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Wasim Akram (born 3 June 1966) is a Pakistani cricket commentator,
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, and former
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of the
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. Known as the "King of Reverse Swing" or the "Sultan of Swing", Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. In October 2013, Wasim Akram was the only Pakistani cricketer to be named in an all-time Test World XI to mark the 150th anniversary of ''
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who could bowl with significant pace, he holds the world record for most wickets in
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, with 881, and he is second only to Sri Lankan
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bowler
Muttiah Muralitharan Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan ( ta, முத்தையா முரளிதரன், si, මුත්තයියා මුරලිදරන් also spelt Muralidaran; born 1972) is a Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan cricket coach, forme ...

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,
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bowling. He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket 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
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,
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Imran Khan
,
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,
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,
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and Muralitharan. Wasim took 23 four-wicket hauls in 356 ODI matches played. On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the
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. He was the bowling coach of
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. However, he took a break from the position for
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, citing a need to spend more time with family in Karachi, and he took a further break from IPL 2017; and was replaced by Lakshmipathy Balaji. He was working as director and bowling coach of
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in
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, until he left to join
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in August 2017. In October 2018, he was named in the
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's seven-member advisory cricket committee. In November 2018, he joined PSL franchise, Karachi Kings, as a President. The Government of Pakistan awarded him the
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on 23 March 2019 for his life time achievements In field of Cricket.


Early and personal life

Wasim Akram was born on 3 June 1966 to a Punjabi family in
Lahore Lahore (; pnb, ; ; ur, ; ) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab Punjab (; ; ; ; also as Panjāb or Panj-Āb) is a geopolitical, cultural, and in , specifically in the northern part of the , comprising areas of east ...

Lahore
. Akram's father, Chaudhary Muhammed Akram, was originally from a village near
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Amritsar
, who moved to Kamonki, in the
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Pakistani Punjab
after the
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partition of India
in 1947. He was educated at Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore. At the age of 30, Akram was diagnosed with
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diabetes
. "I remember what a shock it was because I was a healthy sportsman with no history of diabetes in my family, so I didn't expect it at all. It seemed strange that it happened to me when I was 30, but it was a very stressful time and doctors said that can trigger it." Since then he has sought to be involved in various awareness campaigns for diabetes. 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
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at Apollo Hospital in
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Chennai
,
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India
, on 25 October 2009. On 7 July 2013, it was reported that Akram had become engaged to an
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woman, Shaniera Thompson, whom he had met while on a visit to
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Melbourne
in 2011. Akram married Shaniera on 12 August 2013, saying he has started a new life on a happy note. He was quoted as saying: "I married Shaniera in Lahore in a simple ceremony, and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife, and for my kids." He moved from
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Lahore
to
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Karachi
with his wife and children. On 3 September 2014, the couple
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that they were expecting their first baby—the third child of the Akram family. On 27 December 2014, Shaniera gave birth to a baby girl, Aiyla Sabeen Rose Akram, in Melbourne.


Domestic career

In 1988, Akram signed for
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in England. From 1988 to 1998, he opened their bowling attack in their
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,
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, and Sunday League tournaments. He was a favourite of the local British fans, who used to sing a song called "Wasim for England" at Lancashire's matches. In 1998, with Akram as captain, Lancashire won the NatWest Trophy and Sunday League and finished second in the
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, having lost only five matches in all competitions during the season. Retrieved on 11 October 2008.


International career


Test cricket

Akram made his
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debut for
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against
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in 1985, and in his second Test match, he claimed 10 wickets. A few weeks prior to his selection into the Pakistan team, he was an unknown club cricketer who had failed to make it even to his college team. He came to the trials at
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in Lahore in Pakistan, but for the first two days he did not get a chance to bowl. On the third day, he got a chance; his performance convincing
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to insist upon his inclusion in the national team. Akram was hence given an opportunity to play for Pakistan, without any significant domestic experience. Akram's rise in
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was rapid during the late 1980s. He was a part of the Pakistan team that toured the West Indies in 1988. However, a groin injury impeded his career in the late 1980s. Following two surgeries, he re-emerged in the 1990s as a fast bowler who focused more on swing and accurate bowling. Wasim Akram is currently the highest wicket taker for Pakistan in test cricket with 414 wickets.


