KARACHI: Legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram said Monday he will marry his Australian girlfriend, who has converted to Islam and will settle in his home country.

Australian media reported that Wasim proposed on bended knee to Shaniera Thompson in her living room.

“Yes, I will marry next year and I've known Shaniera for the last one-and-a-half years and she has converted to Islam,” Wasim told AFP by telephone from England.

“I feel lucky that I have got a second chance in life.”

The 47-year-old's first wife Huma died in 2009.

Wasim said Thompson, a former public relations consultant, will settle in Pakistan.

“She is close to my kids who are also excited and my in-laws (Huma's parents) also endorsed the decision after meeting her,” said Wasim, who has two sons from his previous marriage.

“It will be a new life, a new beginning and I hope that we will settle down well with the best wishes of family and fans,” 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.

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Comments (158)

batul
July 8, 2013 3:22 pm

y do theh get married to foriegners -are we running short of good women

Mama ji
July 8, 2013 3:39 pm

its the time to Haj for Wasim bhai...not Nikah...

John
July 8, 2013 3:42 pm

I will give this marriage 6 months.

HAHAs
July 8, 2013 3:43 pm

HAHAHAHAHA this is amazing. Another inswinging yorker. Thats why this man is the best.

Shahzad
July 8, 2013 4:08 pm

Good luck to you Mr Wasim. May you live a very happy and peaceful life all together.

Siddharth
July 8, 2013 4:08 pm

Best Wishes to Wasim. My all time favorite bowler.

Obaid
July 8, 2013 4:11 pm

nice catch : )

Aslam
July 8, 2013 4:11 pm

Congratulations> Hope you have wonderful wedding soon!

a fan
July 8, 2013 4:17 pm

WA Congrats!

Md Imran
July 8, 2013 4:20 pm

Masha allah ! You are a lucky man Wasim bhai ! May Allah grant you both happiness and wisdom. Allah hu Akbar !

Asfand Iqbal
July 8, 2013 4:26 pm

Heartiest Congratulations and best wishes to both of you

Javed
July 8, 2013 4:47 pm

We are happy for you Wasim. Wish you both a happy life and blessed marriage! Hope you have some beautiful children!

S. Altaf
July 8, 2013 4:56 pm

So?

Farooq Kashmiri
July 8, 2013 5:12 pm

Does it matter Mr. Wasim Akram that she is muslim or not. The picture says thousand words.

Karachi Wala
July 8, 2013 5:15 pm

Congratulations and best wishes to Wasim and Shaneria.

anwar khushab
July 8, 2013 5:20 pm

Best of luck to you in your new life.

Unca Jim
July 8, 2013 5:28 pm

best of luck wasim and many many more (:

cameo
July 8, 2013 5:37 pm

Best Wishes.

Ramesh Manghirmalani
July 8, 2013 5:40 pm

good luck

shahid
July 8, 2013 5:44 pm

Good for Wasim, May almighty bless his marriage.

Amir
July 8, 2013 6:10 pm

What's this obsession about getting others to convert to Islam? That doesn't ensure you'll be a better human being.

Been There Done That
July 8, 2013 6:27 pm

Please don't tell me this guy could not find a suitable girl in entire Pakistan for himself. What a shame.....I would give this marriage 18 months at the most...and this guy knows it too.

mgaksa
July 8, 2013 6:26 pm

Dear Wasim and Shaniera, All the best of Luck and Happiness to both of you. A lot of Duas from all of us. MGA

IMRAN
July 8, 2013 6:41 pm

I think this tournament will not last long as the case of IMRAN KHAN although my best wishes are with you

Magister
July 8, 2013 6:44 pm

All the very best. Benjamin Franklin has said about marriage that keep your eyes wide open before marriage while have them half shut after. There was no need to mention about conversion. Faith is a personal matter.

Arvind
July 8, 2013 6:50 pm

i don think marriage will work. western girls wont adjust in subcontinent culture

AM
July 8, 2013 7:02 pm

What does a marriage has to do with the bride being a Muslim or not? Why is religion put on pedestal in Pakistan?

