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17 March 201116:51

Shoaib Akhtar quits with no regrets

Shoaib Akhtar will quit international cricket after the CWC

Shoaib Akhtar quits with no regrets - Cricket News

Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar.

Pakistan's maverick paceman Shoaib Akhtar, whose colourful career has been a heady mix of on-field brilliance and off-field controversy, will quit international cricket after the World Cup.

Akhtar made up his mind after Pakistan's 110-run defeat against New Zealand, in which he went for 70 runs in his nine overs.

"I have decided to retire. Mentally I wanted to go on forever but I have decided to make way for the youngsters," the 35-year-old said on Thursday.

"I have no regrets. I made lots of friends but some people have misunderstood me. I thank all the players who played with me and against me."

"It was an honour to have played with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. I never imagined I would play for Pakistan. It was my greatest moment."

"Pakistan's last match in this World Cup will also be my last. I hope that will be the final on April 2."

After his mauling against New Zealand, Akhtar was rested for the match against Zimbabwe on Monday and was thought to be an unlikely starter for Saturday's last Group A match against Australia.

Akhtar, who made his international debut in 1997, took 178 wickets in 46 Tests, the last of which was against India at Bangalore in 2007.

He is three wickets short of 250 in 163 one-day internationals and has taken 19 wickets in 15 Twenty20 internationals.