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Wasim Akram to marry Australian girlfriend

Published Jul 08, 2013 03:04pm


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

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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batul Jul 08, 2013 03:22pm

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

Mama ji Jul 08, 2013 03:39pm

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

John Jul 08, 2013 03:42pm

I will give this marriage 6 months.

HAHAs Jul 08, 2013 03:43pm

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

Shahzad Jul 08, 2013 04:08pm

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

Siddharth Jul 08, 2013 04:08pm

Best Wishes to Wasim. My all time favorite bowler.

Obaid Jul 08, 2013 04:11pm

nice catch : )

Aslam Jul 08, 2013 04:11pm

Congratulations> Hope you have wonderful wedding soon!

a fan Jul 08, 2013 04:17pm

WA Congrats!

Md Imran Jul 08, 2013 04:20pm

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

Asfand Iqbal Jul 08, 2013 04:26pm

Heartiest Congratulations and best wishes to both of you

Javed Jul 08, 2013 04:47pm

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

S. Altaf Jul 08, 2013 04:56pm


Farooq Kashmiri Jul 08, 2013 05:12pm

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

Karachi Wala Jul 08, 2013 05:15pm

Congratulations and best wishes to Wasim and Shaneria.

anwar khushab Jul 08, 2013 05:20pm

Best of luck to you in your new life.

Unca Jim Jul 08, 2013 05:28pm

best of luck wasim and many many more (:

cameo Jul 08, 2013 05:37pm

Best Wishes.

Ramesh Manghirmalani Jul 08, 2013 05:40pm

good luck

shahid Jul 08, 2013 05:44pm

Good for Wasim, May almighty bless his marriage.

Amir Jul 08, 2013 06:10pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 06:27pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 06:26pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 06:41pm

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

Magister Jul 08, 2013 06:44pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 06:50pm

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

AM Jul 08, 2013 07:02pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:13pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:17pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:18pm

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

Mike Jul 08, 2013 07:24pm

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

morpheus Jul 08, 2013 07:26pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:32pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:37pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:39pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 07:51pm

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 of luck to his fellow countrymen inside pakistan.

Ehsan Jul 08, 2013 08:07pm

Can we stop being judgemental.

Pankaj Jul 08, 2013 08:13pm

@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 Jul 08, 2013 08:29pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 08:34pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 08:46pm

@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 Jul 08, 2013 08:52pm

@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 Jul 08, 2013 08:54pm

@AM: true

Ali Abbas Jul 08, 2013 08:57pm

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

Ahmed Jul 08, 2013 09:05pm

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

Ali Abbas Jul 08, 2013 09:01pm

@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 Jul 08, 2013 09:12pm

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

Modi Jul 08, 2013 09:30pm

@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 Jul 08, 2013 09:28pm

@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 Jul 08, 2013 09:29pm

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

BRR Jul 08, 2013 09:43pm

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

Faith Jul 08, 2013 09:41pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 09:48pm

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

Nadeem Jul 08, 2013 10:46pm

Who cares...

Gibran Jul 08, 2013 10:51pm

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 Jul 08, 2013 10:59pm

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

munir Jul 08, 2013 11:03pm

Mubarak ho bohat bohat wasim bhai

munir Jul 08, 2013 11:03pm

apko mubarak ho bohat bohat wasim bhai.

Mukesh Jul 08, 2013 11:20pm

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

asfi Jul 08, 2013 11:24pm

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

imran Jul 09, 2013 12:15am

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

mian riaz Jul 09, 2013 12:38am

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

Tariq Jul 09, 2013 12:46am

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 Jul 09, 2013 12:55am

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

Adam Jul 09, 2013 01:04am

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

Ali Khan Jul 09, 2013 01:36am

And goodluck to the both of them.

TARIQ HAMEED Jul 09, 2013 01:50am


TARIQ HAMEED Jul 09, 2013 01:53am


Nasr Jul 09, 2013 02:21am


Please do not bowl a Yorker to her

Tahira Jul 09, 2013 02:46am

@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 Jul 09, 2013 02:55am

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

kar Jul 09, 2013 03:19am

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 Jul 09, 2013 04:27am

@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 Jul 09, 2013 04:59am


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 Jul 09, 2013 06:10am

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

Mohammad Shafi Jul 09, 2013 06:18am

@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 Jul 09, 2013 06:37am

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!! Jul 09, 2013 07:27am

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 Jul 09, 2013 08:06am

@Farooq Kashmiri: very well Said

HSM Jul 09, 2013 08:09am

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

kk Jul 09, 2013 08:16am

@AM: A lot in pakistan...

kk Jul 09, 2013 08:15am

@Arvind: you mean a pakistani culture..