Rawalpindi Kid
July 8, 2013 7:13 pm

It would have been better if the article said something about Shaniera, who she is, how they met and fell in love etc. rather than the shallow and demeaning "has converetd to Islam". We learnt nothing about her except that she converted to Islam as if that is the most important news! When will Pakistanis grow up intellectually?

Raj
July 8, 2013 7:17 pm

this marriage will not work for long, as the was the case with Imran Khan's marriage. There is no love or respect involved. Only thing involved is conversion to Islam. If Wasim really loved his girl friend, he should have himself converted to Christinaity, but as usual muslim men want to marry non-muslims and convert the girls to Islam.

kdspirited
July 8, 2013 7:18 pm

All the best to Wasim and his lovely new bride :-)

Mike
July 8, 2013 7:24 pm

Sorry for the girl...."settle down in Pakistan".

morpheus
July 8, 2013 7:26 pm

i dont about this much

i care about the hundreds of games he purposely lost i still remember those wides and no-balls at crucial stages of numerous matches in the last days of this career

he is a sell-out

too bad nobody can pin him now

Anjum
July 8, 2013 7:32 pm

Ahhhh... great photo.Natural. Look at the way she looks at him... passionately, she's simply georgeous. Best of luck to both, and good move of them to have backing from the kids and surroundings :)

Zahid
July 8, 2013 7:37 pm

Best wishes to both and may they live together happily and with eeman until their time has come. Glad to hear that Wasim talked with all involved relatives and they have accepted this, even though it should be only between the two.

Also very glad to hear that Shaniera converted to Islam..... I guess now it's Wasim's time to fully convert to Islam, you know .... just sayin based on image..... :)

intikhab khan
July 8, 2013 7:39 pm

wasim we are very happy with you and your new we good thing she came be muslim plzz just look after her and help her to understand our value of our life and religion... we all make dua for you Good luck

cricfan
July 8, 2013 7:51 pm

Why is the conversion to islam required to marry? Persons like wasim....i thought were atleast open minded. If guys like these who has travelled extensively and exposed to atmosphere outside of pakistan, ensures his besthalf to be converted before marrying her.....best of luck to his fellow countrymen inside pakistan.

Ehsan
July 8, 2013 8:07 pm

Can we stop being judgemental.

Pankaj
July 8, 2013 8:13 pm

@batul: Pakistani women are not bad but, all of them are already Islamic........There is no thrill and no Allah's extra blessings involved in marrying an Islamic woman.

amad
July 8, 2013 8:29 pm

although relign is a persnal matter, but he did gud by mentning about her conversn ,as this wil shut the mouth of those who also raisd voices about imran khan

Haroon
July 8, 2013 8:34 pm

If it's important to him that she converts then why not mention it? He's also saved himself a lot of hassle by saying that. Best of luck Wasim, not many get a second chance at love. May it work out for you!

GMK
July 8, 2013 8:46 pm

@Arvind: Yeah, because divisive people like you will judge the shit out of her no matter how hard she tries! (Which is probably also the reason why Wasim is telling the media that she is converting to Islam...)

Ali Abbas
July 8, 2013 8:52 pm

@AM: Well I am a Pakistani Muslim living in Canada and I find this practice rather hypocritical. It is usually done for show anyway and even a non celebrity has to abide by this because of hyper-religious nature of Pakistani. Islam may be the best religion if we follow common sense and not follow Islam thought to masses by illiterate people or theologists who have no other qualification or education. Pathetic!

abdul
July 8, 2013 8:54 pm

@AM: true

Ali Abbas
July 8, 2013 8:57 pm

@Arvind: may be problem is not with western girls but with men from sub-continent.

Ahmed
July 8, 2013 9:05 pm

@AM: It has nothing to do with Pakistan. Muslim are only allowed to marry Muslims according to Islamic Law.

Ali Abbas
July 8, 2013 9:01 pm

@Been There Done That: and why do you think that he is obligated to marry a woman from Pakistan? With all the problems in Pakistan I must say either men or women from Pakistan are no catch. Atleast in this case there will be one balanced person in a relationship, and I mean the recently "converted" girl. If Wasim tries to settle in Australia then there is hope.

