Wasim Akram marries Australian girlfriend

By AFP
Published: August 21, 2013

This handout photograph provided courtesy of Wasim Akram shows former Pakistani cricket captain Wasim Akram posing with his Australian bride Shaniera Thompson during their wedding ceremony in Lahore on August 12, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Famed Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram on Wednesday announced that he had married his Australian girlfriend, Shaniera Thompson, saying he has started a new life on a happy note.

“I married Shaniera in Lahore last week in a simple ceremony and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife and for my kids,” Wasim told AFP.

The 47-year-old’s first wife Huma died in 2009 after multiple organ failure.

Wasim proposed to 30-year-old Thompson, a former public relations consultant, on bended knee last month.

Thompson came to Karachi earlier this month before going to Lahore to see Wasim’s ailing father, where the marriage was solemnised.

Wasim said Thompson had converted to Islam and is learning Urdu.

“She has embraced Islam and is learning our language. She has been close to my sons and they form a very good bond,” said Wasim of his two sons from his first marriage.

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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Reader Comments (63)

  • Candid1
    Aug 21, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Congratulations to both. Wishing you a very happy life together.

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  • Ali
    Aug 21, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Wish you a happy and blessed life Wasim bhai :)

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  • Chodhary
    Aug 21, 2013 - 4:51PM

    My best wishes for Wasim and Shaniera! So I think JUIF’s cheif Moulana Diesel must be working on his press conference speech to declare Wasim a Jewish agent.

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  • INDIAN SHIA
    Aug 21, 2013 - 4:52PM

    Congrats Wasim…. best of luck for both of u :)

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  • Rehan
    Aug 21, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Congrats to both Wasim and Shaniera…..

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  • Saim
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:04PM

    “She has embraced Islam and is learning our language.

    ah…………………. obviously scared of Mullah’s !!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Congratulations to Wasim and good wishes for future.. Who I am to object but I must say that our celebrities, politicians, mullahs, generals and everyone else at top want best for themselves and their families but propose Talibani Nizaam for common people.

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  • Kaleem
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Wasim proposed to 30-year-old Thompson, a former public relations consultant, on bended knee last month.

    Mentioning the bended knee was important? :D Privacy please ;)

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  • Khan-From-Peshawer
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Congratulation my Hero, wish you Happy Life…

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Brave move by the lady in these troubled times, congratulations to the couple

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  • Usman
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:42PM

    Congrats man! Wasim soon to be an aussie national, waqar already is! About time they should clear out their differences and be buddies :)

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  • Jeans
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Sada Suhagan reho Shaniera Thompson Bhabhi ;)

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  • RAW is WAR
    Aug 21, 2013 - 5:58PM

    cool

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  • expaki
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:02PM

    “Wasim said Thompson had converted to Islam and is learning Urdu” No matter how you try to represent her, Mullahs of Pakistan will never accept “, she has REALLY converted.
    We have Imran a JEW AGENT- according to Fazal,- Now its your turn man. You start teaching her ARABI for good and bad. Congratulation and happy hereafter

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  • Charlie Chaplen
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:05PM

    please stay away from molana fazul-ur-rehman. stay happy

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  • Ali Shah
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Best of luck for the future Wasim. May you two have a blessed future.

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  • bilal
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:13PM

    congrats

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  • Water Bottle
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Mahsallah! Subhanallah! Jazakallah Khair!Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2013 - 6:45PM

    Both look good :)

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:54PM

    and she converts to islam……..that explains everything!

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  • huh
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:54PM

    @Saim:
    Now she would be scared of judgemental guys like you.

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  • SMA
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Haye! they look so good together!

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  • Imran Khan
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Welcome to the club bhai.

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  • Asad@NYC
    Aug 21, 2013 - 6:56PM

    It’s great when people fall and get back up on their feet to live this life positively. Congratulations to the couple!

