Former Lancashire County Cricket captain Wasim Akram is being awarded honorary fellowship from University of Central Lancashire for his contribution to the sport during his career. The left arm bowler began his cricketing career at the club, where he spent 11 successful years as both player and captain.

UCLan alumnus Judge Jonathan Rose will also receive a fellowship for the contribution he has made in his career as a law school graduate and his support for widening participation.

Former UCLan group chief executive Richard Hext will receive his for his services to UCLan, especially the growth and development of international business and overseas campus plans.

From Monday to Friday, nearly 4,000 students will don their academic caps and gowns and take to the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall for the prestigious degree and award ceremonies.

A UCLan spokeswoman said “Wasim Akram’s performances for Lancashire County Cricket Club will always be remembered with great fondness.

“His inspiring performances with his trusty left arm brought success in the domestic game while his award-winning career flourished on the international stage with Pakistan,” she said.