International Rawalpindi's KRL stadium renamed after Shoaib Akhtar

Rawalpindi’s KRL stadium renamed after Shoaib Akhtar

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The Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) Stadium, in Rawalpindi, has been named after former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

The former speedster took to Twitter to share his reaction on the occasion.

“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 and 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 everyday I wear the star on my chest with pride. Thank you, Pakistan. Zindabad.” Akhtar wrote.

Akhtar is the widely known as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket. He achieved the feat in a World Cup match against England at Newlands, Cape Town. The ball was recorded at 161.3km/h or 100.2mph.

Akhtar has played 46 Tests, 163 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 15 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for Pakistan, taking 178 wickets, 247 wickets and 19 wickets respectively in each format.

Akhtar was nicknamed “Rawalpindi Express”, in reference to his speed and hometown.

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