When Shoaib Akhtar striked 100mph barrier

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In 2002, Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar became the first man to break the 100mph barrier when he was clocked bowling to Craig McMillan at 100.04mph (161kph) during a one-day international against New Zealand in Lahore.

The record remained unofficial – the ICC refused to sanction it as it did not have a standard measuring tool.

The previous fastest recorded speed was 99.8mph by Australia’s Jeff Thomson in 1975, although that did not take place during a match.

With inputs from ESPNcricinfo

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