Pakistan news: Wasim Akram finally inducted into the PCB Hall of Fame

Wasim Akram Pakistan
Wasim Akram

In a move that is probably a few years overdue the Pakistan Cricket Board has officially inducted Wasim Akram into its Hall of Fame.

One of the great allrounders and best fast-bowlers to ever play the game, Wasim took a total of 916 wickets and scored 6,615 runs in an international career from 1984 to 2003.

Ahead of the Pakistan Super League match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, Wasim was presented with a commemorative cap and plaque from the PCB by former international rival Sir Viv Richards.

The PCB don’t play fast and loose with their honours and Wasim joins an elite group that includes Abdul Qadir, Fazal Mahmood, Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis and Zaheer Abbas.

The 1992 World Cup winner received the award at what was his home ground for many years, the National Stadium in Karachi.

“I feel privileged to have received this great honour from Sir Vivian Richards, one of the most iconic figures in cricket, and at a venue that remained my home ground during my playing career,” Wasim Akram said.

“I also want to compliment the Pakistan Cricket Board for launching this initiative to recognise and acknowledge the contributions of former cricketers.

“It has been an honour to represent Pakistan over 18 years during which I played in 460 international matches. Every wicket and every run I scored in these matches was priceless. I can’t thank God Almighty enough for providing me the opportunity to serve this great country at the highest level.

“I want to thank all my fans who have been my greatest strengths. Their support has been invaluable. I also want to thank my family and friends who stood beside me during this incredible journey.”

Richards was delighted to be the one handing the awards to Wasim having grown close to his former foe since they hung up their boots.

“I feel delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to formally induct Wasim Akram into the PCB Hall of Fame.

“My first encounter with Wasim Akram was in 1985 in Australia and in the twilight of my career, I was happy I would not be facing him much.

“I clearly remember telling my junior partner that he will cause a lot of problems for his generation of cricketers and Wasim proved me right.

“Wasim has been an outstanding cricketer and a great ambassador for our sport.”