JABBAR
July 8, 2013 9:12 pm

I WISH THEM THE BEST. WASIM is a legand...

Modi
July 8, 2013 9:30 pm

@Arvind: May be it was your experience, Arvind. I was happily married to a Westerner until she passed away, and she loved life on the sub-continent. Don't make a generalized statement!

Tom
July 8, 2013 9:28 pm

@AM: Why do u seem to have a problem with it? Stop commenting on religion when ur no expert on it and mind ur own business.

Asi
July 8, 2013 9:29 pm

Hahhaha, Congrats Wasim Bhai, clean Yorker at this time at Australian Melbourne Ground (MCG).

BRR
July 8, 2013 9:43 pm

Isn't it nice- she has converted. That is what love is all about - wait for the other to be converted.

Faith
July 8, 2013 9:41 pm

When you are a public figure and people look up to you, you have to set examples. For all those white-skin obsessed fans here in this comment section, it does matter if the girl is a muslim or not. For those of you who have never been to Australia, there are millions of girls look just like her all over the country. He knows not to turn a blind eye and jeoperdize his social standing by marrying one of those millions and not turn her into a muslim. He was raised well by his family. Learn something from him. Stop Obsessing.

waqar
July 8, 2013 9:48 pm

is it a inswinger or outswinger that he fell lbw to a aussie who clean bowled him out on a noball?

Nadeem
July 8, 2013 10:46 pm

Who cares...

Gibran
July 8, 2013 10:51 pm

The events surrounding Wasim Akram wife's death are extremely sad and heartbreaking. He has been through enough turmoil. So I wish him well in his new marriage.

Also, people should stop being judgmental about Westerners and look past the color of one's skin. Isn't that what Prophet Mohammad said in his last Khutbah? Look at Jemima Khan is still Muslim and doing great work for Pakistan. We should welcome Shaniera and be accepting of her.

May Allah bless him and his family. All the best Wasim & Shaniera.

Salam
July 8, 2013 10:59 pm

So happy that we are able to convert one more and you got your seat reserved on Jannat for sure

munir
July 8, 2013 11:03 pm

Mubarak ho bohat bohat wasim bhai

munir
July 8, 2013 11:03 pm

apko mubarak ho bohat bohat wasim bhai.

Mukesh
July 8, 2013 11:20 pm

Let us see if this marriage turns out to be T20, 1 day or 5 day affar

asfi
July 8, 2013 11:24 pm

@batul: She is a PR consultant. Why don't we understand.

imran
July 9, 2013 12:15 am

A year, maybe two. That's about it. I don't see this aussie girl living in Pakistan for a moment.

mian riaz
July 9, 2013 12:38 am

Good luck, you are a classy guy and so is she.

Tariq
July 9, 2013 12:46 am

Sincerely wish both of them the best under the Sun.... But once the honey moon period is over there are too many culture shocks to cope with for the westerners!

Agha Ata
July 9, 2013 12:55 am

Faith is important to mention or not in this context, , but it is better to mention it, anyway. :)

Adam
July 9, 2013 1:04 am

I am Pakistani, who married a beautiful Jewish girl. She is still Jewish and I converted to atheist.

Ali Khan
July 9, 2013 1:36 am

And goodluck to the both of them.

TARIQ HAMEED
July 9, 2013 1:50 am

I LOVE WASIM AKRAM


TARIQ HAMEED
July 9, 2013 1:53 am

GREAT WASIM BHAI

Nasr
July 9, 2013 2:21 am

Waseem

Please do not bowl a Yorker to her

Tahira
July 9, 2013 2:46 am

@AM: Because Wasim wants her to stay alive in Pakistan with her complexion and foreign ways. It makes no difference to the player but he declared it for the maulvis and the Pakistani mindset. You are right her faith should not make any difference.

Tahira
July 9, 2013 2:55 am

@batul: No we are running short of good men.

kar
July 9, 2013 3:19 am

How sad that he does not say that he loves her very much, but rather that she has converted. Is that how he relates to people, by their religion?

