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Wasim Akram reveals his addiction to cocaine

Former Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram, while talking in his biography, has revealed that he became addicted to cocaine after his career ended tragically.

Wasim, Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker, has had no rival up till now and ended his international career remarkably with 916 wickets. However, his career has to be ended following his name in match-fixing controversies during the 1990s.

He played his last test match in 2002, whereas the last ODI subsequent year. Despite no more being a player, he started his stint as a coach and as a commentator.

Wasim, who married Huma Akram in 1995, lost her in 2009. Despite having his wife, he was addicted to the sexual culture in South Asia, including clubbing and partying. Amidst the poor culture, he also became addicted to cocaine.

Although his wife started a rehabilitation process, Wasim liked to do that behind the scenes deceiving his former wife that the recovery process was working. Remembering Huma in good words, Wasim writes that she was selfless, although he was sick of her scrutiny for the cocaine test back then.

However, he left his bad habits after Huma passed away in 2009 due to a fungal infection, mucormycosis. He later on married an Australian female named Shaniera Akram in 2013. Wasim now has three children – two sons from his ex-wife and a daughter from Shaniera.

Statements from his biography read,

“I liked to indulge myself; I liked to party,” he writes. “The culture of fame in south Asia is all-consuming, seductive and corrupting. You can go to ten parties a night, and some do. And it took its toll on me. My devices turned into vices.

“Worst of all, I developed a dependence on cocaine. It started innocuously enough when I was offered a line at a party in England; my use grew steadily more serious, to the point that I felt I needed it to function.

“It made me volatile. It made me deceptive. Huma, I know, was often lonely in this time . . . she would talk of her desire to move to Karachi, to be nearer her parents and siblings. I was reluctant. Why? Partly because I liked going to Karachi on my own, pretending it was working when it was actually about partying, often for days at a time.

“Huma eventually found me out, discovering a packet of cocaine in my wallet . . . ‘You need help.’ I agreed. It was getting out of hand. I couldn’t control it. One line would become two; two would become four; four would become a gram, and a gram would become two. I could not sleep. I could not eat. I grew inattentive to my diabetes, which caused me headaches and mood swings. Like a lot of addicts, part of me welcomed discovery: the secrecy had been exhausting.”

“Try as I might, part of me was still smouldering inside about the indignity of what I’d been put through. My pride was hurt, and the lure of my lifestyle remained. I briefly contemplated divorce. I settled for heading to the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy where, out from under Huma’s daily scrutiny, I started using again.”

“Huma’s last selfless, unconscious act was curing me of my drug problem. That way of life was over, and I have never looked back.”

“I’m a bit anxious about the book, but I think once it is out, I’ll be kind of over it. I’m anxious because at my age, I’m 56, and I’ve been diabetic for 25 years; it is just stress, you know . . . it was tough to revisit all the things. I’ve done it for my two boys, who are 25 and 21, and my seven-year-old daughter, just to put my side of the story.”

Also, see:

World Cup 2022: Wasim Jnr looking to improve his batting ahead of remaining matches

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