Wasim Akram receives Honorary Fellowship from UCLan598 views
Former Pakistan captain and Lancashire fast bowler Wasim Akram was today honoured by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with an Honorary Fellowship.
The ex-Lancashire skipper accepted the prestigious award in front of a packed crowd at Preston’s Guild Hall.
Akram, a devastating swing bowler and no mean hitter of a cricket ball either, was awarded for making a significant contribution to cricket during his career.
Following his retirement from playing he has stayed involved with the game through commentary and coaching, including a successful spell working with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“It’s a massive honour and a privilege for me to receive this Honorary Fellowship,” he said.
“I never thought I would be wearing academic robes so to get this award from such a fantastic University is absolutely overwhelming.
“I love Lancashire, I enjoyed playing for Lancashire, I still have a house here, I come back to visit my friends and everyone is so friendly.
“The people are so hard-working and that is what I learned from my time playing here, you have to work hard to achieve success.”
Akram, who made his Test debut for Pakistan in 1985, has taken more wickets in the World Cup than any other bowler, is one of three men to have taken four international hat-tricks and holds the record for the higest score by a number eight in Tests.
His record of 414 Test wickets and 502 One-Day International wickets are national records.
Akram, who played for Lancashire between 1988 and 1998, added: “Nothing is easy in life, there are no short cuts but these graduates are in a privileged position to accept good opportunities and my message is clear, hard work prevails.”
A spokesperson for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) said: “We are delighted to confer an Honorary Fellowship to a sporting great who has a great affinity with our county.
“Wasim Akram’s performances for Lancashire County Cricket Club will always be remembered with great fondness.
“His inspiring performances with his trusty left arm brought success in the domestic game while his award-winning career flourished on the international stage with Pakistan.
“He has achieved so much success during his career and he is a great example to our graduates and our wider University community.”
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