Shoaib Akhtar’s recent face-off with popular Pakistan singer and actor Ali Zafar in the field has caught the attention of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals. The fiery duel saw Zafar take on arguably the fastest bowler to play the game, though Akhtar’s formidable pace proved too hot to handle for the charismatic celebrity.
Days after the sizzling battle, Royals presented a challenge to Zafar to take on England’s tearaway speedster Jofra Archer. The young pace sensation took the cricketing world by storm with brilliant bowling spells during the ICC World Cup and followed it up with a decent display in the Ashes.
Reacting to the challenge, Akhtar expressed his readiness to witness Archer bowling to Zafar and asked the inaugural IPL champions to decide a place and time. It remains to be seen whether the Royals and Archer take up the offer, though fans would surely want such a contest to take place.