Born in 1971, in the terraced streets of inner-city Birmingham, Wasim grew up in a multi-racial neighbourhood, speaking Punjabi and English. Cricket was his passion. He couldn't afford a bat, so he pulled a plank out of the garden fence, nicked his Mum's best kitchen knife - and carved his own. In 1982, when Imran Khan's Pakistani Team came to Edgbaston, he walked five miles to the ground, knocked a hole in the fence and sat enthralled through a five-day Test.
A year later he left street cricket to train with Warwickshire under-13s. Ten years later the left-handed opener was scoring runs for fun alongside Brian Lara in a Warwickshire team that took the county scene by storm.
Ten years after that he'd been shunted off to Sussex, fallen out with his captain, languished in the reserves for two years, and found himself playing for a Derbyshire side that welcomed him with open arms - just so long as he didn't require any wages.
Wasim's story doesn't follow an expected biographical trajectory of latent talent, discovery and success, followed by one triumph after another. It follows a more sinuous path through the backwaters of county cricket. It tells us what it's like when talent appears to wither on the vine.
When Wasim realised his career wasn’t going as planned he cut it short, brutally. At 31 he quit. Just when he was wondering what it had been for he began to think about the area he grew up in, where he still has a home. He could see a new generation of kids with far less opportunity to play sport. So in 2001 Wasim set up Khan Cricket in the Community Ltd. Linked to 80 primary schools in Birmingham, staffed by professional cricketers and coaches, KCC offers today's youngsters a chance to play, to grow, and to regain a sense of community. Wasim is now Operations Director with the Cricket Foundation driving the £50 million Chance to Shine initiative, helping bring the sport he loves into schools, encouraging the cricket dream in others
Brimful of Passion is the official biography of Wasim Khan, the first Pakistani born in this country to make it as a county cricketer. It was written with Alan Wilkinson.