"Good guy" Akhtar's attitude has been like this from his early years, says Zahid

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Islamabad, Aug 24(ANI): Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has lived a life under the media hammer for various off-field activities, but one person backs his activities, Mohammad Zahid.

Zahid, a former Pakistan fast bowler and the man rumoured to have bowled the fastest delivery ever in international cricket, came up the ranks in first class cricket with Akhtar, and both played together for PIA for three to four years.

Zahid said he was with Akhtar in the Pakistan junior squad and in international stage, and believes that Akhtar's activities come to him naturally.

"His attitude has been like this from the early years! He hasn't changed, it's part of his makeup! He is not a bad character. He is a good guy!," PakPassion.Net quoted Zahid, as saying.

"If I saw him I would give him the brotherly advice and say you have at most one or two years left in your career and concentrate just on cricket, as it would be good for him and for Pakistan if he knuckled down and kept his focus on cricket," Zahid added.

Zahid further said that Akhtar's fitness has always been dodgy, and said that his body's anatomical condition is such that he would not be able to keep on bowling.

"His body's anatomical condition is such that it isn't made to play say 5 tests in a series for example. He can play 1 test and then he will say rest him, so his body and his joints can recover. This way he can play for 1 or 2 years longer," Zahid said.

Zahid also said that Pakistani selectors should back Akhtar snd bear with him for just one or two years more, as he deserves to carry on playing. (ANI)

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