Akram wants relief from court cases forever

Published: Friday, April 2, 2004, 19:37 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Friday said he was distressed over court cases against him and wanted to settle them once and forever for the sake of peace of mind.

"People seek publicity through cases and this jeep case is also one of them. I can't think of taking anyone's vehicle," Wasim said.

A civil court in Karachi on Wednesday rejected Akram's appeal for bail before arrest after a family friend, Saadat Hussain, filed a case against him for stealing his jeep a year ago.

The Clifton Police lodged an FIR against the legendary fast bowler last year and issued warrants against him. "He (Saadat) is the father of my wife Huma and he himself left the jeep at our home but its sale never came in discussion and now he has come up with a case," said Akram.

Court cases against cricket celebrities are common in Pakistan. Akram got bail in another case last month after a private citizen Najmul Abbas filed a case against the former great for modelling in an Indian liquor advertisement.

Akram had denied ever appearing in a liquor ad and said that he advertised for Royal Stag sports goods. Another case, against the only bowler to take more than 400 wickets in both Test and One-day Internationals, to restrain him from offering tips to Indian bowlers was dismissed recently.

The former pacer helped India's Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan and his name was proposed by Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for the post of bowling coach.

In the jeep case, Akram is set to hire the services of former Supreme Court judge Fakhruddin Ibrahim.

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