After more than 17 years, Pakistan is hosting England for a Test tour. Michael Vaughan led the English side on their last visit to Pakistan in 2005. The opening game of the three-match series takes place in Rawalpindi on December 1. In the 2005 series, Pakistan’s former fast Shoaib Akhtar had a standout performance, taking 17 wickets throughout the three games as the hosts beat England 2-0.

Akhtar remembered the 2005 series against England and spoke about his furious argument with former English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff before the commencement of the series. Flintoff said of Akhtar after the ICC Super Series in 2005, which occurred just before the trip, that he “looked like Tarzan but bowled like Jane.”

In response, Akhtar remarked, “I was on the tip of my couch wondering if I was going to be picked for the series or not,” in an interview with The Guardian. When I was, Freddie Flintoff served as my primary inspiration.

Flintoff was three times dismissed by Akhtar during the Test series, and the bowler later disclosed what he said to the English all-rounder during the altercation.

“I began bowling bouncers after putting Freddie on my radar. He was uneasy, so I took him outside and asked him, “How do I look Mr. Flintoff, like Tarzan or Jane?”

Please pardon me, Shoaib, he said. Within three weeks, you change into two distinct persons. You used to be unfit and negative, but now you’ve changed completely. What occurred? A lot of pills and much more heart, I remarked. Akhtar went on to recollect.

In 46 Test matches, the former Pakistani speedster played for the team and claimed 178 wickets. In 163 one-day international matches, Akhtar racked up 247 wickets, making him the quickest bowler in cricket history. He still holds the record for the fastest ball ever recorded in international cricket with a delivery that clocked in at 161 kph against New Zealand in 2002.