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Fastest delivery of a cricket ball (male)

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  • Who: Shoaib Akhtar

  • What: Fastest delivery of a cricket ball (male)

  • Where: South Africa

The highest electronically measured speed for a ball bowled by any bowler is 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) against England on 22 February 2003 in a World Cup match at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa.

Quote from World Cup communications director: "ICC has always said there is not enough uniformity in the various speed guns around the world for any one performance to be designated official". However many believe this to have been the fastest ball bowled.


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