couldn’t,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "I don't think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don't think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 10:04:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar claimed : “I don’t think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don’t think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little,” “When he hit a brutal hundred against India in a match, I asked them to play Imran Nazir consistently but they didn’t listen” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I always told Shahid Afridi that you are much better Test player as compared to ODIs,” External link

tribune Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "I don't think that one can apply saliva on the ball now, we as bowlers apply saliva on the ball to make the ball shinier. The ball goes in the hands of everyone on the park. I saw a report of the ICC which said bowlers would not be able to apply saliva on the ball," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Kapil Dev ) : “I don’t think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. I’m talking about the larger perspective, about economic reforms. The global audience would be hooked by one single match, it will generate revenues. Kapil said he doesn’t need the money and he surely doesn’t. But everyone else does. I think this suggestion will come into consideration soon,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : "I don't think that one can apply saliva on the ball now, we as bowlers apply saliva on the ball to make the ball shinier. The ball goes in the hands of everyone on the park. I saw a report of the ICC which said bowlers would not be able to apply saliva on the ball," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 24, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar wrote : "A very happy birthday to @sachin_rt . Arguably the best batsman in the history of the game. Its a pleasure to have known you, playing with you & against you. The battles against you on the ground are a treasure of my playing days. #HappyBirthdaySachin #SachinTendulkar" External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 24, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Mohammad Amir an exceptional talent, very clever. He is a genuine fast-bowler. I think he was a very intimidating bowler and a rising star. He had all of these qualities in the start. The sad part was that we saw all of that talent being wasted. But when I saw him I thought that I had seen such a clever fast-bowler after a very long time,” External link

tribune Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Wasim Akram ) : "I was watching few matches of the 1990s and I was amazed to see how Wasim Akram got Pakistan through impossible situations with his brilliant bowling," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, April 23, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Sami’s aggression with the old ball made him very deceptive and enabled him to hit the batsmen’s pads in front of the stumps 99 per cent of the time,” “This was a quality, after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sami had. I, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif did not have that ability” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If you ask me honestly as what will happen of cricket world. Currently I don’t know how long this outbreak will last. [But] until it is not confirmed how many people are infected [by the virus] it’ll not be possible to hold any event,” External link

pakobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:21:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If you ask me honestly, I don’t know for how long the coronavirus outbreak will last, until and unless it is not known that how many people are infected, one cannot go ahead with any kind of cricket anywhere,” External link

dailytimesPK Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:19:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “He even let me bowl from my preferred bowling end even though he had a lot more wickets that I did,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar concluded : “After watching these old matches, I called him and apologised to for not truly appreciating his greatness while playing with him,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If you ask me honestly as what will happen of cricket world. Currently I don’t know how long this outbreak will last. [But] until it is not confirmed how many people are infected [by the virus] it’ll not be possible to hold any event,” External link

app-en Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar proposed : "I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoaib Akhtar's superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!" External link

news-yahoo-in Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "If you ask me honestly, I don't know for how long the coronavirus outbreak will last, until and unless it is not known that how many people are infected, one cannot go ahead with any kind of cricket anywhere," External link

news18 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I was watching few matches of the 1990s and I was amazed to see how Wasim Akram got Pakistan through impossible situations with his brilliant bowling,” “I will say it very clearly that if Wasim Akram had asked me to do match-fixing, I would have destroyed him or even kill him. But he never said such a thing to me” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I raised this issue during a board meeting 10-11 years ago but I won’t name who was present during that discussion,” External link

tribune Monday, April 20, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar proposed : "I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoiab Akhtar's superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!" External link

khaleejtimes Monday, April 20, 2020 2:26:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar proposed : "I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoaib Akhtar's superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!" External link

news18 Monday, April 20, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I’ve got to be thankful to you. Had it not for you Freddie! My career would have long gone. (Because in) that was the series against England, if you wouldn’t have treated me, I’m not going to say badly. But you just motivated me enough to get back into the side,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “We thoroughly enjoyed playing against you,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:06:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : "I had a good time bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. But I dismissed him 12-13 times as well," External link

dnaindia Friday, April 17, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “Sachin has been a very, very close friend of mine, he’s a tremendous guy, very humble. He’s been the greatest batsman, but I might have dismissed him 12-13 times in matches,” External link

expressindia Friday, April 17, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about William Hussey ) : “Indians only remember that one six which he hit me in Centurion [during the 2003 ICC World Cup] as it makes them really happy. If I had known that one six makes 1.3 billion people happy, then I would have let him hit me for a six every day,” External link

