DEC 10, 2012 by
Cricekt Coucnil USA
On the concluding day of the 4th USOPEN T20 Cricket Tournament Dec09,
Shoiab Akhtar thrilled the crowd and fans equally who got the rare glimpse of the world fastest bowler as he bowled for the USALL STARS team in the Broward Central Regional Park , where he bowled against the two teams.One the Florida Panthers in the semi finals and than against the USOPEN defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Legions.Same evening Shoaib Akhtar was facilitated and awarded the prize by the Cricket Council USA for being the" World fastest Bowler" and the prize was handed over by the very famous Cricket Legend of the world Clive Lloyd,who had flown from Guyana to attend the 4th USOPEN.
It was a very rare sight in the prize distibution ceremony to see the two great Cricket players greeting each other ,where they were invited to the podium to speak few words.Clive Lloyd praised the great efforts being made to promote Cricket and wanted more young people involved in Cricket also mentioned and thanked the groundsman Sam for his great work in fixing the rain washed Cricket picth in short time for the final game.Shoaib Akhtar spoke about his own performance and the hurting knees,thanked the organizers and the cricket fans who had come to see the matches.
Here is an extract of the news article on Shoaib Akhtar in "The Times of India" for the readers.
The fastest bowler in the history of cricket, Shoaib Akhtar retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup. The former Pakistani pacer bowled the officially recorded fastest delivery against England, which clocked in at 161.3 km/h (100.2 mph) in speed. Controversy and Akhtar always walked hand-in-hand during his entire international career as cricketer. Akhtar made his Test debut against West Indies in front of home crowd at Rawalpindi in 1997 and made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1998. In his controversy-laden career, he has been ban numerous times and was always accused of not being a team player. In his on and off career, he took 178 wickets in 46 Test matches and 247 wickets in 163 ODIs. With his flamboyant attitude and off the field demeanour, the 'Rawalpindi Express' will always be remembered as one of the most popular face of the contemporary cricket. "