Akhtar lost for words as Rawalpindi’s cricket stadium renamed after him


Rawalpindi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that he has lost for words after Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi was renamed as Shoaib Akhtar Cricket Stadium.

The 45-year-old Akhtar took to Twitter and thanked fans for the love and respect they have showered over the years.

“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,” he wrote.

“I have always done by best to serve Pakistan with utmost dedication and passionate determination, with integrity. To always keep our flag high. Today and everyday I wear the star on my chest with pride. Thank you, Pakistan. Zindabad,” he added.

It must be noted here that Akhtar represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is between 1997 to 2011. He was recognized as the world’s fastest bowler, having bowled a delivery at 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in an ODI against England.

Currently, he owns a YouTube channel where he analyzes Pakistan cricket and cricket-related matters. He also appears as a cricket expert at PTV Sports.

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