One Day International

Akram started his ODI career against New Zealand in Pakistan in 1984 under the captaincy of
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. He rose to prominence by taking five wickets in his 3rd ODI against Australia in the 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship. His wickets included those of
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, Dean Jones, and captain
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. Wasim Akram is currently the highest wicket taker for Pakistan in One Day International cricket


Early days

In the 1984–85 Rothmans Four-Nations Cup and the 1985–86 Rothmans Sharjah Cup, Akram took five wickets with a run rate of less than 3.50. The 1985–1986
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involved
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,
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,
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, Pakistan and
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, and was played in
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Sharjah
,
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UAE
. Akram, with the help of
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, bowled out New Zealand's batting line-up for 64 in the second semi-final of the cup. Pakistan won that game with more than 27 overs to spare, obtaining one of the biggest wins in Pakistani history. In the final against India, he and
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shared five wickets. Akram's wickets included
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and
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Ravi Shastri
. In the 1987 Cricket World Cup held for the 1st time in
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South Asia
, Akram struggled on Pakistani pitches; he managed only 7 wickets throughout, with an average of over 40 runs per wicket across all 7 matches. Akram played
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, Sri Lanka and
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twice. All group matches were played in Pakistan. In the 1988–89 Benson and Hedges World Series, Akram managed figures of 4 for 25 against Australia.


Emergence

Akram took his hundredth wicket at
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during the 1989–1990 Champions Trophy, the 2nd Match against West Indies. His 100th wicket was that of
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. In that match, he took a five-wicket haul for the second time in his career. In the same match, Akram took his first hat-trick against
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. All three batsman were bowled out. On 4 May 1990 in Sharjah, Akram took his second ODI hat-trick against
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Australia
. All three batsmen were bowled this time as well. His best years in the late 1980s were from 1986 to 1989, during which time he took 100 wickets at 22.71 runs per wicket, and his economy rate was less than 3.9 runs per over, with a total of four 4-wicket hauls. His first two hauls against
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and
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came in Sri Lanka in 1986. Up until December 1991, Akram took 143 wickets in 107 matches, with an average of almost 24 and an economy rate of 3.84.


World's best

Akram was a significant figure in the 1992 Cricket World Cup held in
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Australia
and New Zealand when Pakistan won the tournament. In the final, against England national cricket team, England, his innings of 33 runs off 19 balls pushed Pakistan to a score of 249 runs for 6 wickets. Akram then took the wicket of Ian Botham early on during the English batting innings; and, when brought back into the bowling attack later on, with the ball reverse swinging, he produced a spell of bowling which led to Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis (cricketer), Chris Lewis being bowled in successive deliveries in one over. His performances earned him the Man of the Match#Cricket, Man of the Match award for the final. In 1993, Akram took two consecutive 4-wicket hauls against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, in which 7 out of 8 wickets were either LBW or bowled. In the 1992–1993 Total International Series in South Africa (involving Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa), he took 5 wickets against South Africa and got his 200th wicket in his 143rd match. Akram took 46 wickets in calendar year 1993, his best year ever in ODIs. His average was less than 19, with an economy rate of less than 3.8 runs per over. He took six 4-wicket hauls in 1993, the most by him in any year. In the 1996 Cricket World Cup, Akram missed the quarterfinal match against India which Pakistan lost and went out of the World Cup. Wasim's great career was often tainted by controversy, not least in the Caribbean in April 1993, his maiden tour as Pakistan's captain. During the team's stop-over in Grenada, he was arrested along with three teammates—
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, Aaqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed (cricketer), Mushtaq Ahmed—and two female British tourists; he was charged with possession of marijuana. Between 1994 and 1996, he took 84 wickets in 39 matches. From January 1992 to December 1997, Akram played 131 matches and took 198 wickets at an average of 21.86, with 14 4-wicket hauls in ODIs.


Late career

In 1999, he led Pakistan to the finals of the World Cup where they capitulated and were defeated by Australia in the final by eight wickets with almost 30 overs to spare. This was the start of the match-fixing controversies, as critics believed Akram had set up the match for Australia. However, none of the allegations could be proved. He was Pakistan's best bowler in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, taking 12 wickets in 6 matches. However, Pakistan failed to reach the super six of the tournament, and Akram was one of the eight players to be sacked by the
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as a result.


