Hats off to our cricketing squad, which has broken the myth of Australian teams invincibility it had maintained for the last 34 World Cup fixtures, and has qualified for the quarter final round. The entire team played as one unit and ended up doing better in both bowling and batting. The credit goes to young players like Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Abdur Rehman and also to Umar Gul and Younus Khan for their temperament and contribution to the success against the reigning world champions. The nation celebrated the victory against Aussies in a big way: dancing on the streets, distributing sweats and doing aerial firing. The cricket fever is at its peak and there is big hope that Pakistan may end up winning the highest cricket title. According to cricketing pundits, as we have now to play against West Indies in the quarter finals, our chances of marching into the semi-finals are quite bright. Pakistan is being projected as the next World Champion by the bookies. But what was most noticeable in the Saturday game against Australia was Shoaib Akhtar not playing. Not just Ponting, but many other Australian players and former players writing in their columns have been saying that Rawalpindi Express is the most dreaded bowler in the game of cricket today. As Shoaib announced he would retire after the World Cup, it was all the more appropriate to include him in the eleven. There is hardly any doubt that he still holds certain enviable records. He would long be remembered as a bowler crossing the speed of 100 miles per hour. With his departure from the cricket field, a glorious chapter of fast bowling would come to an end. The selectors should give it a thought and ensure that this great cricketing hero is provided with an opportunity to play in the remaining games of the World Cup since he has the capacity to do wonders on the field. Even his last appearance was excellent. Although he did not take any wicket, he contained the opponents from making too many runs. If Pakistan plays final in India, cricket fans there would love to see Shoaib Akhtar in action.