Wasim Akram opens up about post-retirement addiction in his upcoming autobiography

Journaling life

Wasim Akram will now be coming up with his autobiography soon. In his upcoming book Sultan: A Memoir, the former cricketer has decided to pen it all down for the sake of his children. He wants his side of things out there even if the topic is as personal as dealing with a cocaine addiction. The former cricketer retired in 2003 after 18 years of playing internationally. According to ESPN, the cocaine habit followed his retirement when he started to crave “a substitute for the adrenaline rush of competition”, and ended after the death of his first wife Huma in 2009. Akram opened up about the matter in his book and an interview to The Times. “I liked to indulge myself; I liked to party,” he wrote. “The culture of fame in South Asia is all consuming and corrupting. Worst of all, I developed a dependence on cocaine. It started innocuously enough when I was offered a line at a party in England; my use grew steadily more serious, to the point that I felt I needed it to function.” “I’m a bit anxious about the book,” he said, “but I think once it is out, I’ll be kind of over it. It was tough to revisit all the things.”