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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 10:52 GMT

Wasim sets Cup record
Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram became the most capped World Cup player when he took the field against Namibia on Sunday.

Wasim Akram takes the wicket of Matthew Hayden during Pakistan's opening World Cup match
Wasim took three Australian wickets in Pakistan's opening match

The 36-year old, playing in his fifth World Cup, overhauled former team-mate Javed Miandad and Australia's Steve Waugh who both played in 33 matches.

Andhe celebrated the milestone in style taking five wickets for 28 runs at Kimberley.

"A World Cup is the main event in any sport so I am delighted at this record," said the left-arm seamer.

"I would have liked it to come against a tougher opponent than Namibia, but anyway it is a big honour."

Wasim is one-day cricket's most successful bowler with 493 wickets. He also has 414 Test wickets, the only bowler to surpass the 400 mark in both forms of the game.

"This is my fifth and last World Cup so I want to make it memorable for my country and for myself," said Wasim, whose World Cup tally of 46 wickets is also a record.

"This is the most open tournament where every team will win some and lose some, so our loss to Australia was one of those things."

Wasim said Pakistan's crucial matches will be against England and India.

"If we win both we will be in the super six round," he said.

Pakistan meet England in Cape Town on 22 February and arch rivals India at Centurion on 1 March.



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