Wasim Akram © AFP
Wasim Akram (above) added that Mohammad Aamer’s primary focus should be just cricket at this moment © AFP

Pakistan‘s former captain Wasim Akram has said that his country cannot produce great fast bowlers and compete at the international level, if they feed them lots of biryani. A reliable source tweeted about the same. Akram also said that Imran Khan is his mentor, and he has learnt a lot from him both on and off the field. Akram added that he is happy to see that Pakistan’s chief selector this time is a player from the recent era. Talking of Mohammad Aamer, he said that the tainted bowler’s primary focus at this moment should only be cricket and nothing else. He added that Aamer is the future of Pakistan cricket. READ: Wasim Akram launches cologne named ’414 Scent of Sultan’

Earlier, Akram who turned 50 on June 3, said that life is “exemplary” and that his Australian wife told him that half-century “is the new 40″. Regarded as one of the best left-arm pacemen ever to grace the game, Wasim – who celebrated with family and friends – said cricket had brought him great fame, adding: “1.5 billion people across the subcontinent and beyond love me”. “My wife told me 50 is the new 40,” he told AFP. “So it’s enjoyable.” Wasim, popularly dubbed the “sultan of swing”, lives in Karachi with his second wife, Shaniera, and is a renowned cricket expert on various television channels. He said cricket had transformed his life. READ: Bowling to Virat Kohli would have been a worry for me, admits Wasim Akram

“Cricket is a great leveller. It transformed my life from an ordinary boy to one who is loved in Pakistan and India by over 1.5 billion people and it’s incredible.” In a storied career of 104 Tests between 1984 and 2003, Wasim took 414 wickets and 502 in 356 one-day internationals – both still a Pakistan record.




Wasim also is the only person to have registered twin hat-tricks in both Tests and one-day internationals. He was player of the tournament with 18 wickets when Pakistan won their only World Cup title in Australia in 1992.

(With AFP inputs)