india Friday, April 17, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar written : “We bounced the ball at him and were able to unnerve him. I returned to the dressing room that first day with the knowledge that Sachin was not comfortable facing fast and rising ball. He was distinctly uncomfortable against me. That was enough to build on,” “I bowled (Sachin) a particularly fast ball which he, to my amazement didn’t even touch. He walked away! That was the first time, I saw him walk away from me — that, too, on the slow track at Faisalabad. It got my hunting instincts up and in the next match I hit him on the head and he couldn’t score after that” External link

india Friday, April 17, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Sachin Tendulkar ) : “I had a good time bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. But I dismissed him 12-13 times as well,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 17, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Matthew Hayden ) : “I got into a fight with Matthew Hayden. First game of World Cup. We lost it, I completely lost it. Me and Matthew Hayden never got on really well,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Well Sunny bhai, we did have a snowfall in Lahore last year. So nothing is impossible," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We learned about Flintoff through Wasim Akram, when he was playing for Manchester as he was talking about this young kid, who was highly talented and the next Ian Botham of England. We were very curious to know who that kid is,” “I finally saw him in Sharjah, in 1998 I think, where he hit Saqlain [Mushtaq] for massive sixes which scared me. We realised that this guy is powerful and multi-talented” External link

tribune Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "Well Sunny bhai, we did have a snowfall in Lahore last year.. So nothing is impossible," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:27:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Only Ricky Ponting could have played it like this. He was the bravest. Justin Langer definitely wanted to stay at non striker end. Lol” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 15, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “If I was bowling, I would go wider of the crease and pitch the ball up [to Kohli] and shape it away from him in order to make him drive,” “If that does not work, I will bowl him at 150 [kph] and he will get out” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “People used to get under my skin badly at times. I have faced many problems with the management, with the batsmen. Having said all of that Freddie, I’ve got to be thankful to you. Had it not for you, my career would have long gone,” “In that series against England, if you wouldn’t have treated me, I’m not going to say badly, but you motivated me enough to get back into the side” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," "If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field. You are bound to get massive viewership for the games. For the first time, both countries will play for each other. And whatever funds are generated through this can be donated equally to the government of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic" External link

tribune Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," "If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 WC) as I wasn't into the game 100 per cent. So why drag?" External link

khaleejtimes Monday, April 13, 2020 1:47:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say," External link

news18 Monday, April 13, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don’t think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues" External link

dnaindia Monday, April 13, 2020 7:14:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don’t believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 13, 2020 6:53:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. " External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:22:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. " External link

firstpost Sunday, April 12, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. " External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,” “If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 WC) as I wasn’t into the game 100 per cent. So why drag?” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,” External link

expressindia Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer,” External link

expressindia Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," External link

firstpost Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer," External link

firstpost Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup," External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : "We are dealing with a pandemic at the moment. Any industry, which requires crowd gathering, is going to suffer," External link

business-standard Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told ( about Kapil Dev ) : "I don't think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say," External link

khaleejtimes Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Imran Khan ) : “I had said that I know India more than even Imran Khan himself. I have traveled to many areas and interacted with many people there. I keep telling people here what Indians are all about. Our countries have a lot of poverty. I am saddened when people are suffering. As a human and as a Muslim, it is my responsibility to help as much as I can,” External link

tribune Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

news18 Friday, April 10, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," External link

tribune Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

dnaindia Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I am just thinking out of the box, this can be a breakthrough moment for both India and Pakistan, these two countries can help in generating a great amount of funds. Both sides will play for humanity. These matches can become the most viewed matches in the history of cricket," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I saw what happened with Yuvraj and Harbhajan as they advocated for Shahid Afridi Foundation. I just could not understand this. We as people need to come forward and think above political difference," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever. But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide),” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “It was inhuman to criticise them. It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” “If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “It was inhuman to criticise them (Yuvraj and Harbhajan). It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:14:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three match-series in which, for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : “In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar told : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," External link

tribune Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," "If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:13:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “Hafeez is absolutely right about Arthur having likes and dislikes for certain players. However, Arthur saying that Hafeez wasn’t fully committed to Pakistan is a wrong statement,” “Hafeez has been playing for Pakistan for 15 years and Arthur came to Pakistan for only 15 to 25 months and you have called him a traitor. What right does he have to say that Hafeez is not committed to his country? It takes a lot of hard work and struggles to play 15 years for Pakistan. How can you question those 15 years of commitment through just one statement? Arthur wasn’t some legend or a high performance coach, he was just ok. He was a good manager. He spent two years of his coaching with Pakistan very cleverly and one year on the back of Champions Trophy win. Don’t come here and tell me that I am not committed to my country,” External link

