Harassed during the 2011 World Cup, Pakistan seamer who bowled at speeds up to 100 mph reveals

Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar said he was harassed during the 2011 World Cup

Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar: “I openly say that I was not treated well during the 2011 World Cup, not by Shahid Afridi but by the rest of the management. I am saying it openly”

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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that he was harassed by the team management during the 2011 World Cup.

Akhtar’s comments came after left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday.

Amir, who retired from Test cricket last year, claimed that he was being “mentally tortured” by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and felt that the current team management have deliberately been snubbing him for selection.

Akhtar noted that he endured a similar experience in 2011, but “didn’t care as I had already announced my retirement”.

“I openly say that I was not treated well during the 2011 World Cup, not by Shahid Afridi but by the rest of the management. I am saying it openly,” he said on his YouTube channel as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

“I was harassed but I didn’t care as I had already announced my retirement.”

Akhtar represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, where he took 178 wickets at an average of 25.69.

He also featured in 163 ODIs and claimed 247 wickets at an average of 24.97.

As for his T20 International career, the 45-year-old picked up 19 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 22.73.

Akhtar also holds the record for the fastest delivery in international cricket, which was clocked at 161.3 kph (100.2 mph) during Pakistan’s match against England in the 2003 World Cup.

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