Even though he was genuinely offered the position and had the potential to be one of Pakistan’s greatest captains, former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has finally explained why he never wanted to lead his country.
Shoaib Akhtar made his Pakistani debut in 1997, and throughout the course of his career, he played in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and only 15 T20 Internationals. He continues to hold the record for the fastest delivery in cricket history, reaching a whopping 161.3 km/h (100.2 mph) against England in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Shoaib Akhtar discusses why he didn’t accept the captaincy: I wasn’t fit enough.
I wasn’t in shape enough. I could participate in three games out ofThe 47-year-old was quoted by Pakistan Cricket as saying, “I was offered the captaincy in 2002, but I would’ve played only 1.5–2 years (if I played all matches).
The former pace-bowler opened quite honestly about the many events that took place during his time there. He made a startling revelation when he said that even though he had the support of his teammates and was at the height of his abilities at the time, the PCB management was not in a fit position to run the organisation. Massive errors in administration and communication occurred, and the board was never prepared to manage the players.
He said that he wasn’t nearly ready to take on the captaincy job, both physically and emotionally. He thought it wasHe couldn’t possible take such a post out of obligation; it was a great responsibility.
My buddies helped me, but the board was quite shaky. There was poor management everywhere. At that time, Pakistan itself had experienced poor management.
One of the greatest pace bowlers in cricket and one of the greatest cricketers from Pakistan is Shoaib Akhtar. But regrettably, a spate of injuries forced him to hang up his boots after the 2011 World Cup, ending his remarkable career.