Ikram made sporting history becoming the first British Asian player to represent England in either code of rugby. Amongst others, he played for Leeds Rhinos and London Broncos, enjoying an illustrious club career. He also captained the Pakistan Rugby Union team to their first ever Tri Nations victory.
Ikram was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sport Science by Leeds Metropolitan University for his services to community sports development in the UK and abroad.
He has been featured in a publication ‘Did You Know’, a resource book targeting educational establishments, highlighting the significant contributions made to British society by ten past and present, Black and Asian role models, which was launched at the House of Lords. More recently, he has published his story, ‘Tries & Prejudice’ described by correspondent Andy Wilson of the ‘Guardian’ newspaper as, ‘an autobiography which is fascinating and inspiring’.
Today, Ikram is widely recognised as a champion of community integration, seeking to challenge social and cultural barriers through the medium of sport.