Talha Vaqar
July 9, 2013 4:27 am

@Magister: In Pakistan faith is not a private matter. That is true of a lot of muslim countries. You may find it hard to understand.

Fawad
July 9, 2013 4:59 am

@AM:

You are right specially when Islam allows marrying people of book - Jews and Christians - without demanding conversion. Have a happy life you two.

Mohammad Shafi
July 9, 2013 6:10 am

@Arvind: That none of your business brother. Lots of western people are better than our so-called politicians.

Mohammad Shafi
July 9, 2013 6:18 am

@Been There Done That: Why a shame? Is not she was created by Allah? Or you think you are better than her. Are you sin-free? Good and bad people are every where and every religion?

Khatri
July 9, 2013 6:37 am

Congrats Wasim! It is Wasim's personal matter to choose the woman he wants to marry. I do not understand why it matters to followers!!

zcm@gmail.com
July 9, 2013 7:27 am

I don't think anyone is running short on women. Cricketers are like celebrities, enjoying notoriety, often hitting the bar scene on tours , thus developing fondness for Australian or British women. It's his choice aur jub Mian biwi Raazi to kya karay ga Qazi. I just hope that her conversion is genuine and not a matter of fulfilling a precondition, just in order to marry Wasim Akram.

HSM
July 9, 2013 8:06 am

@Farooq Kashmiri: very well Said

HSM
July 9, 2013 8:09 am

@batul: Apni apni Qismat hai Bhai. Dil chota na karo.

kk
July 9, 2013 8:16 am

@AM: A lot in pakistan...

kk
July 9, 2013 8:15 am

@Arvind: you mean a pakistani culture..

HK
July 9, 2013 8:36 am

I am glad to hear the news, wish and hope that the bride gets settled in her new life with ease. Being a Pakistani Australian would not want the marriage to end like Imran Khan's did.

milestone24@hushmail.com
July 9, 2013 8:54 am

Wishing you all the love and happiness in the world and congratulations.(God Bless).

Bilal Hassan Syed
July 9, 2013 8:49 am

The fundamental requirement here is religion, it seems. If she had not agreed to Shaniera Akram, Wasim bhai would have still been single.

beam
July 9, 2013 8:55 am

Finally a 'tourist' in Pakistan.

Faheem
July 9, 2013 9:05 am

I feel sorry for all the celebrities. Their personal life is in the plate for anyone, i mean ANYONE, to judge and give comments on, without having a slightest idea of WHY.

Sridhar
July 9, 2013 9:13 am

Congratulations and best wishes! But, pause for a moment and think. Wouldn't it be lovely if a people came together without insisting on conversion as a precondition? How often does one celebrate when a Muslim bride or bridegroom converts to another religion? A conquest mentality needs to be replaced by a spirit of acceptance of diversity.

John Young
July 9, 2013 9:36 am

@Sridhar: I never saw a university grad will go back and sit in the high school class...did anyone? If there is someone out there who elect to go back and sit in high school class then is there any reason to celebrate about it!

salman ali
July 9, 2013 10:13 am

Obviously he did it for a citizenship..... and where does love come in if he has to put it out that she has converted.

SABZAR AHMAD GANIE
July 9, 2013 10:44 am

Congratulations ! Be happy for your married life again and best wishes and congrats again for converting a non Muslim to Islam !!!

jwel Ahsan
July 9, 2013 10:59 am

@TARIQ HAMEED: Love! in this regard! shame.

jwel Ahsan
July 9, 2013 11:02 am

@asfi: thank u,ur absolutely right,she is a public relation cons.!her job!

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune
July 9, 2013 11:12 am

If there was otherwise, means if a Pakistani girl was try to engaged with Australian man then there will be Blasphemy case file against her or might be some protest would be spread over the some Pakistani city. Any way......how many day this relation will persist??

Niraj
July 9, 2013 11:33 am

The silly title of article undermines the good thing happening in the life of cricket great. It might have been her personal decision to convert. But why give it so prominence as if it's not the legend Wasim Akram but some hardcore mulla Akram. He is probably one of the very few individuals with following across the sub-continent.

