LAHORE: Pakistani King of swing, former Cricketer Wasim Akram got married to his Australian fiancé Shaniera Thompson.
Media reports say, Nikah ceremony (mandatory for Muslim marriage) took place in Lahore on Wednesday in a small family gathering. Only family members were present in the event.
Akram announced his engagement with Shaniera Thompson, a former public relations consultant, 2 months back.
47 years old Wasim Akram’s first wife Huma Wasim died in 2009. Wasim has two sons from his first marriage.
Wasim said that Shaniera will settle in Pakistan. She has reportedly converted to Islam.
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.
According to media reports a grand reception is expected to be held in September or November.