Pakistan cricket great Wasim Akram has publicly savaged Qantas for his ‘pathetic treatment’, vowing to never again fly with Australia’s most popular airline. Akram, 56, claimed he was due to board a flight from Dallas to Melbourne on Tuesday, only for it to be cancelled.
The man dubbed the ‘Sultan of Swing’, who snared 414 Test wickets in a glittering playing career, wasn’t happy as he tweeted about the inconvenience. ‘Qantas airline never, ever flying with them again they cancelled my flight from Dallas to Melbourne just 10 hours before departure without any reason given.
‘We understand that delays such as this can be frustrating, but we will always put safety before schedule,’ a statement from a company spokesperson read. ‘The flight was cancelled due to unscheduled maintenance required on the aircraft. ‘And no help when I called their call centre, pathetic service. You guys have messed my trip up.’ Qantas responded when contacted by Daily Mail Australia for comment surrounding Akram’s gripe.
‘We contacted customers well in advance of their scheduled departure time and provided them with alternative travel arrangements.’ It is believed Akram was planning to fly to Australia for a holiday and Qantas confirmed he was rebooked onto a flight on Tuesday.
A third tweeted: ‘Welcome to our world Wasim. They have lost the plot and a lot of business. They have made some shocking decisions over the years, but as long as AJ (CEO Alan Joyce) gets his bonus, that’s all that matters.’
Plenty of Akram’s followers on social media were sympathetic, sharing their own tales of woe with Qantas. ‘Dreadful, arrogant airline,’ one tweeted, with another stating, ‘Same with me… changed flights multiple times, after cancelling and still NO refund.’
He then continued to travel globally on commentary and coaching assignments. Akram’s drug habit began after he retired, when he started to crave a ‘a substitute for the adrenaline rush of competition’. He got clean following the death of his first wife Huma in 2009, thanks to a stint in rehab.
In October, Akram opened up on his previous struggles with cocaine after his playing career ended in his autobiography, Sultan: A Memoir. Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker in both Test and ODI cricket retired in 2003 after an 18-year international career.