Records

Akram won 17 Man-of-the-Match awards in 104 Tests. He took four hat-tricks in international cricket—two in ODIs and two in Tests. As a result, he shares the record for most international hat-tricks with Lasith Malinga. He finished with 22 Man-of-the-Match awards in ODIs. In 199 ODI match wins, he took 326 wickets at under 19 apiece with a run rate of 3.70 and took 18 four-wicket hauls. His 257 not-out against Zimbabwe in 1996 is the highest innings by a number-8 batsman in Tests. He hit 12 sixes in that game, and it stands to this day as the record for the most sixes by any player in a single Test innings. Prior to his retirement, he was one of eight senior players dropped for the Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup 2003, 2003 Sharjah Cup, and was then omitted from the Pakistan squad for the subsequent Bank Alfalah Cup triangular series. Due to his omission from the team, he did not participate in a farewell match. Akram fulfilled his contract play for Hampshire until the end of the English season.


Post retirement


Media career

Since retiring from cricket, Akram has worked and taken up commentary for television networks and can currently be seen as a sports commentator for ESPN Star Sports and ARY Digital among others. He did commentary on a variety of sporting tournaments including the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup in Australia, the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England, the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, and the 2011 ICC World Cup in
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India
, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


Coaching career

In 2010, Akram was appointed the bowling coach consultant of
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, the Indian Premier League team for Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly was always keen to have Akram as the bowling coach for India, during the former's stint as Indian captain. Although this never happened, his dreams were realised to some extent, when Akram was appointed as the bowling coach cum mentor for the franchise. Akram has thus been playing a vital role in the grooming of Indian pacers like Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who owe their success in international cricket a lot to the bowling legend. While working for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was also responsible for the signing of Pakistani domestic left-arm fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan. Akram has also been coaching in Pakistan fast bowling camps, his most notable discovery being the teenage Pakistani bowlers Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan (cricketer), Junaid Khan. Akram has also worked as director and bowling coach of PSL franchise
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during 2016 Pakistan Super League, 2016 and 2017 Pakistan Super League, 2017 season. He has also worked with
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as director and bowling coach. He is currently chairman and bowling coach of Karachi Kings. He is also currently the Vice President of Kashmir Premier League (Pakistan), Kashmir Premier League.


Playing style and legacy

During his professional career he bowled with genuine speed and hostility. Akram was a man possessed of accurate control of line and length, accompanied by seam bowling, seam and swing bowling skills, extended to both inswingers and outswingers. With a very quick bowling action, he could bowl equally well from both sides of the wicket. His mastery of
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with the cricket ball meant he was at his most dangerous towards the end of a bowling innings, and earned him the nickname of one of the "Sultans of Swing", the other one being
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. As well as often being able to find the edge of the bat, Akram would also focus his bowling attack on the stump (cricket), stumps and had a particularly lethal inswinging yorker. Of his 414 Test wickets, 193 were taken caught, 119 were taken leg before wicket and 102 were bowled. In partnership with
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, he intimidated international batsmen in the 1990s. Together Wasim and Waqar, known as "the two Ws" of the Pakistani team, were one of the most successful bowling partnerships in cricket. With the bat he was especially effective against spin bowlers. However, he liked to slog and was criticised for his lack of high scores and giving away his wicket too cheaply. In October 1996 he scored 257 runs not out, of the team's total of 553 against lowly Zimbabwe cricket team, Zimbabwe on a typical flat
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n pitch at Sheikhupura. He also achieved good scores for the Pakistan team such as his scores of 123 and 45* against Australia to take Pakistan to victory in a low scoring match. His batting was also valuable sometimes to the Pakistan ODI side, such as in the Nehru Cup (cricket), Nehru Cup in 1989, when needing six runs and two balls to win the match, he hit the first delivery he faced, from part-time off-spinner and batting legend, Viv Richards, for a six and secured the cup. West Indian batting great Viv Richards rates Akram as best fast bowler he ever faced after Dennis Lillee. In December 2012 after Ricky Ponting announced his retirement he said that Wasim Akram and
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were the toughest bowlers he had faced "Akram for the exact opposite, you could get a few runs off him, but you just knew there was an unplayable ball around the corner, be it with an old ball or with a new ball," – Ricky Ponting. To mark 150 years of the Cricketers' Almanack, Wisden named him in an all-time Test World XI.