MO
July 9, 2013 11:33 am

Pride comes before fall

Shubs
July 9, 2013 12:04 pm

@BRR: LOL!

Shubs
July 9, 2013 12:03 pm

"I've known Shaniera for the last one-and-a-half years and she has converted to Islam,”

Ah, you can take the guy out of Pakistan, but not Pakistan out of the guy...

Bilal - Sydney
July 9, 2013 12:11 pm

@Ali Abbas: well, for him, settling down anywhere is not a problem... I mean waqar is already here in sydney... why not wasim as well ... come on down !!!

arshad
July 9, 2013 12:07 pm

People in eminent position should use any opportunity to show the world (esp islamic world) that religion is not above love or life. Therefore, he should not have asked the girl to convert, this looks like a forceful conversion and so throws bad light on our religion..... Instead he should have allowed her to practice her own religion and let our islamic ummah gain some respect. I find it so shameful that every act by muslims today makes us appear like un-evolved humans and a laughing stock for the entire world....Hope that atleast he will not make her wear the burqa. peace.

zafarov
July 9, 2013 12:28 pm

@Talha Vaqar: How can faith be any thing other than a personal matter when there is no compulsion in religion? There is not even a consensus on the definition of a Muslim and all the different sects regularly condemn each other as apostates.

Irad
July 9, 2013 12:30 pm

Of course, marriage of even celebrity is a very private decision. But I can not help remember India's spinner Bishan Singh Bedi, who also married an Aussie girl during The Beatle's era, when every notion about India was that of a Mystic land of gurus & socialist poverty. How did that girl adjust to her adopted land was never revealed, as the press then was not so intrusive. But, I admire Ms.Thomson's family for allowing her to settle down in Pakistan, as the image of the country is anything but rosy in most people's minds.

Shahryar Shirazi
July 9, 2013 12:27 pm

@Raj: Imran's marriage broke apart due to his heavy political schedule.

Mohammad Abdul Wahab
July 9, 2013 12:32 pm

Well its personal choice while marrying but I am trying to understand the psyche of people who prefer to marry beyond their own circle. A man who lost his wife and has two children, prefers to marry a woman who comes from Australian film industry, can't have pure marital consideration but definitely a set of considerations which he himself knows better. Such cricketers perhaps have their own thinking patterns. How this relationship is going to be compatible when he has two sons too, either God or Wasim know better. The best thing would have been to marry one from one's culture having cultural understanding and a heart to be motherly to the two sons as well. Well, Wasim you aren't alone in taking such a strange and stupid step but you have towed the line of your sports mates.. God may help you..

sja
July 9, 2013 12:53 pm

another Imran Khan copy for the Pakistan cricketers celebrities --- nothing new, second story. It is all thanks due to marketing -------------- aur yay shadi appki howi? like the famous Pakistani TV show yay ghar aapka howa??

Vish
July 9, 2013 1:01 pm

Finally, Wasim Akram fixed a "match" for himself :-)

SharifL
July 9, 2013 1:07 pm

Good luck. Settling in Pakistan may turn out to be a problem.

altaf jaffer
July 9, 2013 2:15 pm

Congrats Wasimbhai! Life is giving you another chance and make the most of your love.

I wish you had not declared the conversion so loudly , almost as if you wanted the bearded guys to hear this. In fact had you converted to Christianity, I would have been equally and more happy because that would have boosted the morale fo women and minorities in Pakistan!

And that would have been a perfect outswinger!

Congrats once again!

Sonal
July 9, 2013 2:37 pm

I'm a non-religious Hindu. Back in 1998, when I was 18 and went away from home to study in N America, I met a lot of Pakistani / Muslim guys, and on my next holiday home asked my mother how she'd react if one day I told her I want to marry a Pakistani. She didn't offer any advice or opinion - all she said was if you're ok with converting to Islam to marry a Muslim, then the choice is yours. I didn't realize the impact of it back then - as much as I believe in Hindu Gods as well as Allah and Jesus, I just didn't see why I should convert, especially if religion isn't even important for me. Goes without saying, I'm not married to a Pakistani / Muslim, but surely there must be Muslims who marry non-Muslims without them converting? What's the point in converting unless you're going to actively practice the religion? And why did Wasim Akram feel it important to specify she has converted? Was it fear of the Taliban?

