Wasim Akram, a former Pakistani fast bowler and one of the finest left-arm pacers of his time, has detailed the hostility he has received in Pakistan as a result of his suspected involvement in match-fixing during his playing career. According to Akram, the present generation in his nation still refers to him as a “match-fixer.”
Wasim Akram addressed the reaction he endures in his native nation despite the affection he receives from other countries such as Australia, England, the West Indies, and India in his newest interview with Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports. Akram believes that the “social media generation” labels people as “match-fixers” without knowing the complete story.
“In Australia, England, West Indies, and India, when they talk about the World XI, when they talk about the best bowler in the world, my name pops up but in Pakistan, this generation, this social media generation, they are the one who comes down, every comment they send, they say, ‘oh, he is a match fixer’, not knowing what it was. I have passed that stage in my life where I have to worry about people,” Akram said in his interview.
Wasim Akram led Pakistan to their first World Cup victory in 1992.
In 1996, the Pakistani great got embroiled in controversy after he was accused of attempting to manipulate Pakistan’s match versus New Zealand in Christchurch. His late exit from Pakistan’s World Cup quarter-final match against India was also questioned after Pakistan lost to their arch-rivals.
With 414 wickets in 104 matches, the former Pakistani cricketer is his country’s highest wicket-taker in the longest version of the game. While his 502 ODI wickets drove him to mythical status, it was his outstanding performance in the 1992 World Cup final against England that established his legacy.
Akram chipped in with a ferocious 18-ball 33 in the first innings before guiding Pakistan to their maiden World Cup title with a brilliant spell of fast bowling at the historic MCG. On a historic night for the Asian Giants, he has crowned matchwinner. He even guided his team to the 1999 World Cup final, cementing his position as one of Pakistan’s best cricketers of all time.