Posted by Adam @ 3:12 pm on April 30th 2008

So is it farewell to the Rawalpindi Express?

Shoaib Akhtar, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, has been a somewhat mercurial and unreliable fast bowler (really fast, indeed, the fastest bowler since bowling speeds have been regularly measured) for Pakistan and it looks like his career is pretty much over after the rejection of his appeal against a five-year ban for criticising the PCB, an event which comes after a long career history of being an all-purpose prick. He’s banned from playing in, or representing, Pakistan, which means his international career is certainly over unless he somehow wins a second appeal.

A great talent, but he was never really making the most of it anyhow, I suppose (he only played 43 tests in his career, which is a real shame). Here’s a compilation of some happier times, where mostly he’s bowling batsmen out rather than hitting them (but be assured that he’s hit a lot of them, which is not against the rules as such):


  1. That’s a strange bowling alley on that video. Additionally, who would even care how fast someone could bowl?

    Oh wait, it’s that game I can’t comprehend, cricket.

    Comment by Cameron — 4/30/2008 @ 4:48 pm

  2. That’s because normal people don’t follow the sport.

    Comment by James — 5/1/2008 @ 1:41 pm

  3. You name an athlete after a Pakistani express train, and you somehow expect him NOT to crash and burn?

    Comment by Rojas — 5/1/2008 @ 4:13 pm

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