Cricket legend Wasim Akram swings into Expo 2020 Dubai


DUBAI, – Two hundred and fifty cricket fans were given the chance to meet their idol Wasim Akram, one of Pakistan’s greatest captains of all time, at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub on Friday, 26 October.
Visiting Expo 2020 as Mastercard’s brand ambassador, Akram, who is widely regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers in the history of cricket, took part in a range of fitness-oriented activities and competitions with the guests, compered by radio presenters Kris Fade and Priti Malek. Prizes included a meet and greet with the player dubbed the ‘Sultan of Swing’ for 25 lucky winners.
Akram discussed his thoughts on Expo 2020, and the future of Pakistan cricket during his visit.
Can you tell us about your first impressions of Expo 2020 Dubai?
“It’s unbelievable. I haven’t seen anything like this ever – and I’m 55 years old. I also love how Dubai has created a fitness hub here – it shows how much the authorities support people in getting physically fit and healthy so they can live longer.”
What simple tip would you give to young cricketers who are trying to improve their game?
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a fast bowler, a batsman or a spinner: watch cricket because you learn a lot by watching cricket.”
What else have you seen during your visit to Expo 2020?
“The Pakistan Pavilion is next on my list!”
The UAE has become a second home for Pakistan cricket in recent years – do you think it gives an advantage over other teams when Pakistan play here?
“The UAE is definitely our second home – we know the pitches well and the weather is similar to Pakistan.”
And what makes the UAE such an attractive cricket venue?
“The facilities, hotels, security and grounds are some of the best in the world.”
Pakistan performed well in the T20 World Cup in the UAE this October/November and were arguably the best team in the tournament – are you optimistic about the future of Pakistan cricket?
“I think the team performed incredibly well on and off the field. Pakistan cricket is in good hands as far as their captain is concerned – Babar Azam has a bright future ahead. I think we have to wait and see if Pakistan will succeed and do well.”
What does the future hold for you personally?
“I do a lot of commentating, media and brand ambassador stuff, and I’m busy with Mastercard. I enjoy life and work hard. I eat well, sleep well and spend time with my kids.”


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