Daily Grind: Wasim Akram – Sultan of Swing
The celebrated cricketer breaks his day down for us. From breakfast with his family, to shooting for his TV show and flying off for a cricket series the next day, the life of this legend sure is action-packed — and like most of Pakistan, we can’t get enough!
Time to wake up. No matter where I am in the world, I am always up between 6am and 6:30am. I am constantly on the go – one minute I’ll be in the bustling streets of Melbourne and the next minute, the quiet countryside in England. But, whether I’m at a seaside in Australia or in the middle of a jungle in Sri Lanka, I’m a creature of habit, and one thing is for sure: I’m an early riser.
As soon as I wake up, I can’t wait to see Aiyla. I make sure it is the first thing I do when I’m up and she is always sitting in bed waiting for me, greeting me with the biggest smile. She is the best start to my day! I then wake up Shaniera for our morning run. We get in the car with our iPods and water bottles, and head out for an eight-kilometre run.
We get back home, shower and then meet for breakfast. Our morning meal usually consists of coconut water, muesli (Shaniera makes her own organic muesli), eggs, toast, keema and a mix of beetroot, carrot and apple juice. We always sit together for breakfast and chat about the day ahead of us over some green tea.
Today we are doing all of our shopping. Shaniera and I go over what items are needed in the house and we then head out to the shops. I love helping out with the house when I’m home in Karachi.
I’m on my way for my monthly visit at NGents — this is ‘me’ time. Zair is opening earlier for me and meets me at the door with a smile. I get my haircut, a pedicure and a shave. I really enjoy going to NGents as they are very professional and know exactly how I like my hair.
I meet Shaniera and the kids at home for lunch. Today we are having roast chicken with Shaniera’s rosemary and garlic-roasted potatoes as per the children’s request. With this we also have a big green salad, and of course some daal chawal.
When I am on holiday, I always take an afternoon nap. Even if I don’t sleep, I still rest for an hour by reading or just lying down and listening to music.
Off to the gym! Today my son Tahmoor is accompanying me.
I’m going to a fitting for a commercial I am filming tomorrow. This is something I do often these days. My designer is Sahaib & Farhan, and they are so good at their job! I don’t tell them what is needed — they come up with the best ideas themselves. The style they usually choose is modern, edgy and unique. They are going to be a huge deal, real soon.
I just came back from a meeting to see the final cut of an episode of my show, The Sportsman, which recently launched. I’m super excited about being a part of this show, and really hope you all enjoy it!
I surprise Shaniera with a big bouquet of flowers. She loves surprises and loves flowers even more. It’s been a great start to a fantastic evening.
We say goodnight to Aiyla and the children, and head out to a friend’s house before dinner. We normally eat around 8:30pm, but tonight is our good friend Rameez’s birthday, so we are meeting him a little later in the night.
We arrive at our favourite restaurant, Okra, and meet our friends. Tonight I’m having my favourite dish, the ‘Red Snapper’. I’m so hungry!
We are heading home, and ready to sleep. Tomorrow I am flying off for a series. I hope we win this one! Good night everyone.
Courtesy: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE – MAGAZINE