We need to be rational
July 9, 2013 2:43 pm

@Adam: Man U don't need to convert to atheism ....we atheist don't believe in conversion...we would be happy if you say that you have realized the truth and. Have shown a middle finger to man made organized religion...good luck ..hope many more start believing in rationality and science

sja
July 9, 2013 2:47 pm

if history repeats itself---- imran khan is defacto democratic chief of KHPK province of Pakistan, let us see how long it will take Wasim Akram following Imran Khan lead and leap to be chief of Pakistan Cricket Board or another Province Of Pakistan. God help Pakistan for more victories everywhere specially for cricketers of Pakistan like Imran Khan, like Wasim Akram.

Zahoor
July 9, 2013 3:00 pm

Wat's happen to that indian beuitee mr dance master ???

Shehzad Zafar
July 9, 2013 3:24 pm

If Wasim Akram himself a muslim then he can convert a non muslim to Islam. I dont think that most corrupt player in cricket history can do much better in changing this blond.

Nazir
July 9, 2013 3:28 pm

@batul: sho marna hai

Reality Bites
July 9, 2013 3:40 pm

@batul: Short of blonds perhaps!

AP
July 9, 2013 3:38 pm

@Sridhar: Shows the regressive mindset of Wasim. And he is a celebrity!

AP
July 9, 2013 3:44 pm

@AM: your country was founded on the basis of religious apartheid...Don't you know your history ?

fazalpai
July 9, 2013 3:47 pm

OLD towards GOLD

Bilal
July 9, 2013 4:06 pm

Wasim bhai conversion to Islam is not a tick in a box, its is something We'll be judged upon on the day of judgment! i-e PRACTICE!!!

Vince V James
July 9, 2013 4:31 pm

@Bilal:

STOP lecturing others.

G.A.
July 9, 2013 5:05 pm

Thanks to General Zia giving mullahs all this power that not only are Pakistanis keenly offering lip service to Islam but dragging foreign women into it too. Anyway, congratulations to Wasim Akram! I believe intercultural marriages are a good bridge between societies.

Danish
July 9, 2013 5:08 pm

Is girlfriend allowed in Islam? I think Mr. Wasim Akram should worry about himself first before converting anyone else. What kind of message he is sending to young guys and girls that having a gf or bf is perfectly normal in Islam? Such are the people who give bad name to such a beautiful religion of Islam.

insomniac
July 9, 2013 5:44 pm

i don't understand this fascination of converting someone before marrying them specially with muslim guys.. i know its per 'the book', but c'mon, you are living in the 21st century, don't you have a bit of respect for the other person and her/his identity. Would you mind converting to their faith if really that takes to be someones partner... i am sure the answer would be hopelessly NO, instead if such situation arises, they would walk out of the relationship.. I don't think she would have even thought about converting to islam had she not met Wasim. she seems to have done this for the love and i respect her for it. Although, it looks like conveying everyone that she has converted is more important than even letting us know who she is, what she does and other stuff that might be helpful in knowing her more. but no, thats not important. she has embraced islam.. thats it...period.

Being a idol himself to millions of people all around, i would have expected Wasim to be little less fundamentalist and respect her identity and be a role model for others to follow. what wrong would that have portrayed.. anyways, i have such dim hope for muslims in pakistan that never in my dreams i expect them to behave unexpectedly.

insomniac
July 9, 2013 5:50 pm

btw my best wishes to the couple and hope they have blissful married life in future. amen.

Fari
July 9, 2013 5:49 pm

Ohoo.....assi te reh gaye.

Apne mulk li larkian marr gayeen theen? :(

sja
July 9, 2013 5:50 pm

@TARIQ HAMEED: ha ha ha -- you love wasim akram and he loves his Australian Girlfriend? wah wah wah

sja
July 9, 2013 5:53 pm

@Sridhar: that is a real sir dard, sorry

A Pakistani
July 9, 2013 6:10 pm

Good luck Wasim Akram.

