After retiring from cricket, Wasim penned his autobiography, Brim Full of Passion. Published in 2005 the book was awarded Wisden Book of the Year in 2006.
'Brim Full of Passion follows this son of Kashmiri immigrants from the streets of Small Heath to leafy Edgbaston, where he breaks in through the fence to watch England play Pakistan. A year later he’s there legitimately, batting for the under-13s.
The dream is simple: Warwickshire, England, the world. After four gruelling years as an apprentice pro he makes the all-conquering Bears team of 1995, and is on the brink of the England `A` squad. But a loss of form, a dodgy selection policy, and one of the first British-born Asians to make the county grade loses his confidence. A move to Sussex is a disaster: he falls out with captain Chris Adams, can’t get a game, and winds up playing for Derbyshire for nothing. At thirty it’s all over and he’s embarking on a new career as a coach. Anything to stay in the game he loves.
Brim Full of Passion takes the reader into dressing-rooms from Edgbaston to Sydney; to the Kashmiri village where Wasim goes to bury his father; onto the field with International players, deep into the heart of the pro game where players share the joy of success but feed off each other’s failures. It charts Wasim’s extraordinary journey from ghetto to county circuit, from one-man coaching outfit with an office in his bedroom to one of the most important men in cricket, as the Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation’s £50 million Chance to Shine campaign, the single biggest grass roots sports development programme ever seen in the UK'.
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