Lahore, Feb 20 (UNI): Wasim Akram, member of the 1992 World Cup-winning team, on Sunday was inducted in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Hall of Fame.
Vivian Richards, an ICC Hall of Famer, formally inducted Akram into the exclusive list by presenting him a commemorative cap and plaque before the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators.
Akram has claimed a total of 916 wickets and scored 6,615 runs in an international career from 1984 to 2003.
On receiving the top honour, he said, “I feel privileged to have received this great honour from Sir Vivian Richards, one of the iconic figures in cricket, and at a venue that remained my home ground during my playing career. 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,” he added.
Richards said, “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.”