dailytimesPK Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : “When Rohit is on song then he doesn’t care whether the ball is good or bad because he has so much of time, he has so much of elegance when he plays the shots. It (batting) comes very easy and naturally to him,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar added : “You saw his ruthlessness today. Usne maar maar k bharta nikal dia. He hit Mitchell Starc, he went after Cummins. The cut shot that he hit reminded me of Tendulkar’s six,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "This coronavirus pandemic is going to leave more people bankrupt than dead" External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “If we have to fight coronavirus, we ought to keep our lungs in good shape,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw 4 guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don't believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside," "I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don't believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside," "I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them," External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : "We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don't believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside," "I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw 4 guys travelling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, travelling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Shoaib Akhtar said : “We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don’t believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT



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Shoaib Akhtar said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : ”I don’t like saying this but it is a fact. Look I don’t want a job and I don’t need a salary. People want jobs and they come for salaries but I don’t need the money.For Akhtar the motivation is to build a pool of world class players who will serve Pakistan cricket for long time. “I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure.” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56:00 PM EAT

Monty Panesar told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I think (when) Dhoni came into (the) reckoning was actually his hundred against Pakistan, when he was pulling Shoaib Akhtar for fours and sixes. We all were sitting and wondering - 'Oh, how is he doing that?' And then I remember bowling to him in Kolkata where he hit me for a six out of nowhere. It just went miles. Dhoni's six hitting ability is almost 20 meters further than the normal batsman. I think I always found MSD very calm, collected and he always seemed like life was going at a slow pace for him. It was like nothing was bothering him. It was his calm demeanor that was his strength. Not a lot of cricketers have this quality, but he had it throughout his whole career. I think that's what makes him such a great, great leader,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Ashish Nehra concluded ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Shoaib Akhtar is a great friend, no doubt about it. Whenever we’re in England and even till today. After 3-4 months, we message each other and a banter is going on,” External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Someone like Akhtar for example, I’d call him ‘B-grade actor’ for a start, which used to get under his skin a bit,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 10, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I go right, how can I get Shoaib looking like an absolute goose and how can I tell Venkat about this? Now India and Pakistan, there’s no love lost there, so I though that’s my point (of leverage),” External link

expressindia Monday, August 10, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I think the only way that Shoaib is going to get me out here, is bowled — because Venkat’s definitely not going to give me LBW and I’m not going to get caught behind because this thing (the pitch) was an absolute Bunsen burner. It wasn’t bouncing more than a centimetre,” External link

expressindia Monday, August 10, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Someone like Akhtar for example, I'd call him 'B-grade actor' for a start, which used to get under his skin a bit," External link

news18 Monday, August 10, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Matthew Hayden said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "I go right, how can I get Shoaib looking like an absolute goose and how can I tell Venkat about this? Now India and Pakistan, there's no love lost there, so I though that's my point (of leverage)," External link

news18 Monday, August 10, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “The remarks given by Shoaib Akhtar has affected by goodwill. He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Irfan Pathan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “When I was coming out to bat, Akhtar was bowling at a rapid pace of 150-160 kph. I went down and joined Dhoni and asked how’s the pitch is behaving, he responded by saying, ‘nothing much, you just bat’,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Irfan Pathan told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “When I was coming out to bat, Akhtar was bowling at a rapid pace of 150-160 kph. I went down and joined Dhoni and asked how’s the pitch is behaving, he responded by saying, ‘nothing much, you just bat’,” External link

expressindia Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "I am not satisfied with the reply we have received from Shoaib Akhtar's legal counsel and we will be taking him to court," External link

firstpost Monday, May 25, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Suresh Raina said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Bhajju paa was a fighter. I remember he had some argument with Shoaib Akhtar but then hit a six to win the match for us,” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Suresh Raina said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Bhajju paa was a fighter. I remember he had some argument with Shoaib Akhtar but then hit a six to win the match for us,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:34:00 AM EAT

