Wasim Akram to tell some untold stories in upcoming biography

Wasim Akram says he has made some “startling revelations” in his biography.–Photo courtesy Wasim Akram (Instagram)

DUBAI — “Finally you will know the truth & my side of the story!” reads a tweet by legendary Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram who is going to launch his biography in November this year.

“SULTAN a memoir “Wasim Akram” by Gideon Haigh will be out in November 2022 but you can pre order right now at https://smarturl.it/SultanbyWasimAkram. Global distribution dates to be shared soon…,” the latest tweet by Wasim Akram reads.

In the latest interview to a newspaper, the former Pakistani skipper has said he has made some “startling revelations” in his biography about the Justice Qayyum Commission on match-fixing, cricketing personalities, his cricketing career and his personal life.

In the interview, Wasim Akram said the book would be translated into many languages, including Urdu.

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Also in his book, which will be launched within a few weeks, Wasim Akram has shared some memories from the 1992 World Cup and his interactions with the then captain of the Pakistan cricket team Imran Khan.

The ‘Sultan of Swing’ also said he has told some stories in his biography that remain untold until today.

In the 1990s, Wasim Akram had been the focus of an investigation into match-fixing conducted by a high-profile commission. The commission, set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was headed by Justice Malik Qayyum of the Lahore High Court.

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The commission released its report in 2000 and held several Pakistani cricketers, including Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman, responsible for match-fixing.

Mentioning Wasim Akram in the final inquiry report on match-fixing, the commission said: “The evidence against Wasim Akram has not come up to the requisite level, primarily because of Ata-ur-Rehman’s perjuring himself. This Commission is willing to give him the benefit of doubt.

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“However, there has been some evidence to cast doubt on his integrity. As such, this Commission recommends that he be removed from the captaincy of the Pakistan Cricket Team and a person of impeccable character be appointed.

“Moreover, he should be censured, kept under watch, and his finances should be investigated.”

Later, the commission had imposed a Rs300,000 fine on Wasim Akram on the basis of its findings.

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