Former Pakistani captain and pacer Wasim Akram will be awarded with Young Leader’s Award at the first-ever young leader’s award for sports category. He will be the first-ever cricketer to receive the young leader’s award in sports. The event will take place in Melbourne, Australia. The legendary left-arm pacer, popularly known as Sultan of Swing, was nominated by the council for his fight against diabetes which he been fighting since 1997.
Talking to Express Tribune Wasim Akram said:
“I have fought against diabetes because of my discipline and hard work and the young leader’s award would be a just reward for my discipline.”
He will get the award during the World Diabetes Congress that will be held from 2nd to 6th December in Melbourne, Australia. The International Diabetic Foundation will be organizing the event.
Wasim Akram, arguably the greatest left-arm fast bowler ever, was born on 3 June 1966 at Lahore. Akram, who played for Pakistan for 18-and-a-half years took 916 international wickets. He was also an attacking batsman lower down the order, but he never really achieved his full potential with the bat. Akram has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and is also considered to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling. He took four hat-tricks in International cricket – two in ODIs and two in Tests. Akram’s 257 not-out against Zimbabwe in 1996 is the highest innings by a number 8 batsman in Tests. – Yahoo Cricket