“My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It's happened before, it will happen again, I'm sure. When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive--I'll find love again.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

vijay
July 9, 2013 7:02 pm

I lost respect for a such great player. He doenst have to mention about conversion if it was done on girls choice. Fact is he is scared about the reaction from the fans so he disclosed it before anyone start reacting. Conversion and all looks like kid playing in school, I am your team and he is his team . Come on, grow up. You are not judged by your religion by educated civilized people but the wisdom, character collectively projects your personality. looks silly

nEo
July 9, 2013 7:18 pm

there was this article some time back on Sania Mirza marrying Shoeb titled 'Could'nt she find a nice indian boy'. I reckon now it applies to Wasim as well.. " Couldn't he find a nice pakistani girl". :)

Majid
July 9, 2013 7:38 pm

Congrats Wasim bhai.....you are a absolute legend and inspiration to many.

You and Imran are one of few global stars that give Pakistan a positive outlook not negative.

Ignore all hypocrites on this blog

Mohammad Abdul Wahab
July 9, 2013 8:28 pm

@altaf jaffer: I wish you had revealed your true identity as your comments appear to be a mere attempt to win more 'likes' of a specific school of thought. .

Saleem Khan
July 9, 2013 8:58 pm

May the Almighty Allah bless Waseem Bhai's soul for converting at least one non-muslim to Islam in this life time. May Jannat be bestowed upon him!

Gulbaz Mushtaq
July 9, 2013 10:22 pm

Very Happy News. Congratulations Waseem Bhai.

fahad
July 9, 2013 10:26 pm

i m big fan for wasim akram bhai

Komal S
July 9, 2013 10:54 pm

@Zahoor: May be the Indian beauty did not like to convert.

khan
July 9, 2013 11:56 pm

When a young man goes astray he has a chance of getting back but when a old horse goes astray then he falls into an abyss. Of course i speak of my experience. Why are we so infatuated by white skin when suntan is the best by far.

Sajaad
July 10, 2013 12:08 am

What a facad? What is the need of convertion of religion? What is the point? Why she should convert and why not vice versa? Biased Wasim, on the name religion, gender and superiority. Such a blot on humanity. Please augment your stature and not lower. You are admired. People such as you, should set an example of humanity and equality. What is the message Mr.Learned Cricketer? While apart from above incidence, I wish you all the best for your marriage. God bless the couple.

sagar
July 10, 2013 12:20 am

Sir you have done good job, my prays with you, Allah help you in thise aim •

Shaima
July 10, 2013 12:57 am

@Danish: I know a muslim man who has a wife and 3 children, but in the same time dating another woman and I have heard many of this stories. He says he got married with his cousin because he was forced by his parents when he was young and her father died but that he was never in love with his wife. He never told to the woman he is dating the reality of his life and she found out everything when one of his children sent her a message. His wife knew about his unfair and accepted the situation as a good wife and mother while, the other woman got very sick and week of too much sadness.

Razor
July 10, 2013 2:53 am

@SABZAR AHMAD GANIE: Abey Saand Dimak , pura middle east tho sudrahi hai..Aur kitna logon ko marwayaga Islam mein convert karke.

shahzorullah
July 10, 2013 8:40 am

Wasim Akram, doing good, he is loving her without any cause of religion or nationality distinguished. I appreciate him.

Javed Iqbal
July 10, 2013 11:07 am

Girl Friend - Islam - Conversion? Please leave the beautiful religion of Islam out of you ego affairs, don't abuse it to legitimize your debauchery, it has already been bruised by the Taliban and mad suicide bombers.

Mohammad Abdul Wahab
July 10, 2013 11:11 am

@altaf jaffer: Very good attempt to earn cheap fame. Neither Wasim did any good thing nor you have done, by giving the alternate option which depicts lack of knowledge and casual attitude on your part.

Muslim Khan
July 10, 2013 4:17 pm

@salman ali: He does not have to marry an. Australian to get the immigration. His proven personal capabilities and value are sufficient to win him Australian immigration ,if he applies for it.

