Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar reveals that in his early cricket stage he was told to consume drugs in order to bowl fast. Akhtar was known for his raw pace that not only knocked down stumps but also instilled fears in the minds and hearts of several of his peers during his playing days.
Shoaib Akhtar refused to Consume Drugs
In a recent interview, Akhtar revealed that he was asked to take drugs to bowl at 100kph when he started his career, but he refused to do so.
“When I started playing cricket I was told you can’t bowl fast and to achieve a good speed of 100 mph I will have to use drugs. But I have always refused to do so,” Akhtar said in an address at the Anti-Narcotics Forces’ (ANF) annual drug burning ceremony, according to Cricket Pakistan.
Akhtar advises Youngsters
Akhtar, meanwhile, also tweeted a few images of the event on Twitter, and in the caption, he asked youngsters to focus on health to attain a bright future.
“It was my honor being the speaker/guest of honor at the symbolic drug burning ceremony by Anti Narcotics Force of Pakistan. ANF is making efforts to the best of its capacity & resources for a drug-free Pakistan. Play sports, work out & do healthy activities for a bright future,” Akhtar captioned the tweet.
It was my honor being the speaker/guest of honor at the symbolic drug burning ceremony by Anti Narcotics Force of Pakistan.
ANF is making efforts to the best of its capacity & resources for a drug free Pakistan.
Play sports, work out & do healthy activities for a bright future. pic.twitter.com/4nhsZCC6lA
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 23, 2020
In his career, Akhtar went on to play 46 Tests in which he picked up 178 wickets at an average of 25.7. He also played 163 ODIs in which he picked 247 wickets and also picked 19 scalps in 15 T20Is.