Wasim Akram shooting: Ex-Pakistan cricket captain 'shot at' on way to National Stadium

The retired bowler escaped unharmed

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Wasim Akram, one of Pakistan's all-time great cricket players, has been shot at in an apparent road rage incident in Karachi, it has been reported.

The former bowler, who retired in 2003, escaped unharmed following the incident which has sparked outrage among the Pakistani public.

Akram was reportedly on his way to a coaching session at the National Stadium in Karachi when he was caught up in an road accident, during which a man opened fire on his car.

Speaking to the Pakistani news channel Express News, Akram said: "A car hit mine, I stopped him and then his guy stepped out and fired at my car."

Some conflicting reports suggested that the other car involved had deliberatly rammed the vehicle carrying Akram, who said he did not know the person behind the alleged attack. The gunman ran away after opening fire, he said.

 

A hugely popular figure, 49-year-old Akram made his international debut in 1984 and went on to become one of the all-time great left-arm fast bowlers, taking 414 wickets in 104 test matches.

Among those reacting on social media was the former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, who wrote that he "strongly condemned" the apparent attack.

After quitting cricket, Akram became a sports commentator and started coaching Pakistani bowlers.

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