Khurram Jadoon
July 10, 2013 7:52 pm

@Sridhar: it's well above your level of understanding ... no more comments.

ARIF KHAN
July 10, 2013 9:12 pm

Congratulations. I am happy for you.

SubhsubhBol
July 10, 2013 10:16 pm

@Khurram Jadoon: No dude, looks like it is quite the contrary actually...what Sridhar has suggested is well above your level of understanding.....here's something to ponder....if you cannot convert to another faith you shouldnt expect the other person to convert to yours.....you can practice yours and let her practice hers.....its not like Akram's wife will stop becoming christian just bcos she has embraced muslim faith....think about it....and if you cant then indeed no more comments

Danish
July 11, 2013 1:36 am

@Shaima: He did injustice when he married his cousin at the first place. If he didn't want to marry he should have refused his parents. In Islam, when he married someone, she was his responsibility and not his parents. He is answerable to God for his actions not his parents. As i said in my previous post that dating and having an affair is not allowed in Islam, but marriage is permitted. He should have very openly discussed this with his first wife and then should have married a woman he claimed he loved. His first wife ofcourse had an option as per Islam to get a divorce if she could not tolerate his 2nd wife. From what you have mentioned it appears that his first wife even accepted his mistress, so why she wouldn't have accepted his 2nd wife. I think his mistress probably wouldn't have dated him if he had told her the truth. In my opinion, he lied and cheated everyone. Again, Islam does not allow affairs. People find excuses through religion in order to satisfy themselves and the world, infact they don't care a bit about religion.

AJ
July 11, 2013 7:49 am

@Komal S: May be he did not see any beauty in the "Indian Beauty"?

AJ
July 11, 2013 7:49 am

@Javed Iqbal: Well said

Khanny
July 11, 2013 8:43 am

Wasim Akram telling about Shaniera converting to Islam is just to satisfy his relatives and Mullah and Mufti's otherwise there will be a Fatwah by Mufti's endangering the lives of Wasim and Shaniera. I am sure it all for convenience, they will be doing the same they had been doing for last few years. I am happy as long as they both are happy.

ashok
July 11, 2013 10:23 am

Lot's of luck, she is very beautiful. I can understand in Pakistan conversion keeps people safe from terrorists. Hope he is right in his thinking.

Anand
July 11, 2013 11:04 am

Congrats Wasim. All the best and Happy married life.

expat
July 11, 2013 12:21 pm

Indians are being too judgmental here and some Pakistani are cheering like infantile children as usual when they hear someone converted to Islam.

Outsiders should know that there is not such thing as personal religion in Pakistan. Everything in Pakistani society is laced with religion. Wasim Akram just wants to be ahead of the mullah brigade. Even if his family is understanding about the non-conversion of Wasims girlfriend/fiancee, they would still have to answer to the wider community, cause Pakistani society loves to interfere, label and slant anything remotely related to or forcibly interjected with religion.

expat
July 11, 2013 12:30 pm

This marriage won't last long. An unfettered, outgoing and liberal all-in Australian girl in a stiffling, unfree and conservative atmosphere? At most, she will last a year in Pakistan.

Haroon
July 11, 2013 12:45 pm

Congrats to Wasim & Shaneira. Just look at them, they both look so happy and fond of each other after 1-1/2 years. Please ignore all idiotic comments because all these people are devoid of happiness and fun in their own lives. Wishing you all the best.

altaf Jaffer
July 11, 2013 1:10 pm

@Mohammad Abdul Wahab

Bhai dont get angry as marriage is an occasion for happiness. Wasim Bhai was a star member of Imran Khan's team and we are also aware of his off field antics.

I suggested that since we are in the age of equality and we want progress for women's rights in Pakistan, then had Wasimbhai converted to Christianity for marriage, it would have given a boost to gender equality and the morale of minorities of Pakistan. What is wrong?

As it is Wasim had fallen for a woman of the book and before that, Sushmita Sen -- a woman who did not follow the book.

The prophet asked us to spread love. You should also spread love not dismiss my suggestion.

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