Beyond cricket


Book

He co-wrote his autobiography ''Wasim'' (1998) with the British sports journalist Pat Murphy (sports journalist), Patrick Murphy.


Modelling

Akram was a model at the Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2011, which was an event of Style 360.


Business

In 2018, Akram joined Cricingif as a stakeholder director.


Television


Award and records

Akram was awarded Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1993 for his sporting achievements. He was awarded 2nd Lux Style Awards, Lux Style Award for Most Stylish Sports Person in 2003. * In his Test cricket, Test career, Akram took 414 wickets in 104 matches, a Pakistani record, at an bowling average, average of 23.62 and scored 2,898 runs, at an batting average (cricket), average of 22.64.Test Career Bowling – Most Wickets
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* In One Day Internationals, Akram took 502 wickets in 356 appearances, at an average of 23.52 and scored 3,717 runs, at an average of 16.52. * Akram was the first bowler in international cricket to take more than 400 wickets in both forms of the game and only
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has since achieved this. * Akram also held the record for the most wickets in Cricket World Cups, a total of 55 in 38 matches. Australia national cricket team, Australia's
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broke the record during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, ending with a final tally of 71 from 39 matches. On passing Wasim's record, McGrath said, "Wasim Akram, to me, is one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Left-armer, swung it both ways with the new ball and he was so dangerous with the old ball. To go past him is something I will always remember. Probably the other side of the coin is that if you play long enough, you're going to break records here and there." He is currently the fourth highest wicket taker in world cups. * Akram is the only bowler to have achieved four Hat-trick (cricket), hat-tricks in international cricket, with two each in Tests and One Day Internationals. He was the third of only four bowlers to have taken two Test cricket hat-tricks, the others being Hugh Trumble, Jimmy Matthews and Stuart Broad. Akram was also the first of only five bowlers to have taken two One Day International cricket hat-tricks. Akram's Test hat-tricks are significant, since they were taken in consecutive Test matches in the same series, a game played against Sri Lanka in the 1998-99 Asian Test Championship. Akram is also one of only two bowlers to have taken both a Test match and One Day International hat-trick, the other being Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Sami. * Playing in a Test series against the West Indies national cricket team, West Indies at Lahore in 1990–1991, he became one of only six players to have taken four wickets in an over during a Test match. In Akram's case, these achievement was not part of a hat-trick, the third ball he delivered to the batting opposition was a dropped catch, which allowed a single run. * Akram has also achieved the highest score by a number eight batsman in Test cricket when he scored 257 runs not out from 363 balls against Zimbabwe national cricket team, Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura. The innings contained 12 six (cricket), sixes which is also a world record for Test cricket. * He also has the joint-third highest number of Man of the Match awards in Test cricket, with seventeen. * He has scored the second-highest number of runs in One Day International matches by a player who has never scored a One Day International hundred, after Misbah-ul-Haq. His highest score was 86 runs. * He is the only Test cricketer in the world (as of Feb 2013) to take ten or more wickets thrice in a test match and still end up on the losing side. * He holds the record for facing the most balls in a test match as well as in an innings as number 8 batsman (363 balls) * First bowler to take 500 ODI wickets and still holds the record for taking the most ODI wickets as seamer (502) * He holds the record for taking the most wickets in ODI history at a single ground (122, Sharjah Cricket Stadium), also the first person to grab 100+ ODI wickets at the same ground.
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, the second person to grab 100+ ODI wickets at a single ground, also did in Sharjah. He ranks second overall with 114 wickets. * Holds the record for taking the most ODI wickets as captain (158)


Controversies

In 1992, after he had been successful against the English batsmen, accusations of ball tampering began to appear in the English media, though no video evidence of foul play was ever found. Akram and Younis had been able to obtain prodigious amounts of movement from both new and old cricket balls. The skill of the
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delivery was relatively unknown in England and around the cricketing world during that period. A far larger controversy was created when critics alleged that he was involved in match fixing. An inquiry commission was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board headed by a Pakistan high court judge, Malik Mohammad Qayyum. The judge wrote in his report that:Justice Qayyum's Report
ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved on 1 May 2007.


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