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Wasim Akram marries Australian girlfriend

Former Pakistan paceman hopes people will give their ‘blessing and support’

  • AFP
  • Published: 16:52 August 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Former Pakistani cricket captain Wasim Akram with Australian bride Shaniera Thompson.

Karachi: Famed Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram on Wednesday announced that he had married his Australian girlfriend, Shaniera Thompson, saying he has started a new life on a happy note.

“I married Shaniera in Lahore last week in a simple ceremony and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife and for my kids,” Wasim said.

The 47-year-old’s first wife Huma died in 2009 after multiple organ failure.

Wasim proposed to the 30-year-old former public relations consultant on bended knee last month and they married on August 12.

Thompson came to Karachi earlier this month before going to Lahore to see Wasim’s ailing father. There the marriage was solemnised in the presence of immediate family and a few close friends.

Wasim said Thompson had converted to Islam and is learning Urdu.

“She has embraced Islam and is learning our language. She has been close to my sons and they form a very good bond,” said Wasim of his two sons from his first marriage.

He said his new wife was eager to settle quickly in Pakistan.

“I sincerely hope the people of Pakistan and our friends and supporters across the globe will give us their blessing and support,” he said.

Wasim played 104 Tests and 356 one-day internationals for Pakistan in a career lasting from 1984 to 2003.

He was regarded as one of the best left-arm fast bowlers to have played the game and remains a major celebrity in Pakistan.

Wasim was player of the tournament in the country’s only triumph in the World Cup, in Australia in 1992. He captained Pakistan to a runners-up finish in the 1999 World Cup in England.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 17:07 August 22, 2013

    Thanks God ....he married. there was a lot of sayings that how he can roam around with his fiancee so openly. Many congrats to King of Swing.

    Shad Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:59 August 22, 2013

    Wishing the couple the best of everything for a long and prosperous happy married life. We must also understand, appreciate and realize that that as they say, marriages are made in the heavens by the God Almighty. In fact, in most of the cases, one can never imagine with whom he or she could end up as husband or wife and spend rest of the life with them. However, once married, it is indeed a great challenge for both sides to live together a happy and content life especially when the two parties stem from different culture, background, national origin, race, ethnicity, history and heritage. In such cases in particular, both the sides have to undergo lots of changes and compromises which at times become very hard and difficult to implement. Nevertheless, if they are sincere, understanding and dedicated, things become more favorable and life moves on in the right direction.

    Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad, St. Peters, Missouri - U.S.A., United States

  3. Added 16:07 August 22, 2013

    Masha Allah . May Allah make it easy and bless your marriage. Well said Sikander :)

    ahmad, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:45 August 22, 2013


    SAQIB, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:38 August 22, 2013

    Stay Blessed. Have happy life.

    Abdul Jabbar, Sialkot, Pakistan

  6. Added 14:55 August 22, 2013

    Hi Waseem, I am very happy, . All the best

    Wafa, DUbai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:39 August 22, 2013

    congratulation.. great fan of you. ALLAH bless you and your family. And may ALLAH grant you and your family with his mercy and love.

    Mrs mudassar, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:30 August 22, 2013


    Erum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:16 August 22, 2013

    Hello wasim and snira congratulations and God bless you

    M.Nadeem, Haripur, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:30 August 22, 2013

    Wish you all the very best "sultan of swing"

    Taueef Ahmed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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