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Finishing with 250 wickets is a dream: Akhtar

Posted by on March 22, 2011 0 Comment

Colombo, March 22 (IANS) Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said finishing with 250 ODI wickets will be a dream come true but insists he would not have any regrets even if he is not given another match in the World Cup.

Nicknamed “Rawalpindi Express”, Akhtar, whose career was marred with injuries and controversies, didn’t play the match against Australia.

“I wanted to make way for the juniors, so even if I don’t get my 250th wicket it is fine. It will be a dream to reach that landmark, but if I don’t get picked, there is not much I can do. I still remain the fastest bowler in this World Cup,” Akhtar, who has 247 wickets from 163 matches, was quoted as saying by ESPNStar.com.

“Pakistan winning the World Cup is far more important than reaching personal goals. For me, nation comes first. That’s the way I have been. So I will accept any team decision.”

Akhtar said he will be prepared in case the team needed him.

“There will be no sadness if I don’t play. I have had my time and it was my determination to play this World Cup which I have done. I was good enough to play for Pakistan again,” he said.

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