Former World Cup winner and Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram opens up on his cocaine addiction
Former Pakistani bowler and World Cup winner Wasim Akram opens up about his ‘dependence’ on cocaine after quitting cricket 19 years ago… while admitting he ‘couldn’t sleep or eat’
- Former Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram is candid about his cocaine addiction
- The 56-year-old retired from cricket 19 years ago after winning the World Cup
- Akram turned to drugs to fill the void left by the lack of competition after his retirement
Wasim Akram started a cocaine addiction that prevented him from sleeping or eating.
Akram, 56, retired 19 years ago as a World Cup winner with Pakistan and as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.
But he soon turned to drugs as “a substitute for the adrenaline rush of competition, which I have sorely missed, or to take advantage of the opportunity I never had.”
Former Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram (pictured) is candid about his cocaine addiction
Akram retired 19 years ago as World Cup winner with Pakistan and one of the best bowlers
In an interview with the Times, he admitted he feared the revelations in his upcoming autobiography “Sultan: A Memoir” would disappoint fans. “I loved to party,” he says in his book. “The worst part was that I became dependent on cocaine.
‘It started innocently enough when I was offered a line at a party in England; my use became more and more serious.
“One line would become two, two would become four; four would become one gram, one gram would become two. I could not sleep. I couldn’t eat.
“Like many addicts, part of me welcomed the discovery: the secrecy had been exhausting.”