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Shoaib Akhtar

World’s fastest bowler and former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has announced the launch of his upcoming biopic aptly titled Rawalpindi Express – Running against the odds.

Taking to his social media, the former bowler shared the motion poster of the film.

“Beginning of this beautiful journey. Announcing the launch of my story, my life, my biopic, “RAWALPINDI EXPRESS – Running against the odds”. You’re in for a ride you’ve never taken before,” he wrote.

Biopics on sports stars are nothing new in Bollywood. However, Pakistanis haven’t seen stories about their cricketing legends on television or in films. Even Shoaib recognizes it as he mentions that it is the first foreign film about a Pakistani sportsman:

“First foreign film about a Pakistani Sportsman. Controversially yours, Shoaib Akhtar.”

The film is made by Muhammad Faraz Qaiser and will release on November 16, 2023.

During a Q&A session after the big announcement, Shoaib revealed a few interesting details about the project. He shared with his fans that they will get to see his 100mph delivery and Brett Lee in the film.

The burning question is is this film going to be his big film debut? And he even answered that…

The former Pakistan cricket team pacer played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is taking 178, 247 and 19 wickets in the three formats respectively. However, more than the number of his wickets, it was his speed that terrified batsmen. He holds the record of the fastest recorded delivery in cricket of 161kmph (vs New Zealand, 2002).

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