Wasim Akram, a former captain of Pakistan, is regarded as one of the game’s greatest pacers. The left-arm seamer was known for swinging the ball left, right, and centre, but when it started to reverse, he was an entirely other story. Akram, though, has frequently discussed how some Pakistanis still think he is a match-fixer despite being accused of it earlier in his career.
In an interview with Wide World of Sports, Akram brought up the fact that Pakistan’s young social media generation continues to refer to him as a match-fixer. He also discussed how the people in India, Australia, England, and the West Indies show him a lot of love. “In Australia, England, West Indies and India, when they talk about the World XI, when they talk about the best bowler in the world, my name pops up but in Pakistan, this generation, this social media generation, they are the one who come down, every comment they send, they say, ‘oh, he is a match fixer’, not knowing what it was,” said Akram.
“I have passed that stage in my life where I have to worry about people,” he stated further. The 1996 World Cup quarterfinal loss to India and Akram’s late withdrawal from the game between Pakistan and New Zealand in Christchurch were both the subject of rumours.
Wasim Akram played for his nation in 104 Test matches and recorded 414 wickets, which is still the most for a Pakistani bowler. Additionally, he took 502 wickets in 356 ODIs. 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.