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Shoaib Akhtar’s career timeline after the Pakistan pace bowler on Thursday announced his departure from international cricket after the World Cup.

1996: Removed from the team for the Sahara Cup against India in Canada on grounds of indiscipline.

1997: Akhtar makes his Test debut against the West Indies in November at his home ground in Rawalpindi, taking two wickets.

1999 February: Akhtar dismisses Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid off successive deliveries in the Calcutta Test, which Pakistan win to lift the Asian Test championship. Earns nickname of “Rawalpindi Express”

1999 December: Akhtar’s action called for the first time, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) allows him to carry as only his bouncer causes concerns.

2000 March: Banned for one ODI and fined for reaching team hotel late in Pakistan

2001: Akhtar’s action called for second time after taking five wickets in New Zealand.

2001 November: Action called for third time in Sharjah, after which Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) carries out examination at University of Western Australia which concludes his action is result of “unique physical characteristics” which form basis of him being cleared to continue.

2002 November: Reprimanded for ball-tampering and banned for one ODI after throwing water bottle at a spectator in Zimbabwe.

2003 May: Banned for two ODIs and fined 75 percent of match fee for ball-tampering during a tri-series in Sri Lanka

2003 March: Akhtar bowled at 100mph in Pakistan’s match against England at Cape Town, becoming the first bowler in the history of the game to break the 100mph barrier.

2003 October: Banned for one Test and two ODIs for abusing Paul Adams in the first Test against South Africa, after taking eight wickets in the match to help Pakistan win. In second Test against New Zealand, helps Pakistan win with seven-wicket burst (11 in the match).

2004 March: Akhtar accused of feigning injury after Pakistan lost Test series to archrivals India 2-1.

2006 October: Akhtar and Mohammad Asif test positive for banned steroid nandrolone. Akhtar banned for two years and Asif for one year, bans which were lifted on appeal.

2007 September: Akhtar hits Asif with a bat, two days before the World Twenty20 in South Africa. A month later the PCB fine and ban him for 13 one-day matches

2008 January: Excluded from list of central contracts. A fuming Akhtar criticizes the PCB. A disciplinary committee bans him for five years. Punishment reduced to 18 months on appeal, but fine imposed

2009 May: PCB drop him from World Twenty20 squad.

2011 January: Selected in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, despite coach Waqar Younis saying he is not 100 percent fit.

2011 March: Akhtar announces he will retire after the World Cup

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