Wasim Akram’s car was attacked by unknown assailants in Karachi on Wednesday. The former Pakistan Test captain was on his way to the National Stadium when his car was fired upon. Akram escaped unhurt.
Akram has recently taken up a coaching assignment with Pakistan Cricket Board. He is training upcoming pacers in Karachi. Akram spends most of the time commentating on cricket from various venues around the world.
Akram’s car was caught in a traffic accident and an altercation followed. During this exchange, someone fired and a bullet hit the tyre of Akram’s car, in what seems to be a case of road rage.
Police said Akram was not the intended target but was lucky to escape the bullet. However, the 49-year-old legend said the car deliberately rammed into his vehicle from behind. Akram was not at the wheels.
“A car hit mine, I stopped him and then his guy stepped out and fired at my car,” he said live on the Express News channel.
“He was definitely an official, I have noted the number of the car and given it to the police.” (PCB Launches New Talent Programme – Post Video, Get Picked!)
Karachi is one of Pakistan’s most violent and unpredictable cities, racked on a daily basis by ethnic, political, sectarian and criminal bloodshed.
Akram, Pakistan’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker with 414 in 104 matches, is one of the country’s best loved sportsmen. He retired from playing in 2003 and is currently running a Pakistan Cricket Board fast bowling training camp at the National Stadium.
Along with right-arm partner Waqar Younis, he formed one of the most fearsome fast bowling partnerships in cricket history, leading Pakistan to their sole World Cup title in 1992.
(With inputs from Yusra Askari, Agencies)