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Cricket: AKRAM'S QUITTING.

Byline: MIKE WALTERS

WASIM AKRAM has announced his retirement from international cricket two weeks before his 37th birthday.

In a controversial but brilliant career, the former Pakistan skipper took 414 wickets in 104 Tests and became the only man to claim 500 one-day international victims.

But Wasim was also fingered by Justice Qayyum's damning match-fixing report two years ago, and he was at the epicentre of the ball-tampering row exposed by Mirror Sport in 1992.

Hampshire's overseas import said: "I've had my ups and downs, but if I could go back I'd not change a thing."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 19, 2003
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