Wasim Akram ‘apologises’ to New Zealander 25 years after causing him concussion

Former New Zealand first-class cricketer James Pamment regretted smashing Pakistani great for first-ball boundary

By: News Desk      Published: 03:57 PM, 3 May, 2020
Wasim Akram ‘apologises’ to New Zealander 25 years after causing him concussion

Pakistan fast bowling legend Wasim Akram has apologized to a former New Zealand first-class cricketer for causing him concussion with his lethal pace.

Former New Zealand first-class cricketer James Pamment did not get a chance to play any international match but then he surely has got the taste of what it is like to face a world-class international bowler like Wasim Akram.

The former Auckland batsman has revealed an incident when he was left worried even after smashing Wasim Akram for a 1st-ball boundary. The incident he recalled is from 1995-96 according to him, the time when his good performance in Shell Trophy had earned him a place in the squad which was to play against Pakistan in a tour match.

His team won the toss at Sedan Park and opted to bat. Wasim Akram served a juicy half-volley and Pamment pounced on it to hit a cracking boundary towards the side-screen. The batsman recalled that he started regretting even before going through his shot completely.

"Sort of halfway through executing that shot, I thought why did you do that? What a silly thing to do"

"I knew what was coming. Next ball he ran in exactly the same but it was 35 kmph faster, hit me flush on front of my helmet, the badge exploded and landed on the floor right next to me, so I casually picked it up and put it in my pocket and set myself for the next ball," James Pamment said.

Pamment missed the next ball by metres and on the delivery after that 'he managed' to get a knick which was caught by Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was standing in the slip cordon.

James Pamment, started walking back to the pavilion, may be even thanking God for ending his on-crease torture, but sadly the day had saved more embarrassment for him.

On his way back, the Kiwi cricketer had started feeling the effects of Wasim Akram's venomous bouncer and found himself walking towards the opposite end of the pavilion.

"I put my bat under the arm and set off walking, must be walking for about 30 seconds, pretty closed to the boundary edge and I get this noise 'Hey you are walking the wrong F*****g way. Instead of turning around and going towards the pavilion, I walked straight into the groundsmen shed. I thought what should I do? Turn around and walk all the way back again? So I casually walked into the groundsmen shed," Pattinson said, adding he was having concussion.

Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has reacted to the anecdote shared by Pamment and apologised for the concussion. Wasim also asked Pamment what made him think that it was a 'good idea' to hit him for a first-ball boundary.

"Haha don’t remember it but it sounds like me! What was going through your head to think it was a good idea to drive me on the first ball anyway haha?? Sorry about the concussion mate," Wasim Akram tweeted cheekily.