‘Wasim Akram bowls over Melbourne woman’

Published: July 8, 2013
“I never thought I would get married again, but I am lucky and very happy to find love again,” says Wasim Akram. PHOTO: Herald Sun

“I never thought I would get married again, but I am lucky and very happy to find love again,” says Wasim Akram. PHOTO: Herald Sun

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.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 8, 2013 - 4:13AM

    Congratulations to both of them.


  • asif
    Jul 8, 2013 - 6:44AM

    Glad you found love the second time around


  • Jul 8, 2013 - 7:28AM

    how long until she converts to islam, or has she already


  • Congrats Wasim Bhai
    Jul 8, 2013 - 8:26AM

    True Legend.


  • Gp65
    Jul 8, 2013 - 9:27AM

    Congratulations and all the best. So you bowled a maiden over- eh?Recommend

  • kapt slim
    Jul 8, 2013 - 9:36AM

    Very Impressive Wasim Bhai … You can surprise people at this age as well …. with your skills


  • Jul 8, 2013 - 9:53AM

    Congratulations Wasim bhai… :)
    She is better than Sushmita…
    Pakistanis already have some Indian “Bhabhies” , Good to have one from Australia :)


  • Truth_Prevails
    Jul 8, 2013 - 9:54AM

    U c guys how fitness counts! Wasim is 47, Type 1 Diabetic but seems super fit. So get off your couches & do some exercise starting today.


  • Imran Khan
    Jul 8, 2013 - 10:00AM

    Finally some one following my footsteps.



  • hash
    Jul 8, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Another divorce on the way. Beautiful Pakistani’s waiting for second chance. Why Aussie waiting 20th boyfriend?


  • Kal EL
    Jul 8, 2013 - 10:44AM

    He’s lucky.


  • Wassim
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:01AM

    I really do pray and hope that we dont have any wise statements from our brothers across the border. This is meant to be a happy news in an otherwise crazy world. I wish the couple all the very best and hopefully I get to see them in Pakistan.


  • M
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Wasim Bhai’s Jemima moment. Good going! After a cricketing bhabhi from England and India we now have one from Australia.


  • JK
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Super like :) :)


  • Dr Omar
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:33AM

    @ Truth: She already has, its says in the article and even if she didn’t, her religious beliefs are no ones business!

    We need to realize that religion is something personal between God and an individual, as long as no one is getting hurt or injured by ones beliefs, he/she should be free to pursue them and no one needs to justify their faith or wear their religion on their sleeves!


  • Bewildered
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:40AM

    Lets see how long she stays with him, as long relationship is not in their genes. Should have better known the famous adage about the untrustworthiness of 3 W’s, and learned from his mentor’s, – IK – experience. Anyway, good luck.


  • Jul 8, 2013 - 11:59AM

    An astrologist once said that Akram would never get married.


  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 8, 2013 - 12:00PM

    I am really delighted !!


  • Kashif
    Jul 8, 2013 - 12:01PM

    We are jealous…
    Shoiab akhter kahan ho… wasim has done it twice.


  • Jul 8, 2013 - 12:10PM

    He became aggressive as he urged pakistani bowlers here


  • Usman
    Jul 8, 2013 - 1:39PM

    Congratz both of you….. Wasim bhai aap tou ab bhi nai thakte ;)


  • Sonya
    Jul 8, 2013 - 1:57PM

    Hope this long last…. a chance for Australian women to prove…


  • Bewildered
    Jul 8, 2013 - 1:57PM

    Lets see how long she stays with him, as long relationship is not in their genes. Should have better known the famous English adage about the untrustworthiness of 3 W’s, and learned from his mentor’s (IK) experience. Anyway, good luck.


  • GhostRider
    Jul 8, 2013 - 2:34PM

    Our cricketers of pre-Inzamam generation have been the real mavericks and go-getters on and off the field, this attitude has been missing from our team ever since. Shoaib Akhtar was the last of the mohicans. Thumbs up Wasim Bhai “aap waqaye nahi thakte kiun k aap cigerette nahi petay.”


  • Tanveer Ahmed
    Jul 8, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Wasim bhai, aap thaktey nahi?


  • Aisha Munwar
    Jul 8, 2013 - 4:03PM

    Cogrates Wasim Bhaya, I am realy happy for you…Hope u both enjoy the marriage life…best of luck,,,,Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2013 - 4:44PM

    I like the way of proposing Shaniera Thompson. Well-Done Wasim Akram and best of luck for future live.


