Shoaib Akhtar ‘lost for words’ after KRL Stadium renamed after him. Photo credits: Shoaib Akhtar Twitter/Instagram
- Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar expressed his gratitude after KRL Stadium got renamed after him
- He shared the news from his official Twitter handle on Saturday (March 13)
- Akhtar retired from international cricket with as many as 444 wickets across formats
Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar is often seen sharing his views on various aspects of the gentlemen’s game and remains critical of Pakistan’s performances on the 22-yard cricket strip across formats. On Saturday (March 13), the former speedster was honoured after Rawalpindi’s historic KRL Stadium was renamed after him for his heroics at the international level.
Akhtar made a name for himself and his birthplace with his stunning performances on the cricket pitch during his illustrious career, spanning from 1997-2011. The former pacer represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is to return with a total of 444 international scalps.
Akhtar shared the news of the KRL Stadium being renamed after him on his official Twitter handle and expressed his gratitude.
The 45-year-old tweeted, “Humbled and honoured to share that the historic KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi has been renamed as Shoaib Akhtar Stadium. I am rarely ever lost for words but today I am! I truly have no words to thank everyone for the love & respect I have received over the years.”
“I have always done my best to serve Pakistan with utmost dedication and passionate determination, with integrity. To always keep our flag high. Today and every day I wear the star on my chest with pride. Thank you, Pakistan. Zindabad,” Akhtar added.
Akhtar was a terror for batsmen during his playing days with his raw pace and extra bounce that he generated at regular intervals. He had a good rivalry with some of the greats of the game, during his active days on the field — including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, etc.
‘The medical panel should be punished’
Recently, when PSL 6 got postponed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Akhtar had lashed out at the PCB and stated on his official YouTube channel, “The medical panel should be punished and I request the higher authorities because they played with the lives of the people… All the blame has been put on Wasim Khan and he has been asked to face everything. Who has brought Wasim Khan? Ehsan Mani (brought him). Where is Mani Sahab? Is this the responsibility of Wasim Khan to answer here? Ehsan Mani should give the answer.”
As per the latest reports, PSL is likely to resume in May amid IPL 2021 edition in India.