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  • Kevin Aronold
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Congratulations to the happy couple and best of luck

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  • Hasan
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:26PM

    I think Wasim has done great injustice to his sons by marrying twice. Now all his attention would be diverted to this Australian-money & glamor oriented- women, instead of his sons.Sad day for all children of the world

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  • Hasan
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:26PM

    I think Wasim has done great injustice to his sons by marrying twice. Now all his attention would be diverted to this Australian-money & glamor oriented- women, instead of his sons.Sad day for all children of the world.

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  • somi ali
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:28PM

    why she has converted to Islam? Why Akram did not become a christian?

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  • Raj Kafir
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:40PM

    One more addition to the religion of peace.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Aug 21, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Congratulations.

    Try to avoid the foot steps of Imran Khan.

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  • Baba Ji
    Aug 21, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Shabaash cheetay !!!!

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  • John B
    Aug 21, 2013 - 8:11PM

    @somi ali:
    Your are asking commonsense question but such questions are not allowed. Read what sharia says about marrying or adopting an infidel.

    Nearly all religious congregation impose the bride or groom to convert to the faith under whose faith the wedding is solemnized. But Islamic sharia is an exception as it is always oneway street.

    Waisim would have been an apostate Under your suggestion and punishment for apostate is ….?

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  • Rafiq
    Aug 21, 2013 - 8:21PM

    This women must be sincere muslim not like a bee which flies from flower to flower where the nectar is. Wasim no more publicity games for the newspapers be a true muslim when away from the cameras. By the way muslims do not propose no bended knee this is English culture. Walk like a muslim; eat like a muslim and act like a muslim.

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  • UMAIR
    Aug 21, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Congratulations sir :)

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  • Aug 21, 2013 - 8:48PM

    allah wasim ko khush rakhy

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  • Swapnil
    Aug 21, 2013 - 9:01PM

    “She has converted to Islam”

    Now there u go.. you guys!!!

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Aug 21, 2013 - 10:08PM

    @somi ali:
    Why Mr. Jinnah did not become Parsi instead of converting his wife to Islam??

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 21, 2013 - 10:36PM

    Lucky man.

    Got second wife in his life time.

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  • Umair Waheed, IBA Khayban e Hafiz
    Aug 21, 2013 - 10:45PM

    Waseem can I exchange my sana for Shania please

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  • عرل
    Aug 21, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @somi ali:
    Because Islam is the true religion

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  • Pappu
    Aug 21, 2013 - 11:33PM

    I think converting her to Islam was greater than the marriage itself. Ummah is so grateful to Wasim Bhai for this fariza.

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  • Aug 22, 2013 - 12:17AM

    Why can’t they simply follow their respective religions Is it compulsory for non-muslims to convert to Islam in order to marry a muslim (whether the non-muslim be the man or the woman)?

    For those like me who are not familiar with the laws related to marriage in Pakistan, could anyone enlighten me on this matter? Thanks.

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  • Ricky
    Aug 22, 2013 - 1:30AM

    In our society when would we allow our women to marry foreigners? We claim to be fair and equal rights for all but our men marry white girls and we all back them up and are proud of them. Who is going to marry our sisters and daughters if most of the top Pakistanis marry outside Pakistan? What is wrong with our Pakistani women and where are equal rights?

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  • vaticancity
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:06AM

    Must say she is very lucky to marry Wasim Akram, very lucky indeed.

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  • Zain M
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:37AM

    Thank goodness nobody is calling her Bhabi !

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  • Khan
    Aug 22, 2013 - 9:52AM

    @somi ali:
    Whatever they did was out of their own will .. so why is it bothering you? this isn’t a place for religious discussion.

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  • saim
    Aug 22, 2013 - 10:21AM

    @huh:

    take it easy…get a life man !

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  • ethicalman
    Aug 22, 2013 - 10:33AM

    and also She is 18 yrs younger to him..so when she was born he was playing cricket in australia..ha

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  • choclet
    Aug 22, 2013 - 10:48AM

    i bet the 1st aussie (tourist) this year!
    reena (roy) gone! jemima gone! hope shaniera doesn’t shuns pakistan!
    looking at the lighter side hope she proves to lure the aussies to hit the pitch here!

