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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wasim Akram to marry Shaniera Thomson

Now matches are International and this match-fixing reportedly occurred during the Champions trophy where his team fared poorly and Indians won the title.

He was a genuine quickie with toe-crushers and could hit the ball over the park – feared by all – Wasim Akram made a mark in his playing days before turning to Coaching and becoming a commentator.  He along with Muthiah Muralitharan are the two players in the elite 500 wicket club in One dayers.  He might be having a sad connection with Chennai ~ his wife Huma Akram passed away in Chennai after being treated at Apollo Hospital.  Huma, a hypnotherapist in Pakistan, was admitted to the hospital  after she had a heart attack when the air ambulance on which she was being flown to Singapore from Lahore landed at Chennai airport for a scheduled refuelling. She was treated for a 'fever of unknown origin,' suspected to be brain fever. She also suffered multiple organ failure, said hospital sources. Huma was on ventilator and developed sepsis - an inflammation of several tissues including blood - that led to kidney failure. She was under dialysis and did not respond to medicines.

Her death in Chennai had repercussions in Lahore.  Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ordered an inquiry after former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim complained that poor medical facilities and negligence at the National Hospital and the Doctor's Hospital in Lahore led to his wife’s death. ‘The licences of 17 doctors have been cancelled over negligence in the treatment of Wasim’s wife Huma,’ the ministry announced in a statement after a meeting of the National Assembly standing committee on health. Wasim told the committee the National Hospital charged 16.8 million rupees (200,000 dollars) for treatment and other charges to airlift the patient. Federal Health Minister Ijaz Jakhrani told reporters the investigation revealed Huma’s death was due to the negligence of the doctors. Wasim vowed to continue his fight to improve poor medical facilities which he believed contributed to his wife’s death. Wasim Akram was quoted as saying that he did not want any revenge but would want to launch a campaign against poor medical facilities and negligence so that such tragic deaths do not occur in future.

Now his marriage proposal has hit headlines in Australia and elsewhere. According to sources, Akram, 47, had proposed Melbourne based  Ms. Thompson, 30, a Public relations consultant,  in Manchester during Champions Trophy 2013.  The Herald Sun further reported that Ms. Thompson has converted to Islam and will call Pakistan home. The daily quoted Ms. Thompson as saying that Wasim Akram asked her what her dream proposal would be and she said she was not the type of woman who likes a big scene. She added that She said Akram was nervous about proposing in the traditional way, but he swung it right.

The dashing cricketer has been in news with celebrated beauties since the death of his wife. The most notable of them was Indian diva Sushmita Sen. But later they both dismissed it as a rumour and dubbed it as rubbish.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

31st July 2013.

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