CHENNAI: Huma Akram, the wife of former Pakistan captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram, died at a hospital here on Sunday.
Huma, 42, died following heart and kidney complications.
She was admitted to the hospital on Oct 20 in an emergency situation, suffering from fever. The air ambulance carrying her from Lahore to Singapore had stopped in Chennai for refuelling when her condition worsened.
Wasim was at her bedside for the last five days.
Arrangements are being made to fly her body back to Pakistan, hospital sources told local media.
Huma’s body is expected to be flown to Lahore early on Monday. According to television reports, she would be laid to rest by the afternoon in Defence.
Besides her husband, Huma is survived by sons Taimur and Akbar.
A trained medical practitioner herself, Huma had stints with some of the leading hospitals in Pakistan as a psychologist and a hypnotherapist.
In the mid-1990s, during Wasim’s second stint as captain, Huma also worked with the Pakistan team for a while as a psychological counsellor. Wasim also regularly credited her for helping him psychologically, especially in the aftermath of the players’ revolt against his captaincy in 1993-94.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt expressed the board’s grief.
‘We are with Wasim and his family at this hour of need and pray to God to give them strength to bear this great and irreparable loss,’ Mr Butt said in a statement. ‘All the management of PCB and fellow cricketers have also extended their condolences and prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul.’
Wasim played 104 Tests in an illustrious 17-year career before retiring in 2003 with 414 wickets. He was the first bowler to achieve 500-wicket landmark in One-day Internationals and claimed 502 wickets from 368 ODIs. — Agencies.
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