Cricket News sort by Shoaib Akhtar

Cycling’s fallen hero Lance Armstrong has finally admitted to doping en route to winning seven Tour de France titles. Following this admission of guilt, Armstrong has received backlashes from different sections of the sporting fraternity.

Earlier this week, Aussie speedster Brett Lee announced his retirement from international cricket, ending a glorious career of 13 years. Even as tributes keep flowing in for the gentleman cricketer, one aspect possibly no one is focusing on is that Lee’s farewell could be the end of an era – the era of the genuine fast bowler.

Year 2012 has dawned with many promising talents, contests and approaching milestones. But before embracing 2012, it is only fare that we bid adieu to 2011 and look back at some of the highs and lows of cricket in one of the most happening years.

Former Indian Test cricketer and opening batsman, Navjot Singh Sidhu, has slammed Pakistani fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar, for his remarks on Sachin Tendulkar and some other former cricketers of India and Pakistan.

In a major shake up, the Pakistan Cricket Board has omitted around five leading players, including former captain Shahid Afridi, from the list of new centrally contracted players

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will be seen in action during an invitational T20 event in Singapore later this week. Pakistan opener Imran Farhat and some other Pakistani players leave on Wednesday night to take part in the event that will also feature leading players from other countries.

Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar Thursday pulled out of the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) citing personal reasons, and said he does not want play the game any more.

Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Imran Khan has said that if India reaches in the semi-final after defeating Australia then Pakistan should give chance to Shoaib Aktar and the strategy of spin-attack will be not effective against India because Indian batsmen play the spinners very well.

The bowler seems to have lost favour with the team management, including skipper Shahid Afridi, after conceding 28 runs in a single over in a league match against New Zealand and, according to sources, is unlikely to feature in Wednesday's quarterfinal against the West Indies.