Pakistan's former cricket captain Wasim Akram says he escaped a gun attack in the southern port city of Karachi.

Akram said Wednesday he was on his way to a sports stadium when a man rammed his vehicle into his car and then opened fire before fleeing.

He told a Pakistani news channel that he did not know who was behind the attack.

Akram, 49, made his international debut with a one-day international against New Zealand in 1984 and was rated as one of the all-time great left-arm fast bowlers. He took 414 wickets in 104 test matches and another 502 wickets in 356 one-day internationals before retiring soon after the 2003 World Cup.

After quitting cricket, Akram became a sports commentator and started coaching Pakistani bowlers.