HK Jul 09, 2013 08:36am

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. Jul 09, 2013 08:54am

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

Bilal Hassan Syed Jul 09, 2013 08:49am

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

beam Jul 09, 2013 08:55am

Finally a 'tourist' in Pakistan.

Faheem Jul 09, 2013 09:05am

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 Jul 09, 2013 09:13am

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 Jul 09, 2013 09:36am

@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 Jul 09, 2013 10:13am

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 Jul 09, 2013 10:44am

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

jwel Ahsan Jul 09, 2013 10:59am

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

jwel Ahsan Jul 09, 2013 11:02am

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

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jul 09, 2013 11:12am

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 many day this relation will persist??

Niraj Jul 09, 2013 11:33am

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 Jul 09, 2013 11:33am

Pride comes before fall

Shubs Jul 09, 2013 12:04pm


Shubs Jul 09, 2013 12:03pm

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

Bilal - Sydney Jul 09, 2013 12:11pm

@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 Jul 09, 2013 12:07pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 12:28pm

@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 Jul 09, 2013 12:30pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 12:27pm

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

Mohammad Abdul Wahab Jul 09, 2013 12:32pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 12:53pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 01:01pm

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

SharifL Jul 09, 2013 01:07pm

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

altaf jaffer Jul 09, 2013 02:15pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 02:37pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 02:43pm

@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 Jul 09, 2013 02:47pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 03:00pm

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

Shehzad Zafar Jul 09, 2013 03:24pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 03:28pm

@batul: sho marna hai

Reality Bites Jul 09, 2013 03:40pm

@batul: Short of blonds perhaps!

AP Jul 09, 2013 03:38pm

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

AP Jul 09, 2013 03:44pm

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

fazalpai Jul 09, 2013 03:47pm

OLD towards GOLD

Bilal Jul 09, 2013 04:06pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 04:31pm


STOP lecturing others.

G.A. Jul 09, 2013 05:05pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 05:08pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 05:44pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 05:50pm

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

Fari Jul 09, 2013 05:49pm

Ohoo.....assi te reh gaye.

Apne mulk li larkian marr gayeen theen? :(

sja Jul 09, 2013 05:50pm

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

sja Jul 09, 2013 05:53pm

@Sridhar: that is a real sir dard, sorry

A Pakistani Jul 09, 2013 06:10pm

Good luck Wasim Akram.

vijay Jul 09, 2013 07:02pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 07:18pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 07:38pm

Congrats Wasim 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 Jul 09, 2013 08:28pm

@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 Jul 09, 2013 08:58pm

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 Jul 09, 2013 10:22pm

Very Happy News. Congratulations Waseem Bhai.

fahad Jul 09, 2013 10:26pm

i m big fan for wasim akram bhai

Komal S Jul 09, 2013 10:54pm

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

khan Jul 09, 2013 11:56pm

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 Jul 10, 2013 12:08am

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 Jul 10, 2013 12:20am

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

Shaima Jul 10, 2013 12:57am

@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 Jul 10, 2013 02:53am

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

shahzorullah Jul 10, 2013 08:40am

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

Javed Iqbal Jul 10, 2013 11:07am

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 Jul 10, 2013 11:11am

@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 Jul 10, 2013 04:17pm

@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 Jul 10, 2013 07:52pm

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

ARIF KHAN Jul 10, 2013 09:12pm

Congratulations. I am happy for you.

SubhsubhBol Jul 10, 2013 10:16pm

@Khurram Jadoon: No dude, looks like it is quite the contrary actually...what Sridhar has suggested is well above your level of's something to ponder....if you cannot convert to another faith you shouldnt expect the other person to convert to 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 Jul 11, 2013 01:36am

@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 Jul 11, 2013 07:49am

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

AJ Jul 11, 2013 07:49am

@Javed Iqbal: Well said

Khanny Jul 11, 2013 08:43am

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 Jul 11, 2013 10:23am

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 Jul 11, 2013 11:04am

Congrats Wasim. All the best and Happy married life.

expat Jul 11, 2013 12:21pm

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 Jul 11, 2013 12:30pm

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 Jul 11, 2013 12:45pm

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 Jul 11, 2013 01:10pm

@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.