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Shoaib Akhtar Welcomes Third Child, a Baby Girl

The cricketing world is abuzz with joyous news as Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistani speedster known for his record-breaking bowling, has announced the arrival of his third child, a baby girl. The news was shared by Akhtar himself in an Instagram post, where he expressed his happiness and gratitude.

Akhtar, who holds the record for bowling the fastest ball in cricket history, revealed that his sons, Mikaeel and Mujaddid, now have a baby sister. He wrote, “Allah taala has blessed us with a baby daughter.” The baby girl, named Nooreh Ali Akhtar, was born during Jumma prayers on the 19th of Shaban, 1445 AH, according to the Islamic calendar.

In his post, Akhtar also requested prayers from his followers, saying, “Aap sab ki duaon ka talab gaar,” which translates to “I request all of you to pray for me.”

Akhtar, also known as the Rawalpindi Express, is married to Rubab Khan. They tied the knot on June 25, 2014, and are now parents to three children. Their first child, Mohammad Mikaeel Ali, was born in November 2016, and their second son arrived on July 14, 2019.

Akhtar’s cricketing career is as remarkable as his personal life. He is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game. His record of bowling the fastest ball, clocked at 161.3km/h, still stands unbeaten. He represented Pakistan in 46 Test matches, taking 178 wickets with an economy rate of 3.37. In One Day Internationals (ODIs), he appeared in 163 matches and took 247 wickets with a 4.76 economy. Despite his impressive record, Akhtar’s T20 International appearances were limited to 15 matches, in which he took 19 wickets.

However, Akhtar’s career was not without its challenges. He faced numerous injuries throughout his career, which led him to miss the 2007 World Cup. This was a significant blow to Pakistan, which suffered a group-stage exit in the tournament. The 2011 World Cup in India marked his final international tournament for Pakistan. He only played in the group matches and was not included in the knockout stages.

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