Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar celebrates Image credit: Reuters
Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar celebrates Image credit: Reuters

Shoaib Akhtar, who represented his country in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is was renowned for his breathtaking speed and the record of the fastest recorded delivery in the history of cricket – 161kmph.

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday took to Twitter and announced that he was dissociating himself from his upcoming biopic ‘The Rawalpindi Express.’ He added that ‘failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations” had led him to take this decision.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Credits: Twitter)

Shoaib Akhtar Dissociates Himself From His Film Rawalpindi Express And Its Makers

In July last year, Shoaib Akhtar had unveiled the motion poster of the movie that was set to release on November 13 in 2023. However, in his latest social media post, the former Pakistan pacer has informed that he has “cut ties” with the makers of the film.

“Very sadly, I would like to inform all of you that after careful consideration of months, I have decided to dissociate myself from the film Rawalpindi Express & its makers by terminating the agreement through my management and legal team. Definitely, it was a dream project and I tried a lot to prevent and stay in the boat but unfortunately, things were not going well.” 

Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan
Shoaib Akhtar [Image Credits: Google]

” Failure to resolve disagreements amicably and constant contractual violations finally resulted in us cutting ties with them. Therefore I have left the project after complying with all legal protocols of revoking the rights to the story of my life. Severe legal action will be taken if the makers continue to make biography film and use my name and life story events in any way ” Shoaib Akhtar said.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar also warned the makers of “severe legal action” if they continue to make his biography film and use his name or life story events in any way. The movie was  expected to release by the end of this year.

The former Pakistan 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 batters. He holds the record of the fastest recorded delivery in cricket.

The Pakistan Cricket Board is likely to appoint former pacer Shoaib Akhtar as the team’s bowling consultant. Shoaib Akhtar had expressed his interest in taking up the role in many of his media interactions post his retirement.

Shoaib Akhtar Had Shared A Motion Poster Of His Film Rawalpindi Express In July 2022

The film is directed by Muhammad Faraz Qaiser, written by Qaiser Nawaz and produced under the banner of Q Films Productions. The Pakistan pacer had shared a motion poster of the film in July last year.

“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. First foreign film about a Pakistani Sportsman. Controversially yours, Shoaib Akhtar” – Akhtar had said on Twitter back then.

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Brett Lee Getty Images

Shoaib Akhtar had also revealed that his famous 100mph delivery will be shown in the film and Australian speedster Brett Lee is expected to play a cameo in the movie.