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Shoaib Akhtar pulls out of Sri Lanka Premier League

Posted by on June 16, 2011 0 Comment

Former Pakistan fast bowler has withdrawn his participation in the Sri Lankan Premier League.

Set to line up alongside West Indians Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, South African star Herschelle Gibbs, New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori and Irishman Kevin O’Brien in the sub-continental nation’s newly-launched domestic Twenty20 league, the 35-year-old has now opted out due to personal reasons.

“My parents are old and I want to spend time with them,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

“I also don’t want to play or want to be on the ground anymore. I’m not even coming back for a job in cricket or anything, but if some youngster needs my help I’ll visit from time to time to help them but no more of this game.

“I am going to be involved in charity work from now on.”

The right-arm pace ace took 178 Test wickets and 247 ODI scalps across a checkered 13-year career marred by injury and off-field controversy before retiring at the end of this year’s World Cup. Cricket365

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