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  • SHAGY
    Aug 22, 2013 - 10:57AM

    @Petrichor

    As far as I know there is legally no restriction in a Muslim marrying a non-Muslim. Even in Islam a Muslim Man or Woman can marry a non-Muslim woman or Man (respectively) though it is always preferred that both parties are Muslim or the man is Muslim as the children follow father’s religion and pass it on to next generations.

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  • Petrichor
    Aug 22, 2013 - 2:52PM

    @Zain M:
    “Jeans” called her ‘bhabhi’ in his comment above.

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  • Milind
    Aug 22, 2013 - 3:23PM

    “@somi ali:
    Whatever they did was out of their own will .. so why is it bothering you? “

    Just because a Muslim converting to another religion bothers you.

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  • H.M
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Wasim Akram was never ‘Player of the Tournament’ of 1992 Cricket WC. It was Martin Crowe. Wasim was highest wicket taker along with Man of the Match of The Final.

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  • Aamir Shahani
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:20PM

    tis not a good business, bcz there are many serious doubts regarding the death of wasim first wife and matter about death had been subjudiced in Lahore highcourt for a long time, but remain undecided for unknown reasons… that is the duty of media to uncover the facts of this whole episode.Recommend

  • Sameera Castaneda
    Aug 22, 2013 - 7:09PM

    My husband is from Mexico and he is a catholic and I am from Muslim. We follow our own religions. We live in Nevada where there are few Muslims so this arrangement work well with us.

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  • Goran
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:34PM

    Congrats Wasim bhai….ET, player of tournament in 1992 World Cup was Martin Crowe, Wasim bhai was Man-of-the-Match in the Final.

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  • hasan
    Aug 23, 2013 - 4:43AM

    @عرل:
    Please get some help!!!

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  • Sajid
    Aug 23, 2013 - 11:22AM

    Congatez

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  • gp65
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:25AM

    @John B: Nearly all but not all. Hinduism has no such requirement. OF course the spouse may choose to convert but at least with 2 of my male cousins – one of whom who has married a Christian woman and another a Muslim woman – both ladies continue with their own religion.

    I do not believe Buddhism has such a requirement either. Must be something to do with Abrahamic religions.Recommend

  • np
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:28AM

    @SHAGY: “As far as I know there is legally no restriction in a Muslim marrying a non-Muslim. Even in Islam a Muslim Man or Woman can marry a non-Muslim woman or Man (respectively) though it is always preferred that both parties are Muslim or the man is Muslim as the children follow father’s religion and pass it on to next generations.”

    Islam forbids a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim man. If he wants to marry her, he must first convert to Islam. Islam permits Muslim men from marrying non-Muslim women as long as they were people of the book i.e. she was Christian or Jew as long as she is willing to convert subsequent to marriage.

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  • np
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:33AM

    @Sameera Castaneda: You could also have lived in India where there are plenty of Muslims but due to India’s constitution, Muslim clergy dare not butt in to people’s personal decisions. . Many Muslim women married Hindu men and each kept their religion. SOme current examples – Slman Khan’s sister Alvira Khan married to Atul Agnihotri a Hindu, Farah Khan the director, actor and choreographer also has a Hindu husband, Sanjay Khan’s daughter Suzanne is married to Hrithik Roshan – a Hindu. OF course the reverse examples are also true e.g. Shah Rukh, Amir, Saif have Hindu wives who have remained Hindu.

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  • Sophia Grewe
    Sep 4, 2013 - 2:28AM

    Congrats to both of u! I have a very dear guy in Peshawar whom I have known very well now for 2 years now. Would have loved to visit him now in Pakistan as I haven’t seen him since last year October, there we met the last time in Dubai. Never been to Pakistan but it must be a wonderful country with amazing landscapes despite the negative things that are often written about Pakistan. Keep up ur wonderful marriage !!!

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  • umar hayat
    Oct 10, 2013 - 5:18PM

    best of luck wsim bhai

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