Karachi (June 3, 2017): Wasim Akram, a legendary Pakistani cricketer, captain and outstanding bowler is one of those who will always be remembered in the history of Pakistan’s cricket.
The left-arm fast bowler was born on June 3, 1966 in Lahore. Akram’s father, Chaudhary Muhammed Akram was originally from a village near Amritsar in east Punjab, India who moved to Kamonki, Punjab, after partition of India in 1947.
Senior Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad recognized his talent when Wasim appeared in a trial conducted at Gaddafi Stadium and recommended his inclusion into the national team in 1980s.
Wasim Akram andImran Khan at Pindi club ground on October 13, 1987.
In 1988 Akram signed for Lancashire County Cricket Club in England.
Akram made his Test cricket debut for Pakistan against New Zealand in 1985 and in his second Test match, he claimed 10 wickets.
Akram was a significant figure in the 1992 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, when Pakistan won the tournament. In the final, against England, his innings of 33 runs off 19 balls pushed Pakistan to a score of 249 runs for 6 wickets.
Akram married Huma Mufti in 1995. They have two sons Tahmoor and Akbar from their marriage of fifteen years. Huma died of multiple organ failure at Apollo Hospital in Chennai on 25 October 2009.
In 1999, he led Pakistan to the brink of victory in the World Cup before they capitulated and was defeated by Australia in the final.
He was Pakistan’s best bowler in the 2003 Cricket World Cup taking 12 wickets in 6 matches.
On May 18, 2003, Wasim Akram had announced that he was retiring from international cricket with immediate effect. He fulfilled his contract for Hampshire until the end of the English season.
Since retiring from cricket, Akram has worked and taken up commentary for television networks.
Waseem Akram married with an Australian woman Shaniera on 12 August 2013.