  • Slaman Khan
    Jul 8, 2013 - 4:59PM

    After you, Wasim Bhai.


  • I am a Khan
    Jul 8, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Seems he wanted to get the Aussie passport. He could not have gone as a skilled immigrant because he is over 45, so he used this route. I bet he will leave her as soon he gets the passport, giving pakistanis a further bad name and a further bad reputation.


  • Tanweer
    Jul 8, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Please Ms Thompson make a total conversion to Islam. Do not fly back home like Jemima Khan after a few years. Enter the world of Islam and give it a chance. Muslims are the happiest people in the world.


  • Pradeep
    Jul 8, 2013 - 7:14PM

    Not sure if Muslims are the happiest people but they surely seem the angriest.


  • Dr Dang
    Jul 8, 2013 - 7:28PM

    Just go to the 1st page of this newspaper & check who are the happiest people.
    Congrats Wasim, hope this doesn’t reverse swing.


  • GhostRider
    Jul 8, 2013 - 8:16PM

    How is that any of your business??? Next you will force her to wear niqab and further you ll want her to never come out of her house


  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Jul 8, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Wasim Akram
    The only true SUPER STAR OF PAKISTAN
    Wish you good luck


  • Bilal
    Jul 8, 2013 - 8:57PM

    Good luck Wasim bhai! App waqae nai thaktay!
    Jokes aside, our cricketers from the pre-maulvi era are real heroes. They had the spirit!
    English, Indian and now an Aussie! Way to go!


  • Bharat
    Jul 8, 2013 - 9:05PM

    Congrats Sir,may you have the best of everything in life.

    I along with your millions of Indian fans wish you best of luck


  • WasimFan
    Jul 8, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Go Wasim!! She’s a real hottie! Hope you make an India trip soon with the Missus. With best wishes from India.


  • Rahul
    Jul 9, 2013 - 3:52PM

    iran, iraq, syria, egypt, jordan, sudan, pakistan, afghanistan..till infinity…happiest people..sure..lion can eat grass but what you say cant be true.


  • ashar
    Jul 9, 2013 - 6:17PM

    He will be soon stumped.


  • Saad K
    Jul 10, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Nothing like a “gori” on your side to say that you have truly arrived on the world scene.


  • abc
    Jul 10, 2013 - 3:41AM

    @ Truth and Bewildered
    Wasim Akram is not an ambassador of Islam. So stop being such hypocrites!


  • Indian
    Jul 10, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Congratulations …interestingly, you can give away your Pakistani passport for an Aussie one but will make her convert to Islam…Love for religion but not for the nation which made you a star.


  • Karachiite
    Jul 11, 2013 - 10:59AM

    @Indian: Very well said


  • s-toronto
    Jul 11, 2013 - 11:24AM

    Wasim bhai, many congratulations to both of you, she is very beautiful… glad you found love for the second time… ignore the idiots here who are bringing religion into this… this is Wasim’s personal life… people please understand that there is a world outside the borders of Pakistan aswell, and there are wonderful human beings who are not muslim or Pakistani… at the end what matters is being human, and I am a muslim and Pakistani and love my country, but that doesnot mean that i hate and look at people from other colour and creed with any hatred or suspicion. I have lived outside my country for a while and I can tell you that everyone is human at the end, met some wonderful Pakistanis and thousands of wonderful “goras” aswell who treat you with compassion despite the recent problems attached to my passport and I will give you countless examples of Pakistanis here doing hundreds of ” do nambris” everyday and yet being munafiq and criticizing other countries and religions… and I hope that you guys change this post zia ul haq mentality too… Goodluck wasim…. Akram the king of Fast bowling !!!


  • B.D. Naul
    Jul 12, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Sushmita S. would have been a better option than this Aussie. Anyway Sush! don’t cry. I am there to marry you. haaa haaaa…….


  • eagleye
    Jul 13, 2013 - 9:10AM

    Congrats! Hope your sons bond well with the new ‘mom’ in their life. ET now that everyone has had their say ( self included) isn’t it time you scrapped this news?


  • Gul Khan
    Jul 15, 2013 - 12:22AM

    Wasim bhai’s classic late swing right in the block hole ;)


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