Wasim Akram and Shane Warne have been bitter rivals on the field but have been good friends off the field, especially in the last 5 -6 years as stated by the former pacer in an interview with Fox Sports. Speaking of Warne, Akram said that Warne’s death shook him and that he was unable to sleep for a couple of days.

“You knows it is very difficult to talk about him right now. When I found out last night, I just couldn’t sleep. So it took me about a day or two to come back to terms to understand what has happened.” Akram said during the interview.

Warne was found dead in a villa in Thailand where he was allegedly staying with a few of his friends. His body is set to fly back to Australia on 10th March and the cricketing community has still not come to terms with Warne’s departure.

Akram said that he and Warne came close during the last 5 – 6 years as the former spinner was a close friend of Akram’s wife and in-laws. The former fast bowler also heaped praises on Warne for taking care of the guys, especially during the world series event which was the idea of both Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar. According to Akram, Warne was a larger-than-life character.

There is no denying that life is unexpected. Just before a day of his demise, Rod Marsh departed to heavens and Warne had put a condolence message for the former fast bowler on Twitter. There were reports that bloodstains were found in the rooms where Warne was staying but the police have ruled out any foul play. The former leg-spinner has had many controversial events in his life but was greatly revered not only by the cricketing fans but also by the former cricketers.