Akram is rated by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, and his career record certainly bears that out – along with the high regard of his contemporaries.

A dream cricketer. At his best Wasim Akram plays like most of us would wish to. He has complete mastery over swing and seam, and sometimes moves the ball both ways in one delivery. All this comes at high speed from a quick, ball-concealing action, and is backed up by the threat of a dangerous bouncer or deceptive slower delivery.