Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is engaged to Melbourne woman Shaniera Thompson, after proposing to the 30-year-old ‘on his knee and asking her to marry him’, according to the Herald Sun.
The former star cricketer, 47, proposed to Thompson, a former public relations consultant from Brighton who has converted to Islam, in their lounge room, added the Australian daily.
“It was the [most] romantic moment of my life because it was so genuine,” she was quoted as saying. “[Akram] was really sweet about it. He asked me what my dream proposal would be and I said I’m not the type of woman who likes a big scene. I would want it to be at home or somewhere private.
“Then I came into the lounge room and he was on his knee and asked me if I’d marry him.” The pair met in Melbourne in 2011 and Akram said he was happy he had found love.
“I never thought I would get married again, but I am lucky and very happy to find love again,” Akram was quoted by the daily. “It just goes to show that life can give you a second chance.”
Akram’s first wife, Huma, died in 2009. The star cricketer is a father to two boys, now aged 15 and 12, from his first wife. The former captain was also among the headlines after reports of an affair with Indian actor Sushmita Sen. Akram denied those rumours.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2013.