KKR Captain Sourav Ganguly Shoaib Akhtar head coach John Buchanan Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2008


Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is a fan of the Indian Premier League. Akhtar has also been a part of this T20 league of India. When the first season of IPL was played in 2008, Pakistani players also participated in it. However, after this, Pakistani players were banned from participating in the IPL due to poor political relations between the two countries. Akhtar has shared an anecdote from 2008 how the then Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Sourav Ganguly clashed with head coach John Buchanan over their selection.

Shoaib Akhtar was banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2008 and due to this the fast bowler could not play many IPL matches. Akhtar played only three IPL matches and took a total of five wickets during this period, in which he took four wickets in the debut match against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).

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In Sportskeeda’s timeout, Akhtar said, ‘When I joined the KKR camp, I was banned by the PCB and did not play the matches. John Buchanan then told Sourav Ganguly that he didn’t think I was fit to play the match. To which Ganguly replied that he has always been unfit, don’t worry about him. Even if that half is unfit, there is no problem.

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Akhtar is counted among the fastest bowlers in the world and has been plagued by injuries during his career. Because of this, he has not been able to play many important matches for Pakistan as well. Akhtar recently said that if Babar Azam was fielded in the IPL mega auction, this player could be sold for Rs 15 to 20 crores.

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