Wasim Akram has opened up on his struggle with a cocaine addiction after his playing career ended, check out what happened to Huma Akram.
Wasim Akram : Cocaine addiction | Huma Akram
A left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace, he holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket, with 881, and he is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets, with 502 in total.
He is considered to be one of the founders, and perhaps the finest exponent of, reverse swing bowling.
He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket, and he did so during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002, Wisden released its only list of best players of all time.
Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time, with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath and Muralitharan.
Wasim Akram cocaine addiction
Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling legend Wasim Akram has revealed that he was addicted to cocaine.
The 1992 World Cup-winner said this in an interview to the Times, according to a BBC report. Akram said that he has made these revelations in his new autobiography that is soon to be released.
Apart from playing a crucial role in Pakistan winning the 1992 World Cup, he also captained his country to the final of the 1999 ICC World Cup and is widely regarded as the best left-arm fast bowler to have played the game.
The 56-year-old said that he started using cocaine while working as a television pundit around the world.
Akram revealed that he at first tried to keep this part of his life a secret from his first wife Huma.
“It started innocuously enough when I was offered a line at a party in England; my use grew steadily more serious, to the point that I felt I needed it to function.”Huma, I know, was often lonely in this time, she would talk of her desire to move to Karachi, to be nearer her parents and siblings. I was reluctant.”Why? Partly because I liked going to Karachi on my own, pretending it was work when it was actually about partying, often for days at a time,” Akram was quoted as saying.Akram represented Pakistan in 104 Tests, picking up 414 wickets, which remains the highest for a Pakistani bowler. He also picked 502 wickets in 356 ODIs.
Akram married Huma Mufti in 1995. They had two sons from their marriage of 14 years: Tahmoor (born 1996) and Akbar (born 2000).
Huma died of multiple organ failure at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, on 25 October 2009.
Huma was suffering from sepsis (an inflammation of several tissues, including blood leading to kidney failure) and was admitted to Apollo Hospital on Tuesday after developing complications mid-air while on her way to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore from Pakistan.
She was accompanied by Wasim Akram.
At Apollo Hospital, she was in the intensive care unit (ICU) since then and died on Sunday morning without regaining consciousness.
“I would say that I have been lucky twice in my life as my late wife was an amazing lady, I miss her so much, she taught me a lot in my life. She gave me two beautiful sons, I have been lucky twice as Shaniera is also an amazing woman. And guys, relationships always work from both sides” said Akram.
Later, the cricketer married Australian Shaniera Akram who has open-heartedly honoured and adored our nation.