Wasim Akram – an international face
June 24, 2011
Wasim Akram – an international face, is not just a recognition he has achieved but a phenomenon envied by many. The journey started from the narrow streets of Mozzang, Lahore has taken him to be the bowling Coach for Kolkata Knight Riders; and he has gathered a loyal fan following on the way.
The Sultan of Swing is not only a bowling guru to many youngsters today but an incredibly strong individual too. He was diagnosed with diabetes at the peak of his career and chose to turn it into a source of inspiration to other diabetics around the world. He is the official face of Accu-Check Performa by Roche and works to spread awareness about diabetes, its cure and preventive measures.
In his county cricket experience as the opening bowler for Lancashire’s County Cricket Club, the local British fans were so proud of his association with the club that they even had a song for him, ‘Wasim for England’. A lot of Pakistani cricketers were and are associated with different cricket counties in England but it seems that the lady luck had a softer corner for our very own King of Swing.
He was popular in all the land that played cricket and the legend of Wasim Akram, an international face raised even high after his retirement when he became increasingly popular in the media; first with his cricket commentaries, his presence as guest judge in sport-related reality shows and most importantly, his induction in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in September 2009.
In addition to Accu-Check Performa, his brand ambassadorship for Mobilink and Lifebuoy has greatly increased his international recognition. His association as a bowling coach for Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders, an Indian Premier League franchise, also added to his international fan following.
Like his lethal inswinging yorkers, his popularity as an international icon fills his loyal fans with a pride that borders to a sense of personal accomplishment. That, ladies and gentleman, is the Power of the Sultan.
Written by: Madiha Riaz
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