Khalid Mahmood mentioned ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I have found it hard to make people believe that I couldn’t spot Shoaib’s first delivery,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Tamim Iqbal said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I always say this. I have played a lot of fast bowlers. I have also faced a lot of balls around 150 kmph/hour. But I got scared only once. When I first played Shoaib Akhtar. That day I thought he would kill me. His bowling was so terrible,” External link

tribune Monday, May 11, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Khalid Mahmood mentioned ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I have found it hard to make people believe that I couldn’t spot Shoaib’s first delivery,” External link

app-en Monday, May 11, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Tamim Iqbal recalled ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "I always say this, I have played many fast bowlers, and played bowlers bowling at 150 km per hour but there was only one time that I was scared when I went out to bat, it was when I faced Shoaib Akhter for the first time. That day I felt like he would kill me," External link

thedailystarBD Monday, May 11, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “The remarks given by Shoaib Akhtar has affected my goodwill. He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Younus Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for Pakistan Cricket Board to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and its players. I stand by with Shoaib Akhtar," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, May 1, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Younis Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for the PCB to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket and its players. I stand by with #ShoaibAkhtar,” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Younus Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for Pakistan Cricket Board to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and its players. I stand by with Shoaib Akhtar,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 1, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Younus Khan said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by Shoaib Akhtar! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for the PCB to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket and its players. I stand by with #ShoaibAkhtar,” External link

dailytimesPK Friday, May 1, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Tafazzul Rizvi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “The remarks given by Shoaib Akhtar has affected my goodwill. He said false things about me on social media. His remarks were seen and heard abroad as well. Therefore, I decided to take legal action against him,” External link

pakobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:30:00 AM EAT

Asad Shafiq said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I would have not scored centuries in Australia, South Africa and England if I was not courageous enough. I don’t think I have to justify myself to anyone in this regard,” “This is his [Akhtar] opinion but I think one should check the records before forming an opinion” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Brett Lee says ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "My nickname is 'Binga' and I suddenly hear 'Binga, Binga'. I look up, and there's Shoaib, about 75 metres back. He goes 'I'm going to kill you'," External link

news18 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Brett Lee says ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “My nickname is ‘Binga’ and I suddenly hear ‘Binga, Binga’. I look up, and there’s Shoaib, about 75 metres back. He goes ‘I’m going to kill you’,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Wasim Akram said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “I’m not able to bowl; I won’t bowl. We had never heard of such a thing. A bowler refusing to bowl after getting hit for fours and sixes. After that six, Shoaib’s confidence in that match had shattered,” External link

india Friday, April 17, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Shahid Afridi said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Shoaib Akhtar said something positive for the sake of humanity" External link

dnaindia Tuesday, April 14, 2020 7:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Flintoff said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Listen to this, I got feelings. He (Shoaib) kept having a go at me. He kept calling me ‘fat'. Fat this, fat that. I am not having this, I am thinking I am going to nip this in the b***. So, as I walked in, I said, Shoaib, it's all right, you look like Tarzan, but you bowl like Jane," "It haunted me straight away. I walked out to bat, I think 1st or 2nd ball, my off-stump was cart-wheeling back as he knocked it over. Then, as I walked off, he gave me a big ‘OOOHHHH'" External link

news18 Friday, April 10, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Flintoff said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Listen to this, I got feelings. He (Shoaib) kept having a go at me. He kept calling me 'fat'. Fat this, fat that. I am not having this, I am thinking I am going to nip this in the b***. So, as I walked in, I said, Shoaib, it's all right, you look like Tarzan, but you bowl like Jane," "It haunted me straight away. I walked out to bat, I think 1st or 2nd ball, my off-stump was cart-wheeling back as he knocked it over. Then, as I walked off, he gave me a big 'OOOHHHH'" External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Rajiv Shukla said ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Shoaib Akhtar is a jolly and moody man everyone knows it. Time by time he keeps giving such suggestions and ideas. At this stage, if he is talking about a cricket match between India and Pakistan to raise funds to help both the countries. So, I feel it is a matter of fun. We are not even able to organize IPL, who will come to watch that match who will allow players to come and play?” External link

tribune Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Rajiv Shukla told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : "Shoaib Akhtar is a jolly and moody man everyone knows it. Time by time he keeps giving such suggestions and ideas. At this stage, if he is talking about a cricket match between India and Pakistan to raise funds to help both the countries. So, I feel it is a matter of fun. We are not even able to organise IPL, who will come to watch that match who will allow players to come and play," External link

dnaindia Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rajiv Shukla told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “Shoaib Akhtar is a jolly and moody man everyone knows it. From time to time he keeps giving such suggestions and ideas. At this stage, if he is talking about a cricket match between India and Pakistan to raise funds to help both the countries. So, I feel it is a matter of fun. We are not even able to organise IPL, who will come to watch that match who will allow players to come and play,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Madan Lal told ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “It’s for the government to decide, not Shoaib Akhtar (decision on bilateral series between India and Pakistan). It depends on government to government. They take all such decisions,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Mohammad Kaif wrote ( about Shoaib Akhtar ) : “But junior isn’t too impressed with Papa, says hitting Shoaib Akhtar must be easy since there is pace in his bowling. Kids today I tell you...phew!” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT