"I Was Never Upset With Babar Azam; There Are A Few Journalists Sitting At Home Who Are Making These Stories" - Wasim Akram

Updated - 28 Jan 2023, 06:00 PM

Wasim Akram and Babar Azam for Karachi Kings. Photo- PSL
Wasim Akram and Babar Azam for Karachi Kings. Photo- PSL

Pakistan’s legendary pacer and the chairman and bowling coach of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings, Wasim Akram has opened up on the reports of a rift with Babar Azam for the first time.

Babar Azam represented Karachi Kings till last year but went to Peshawar Zalmi during the PSL draft last month. The development comes ahead of speculations about a spat between Akram and Babar during their stint with the Kings in last year’s tournament.

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Wasim Akram and Babar Azam. Photo- PSL
Wasim Akram and Babar Azam. Photo- PSL

Trades Are Very Common In League Cricket – Wasim Akram

During a chat with Cricket Pakistan, Wasim Akram lashed out at journalists who wrote stories on Twitter about his relationship with Babar Azam. The former Pakistan captain claimed that trades are common in league cricket and he was never upset with Babar.

“I was never upset with Babar. There are a few journalists sitting at home who are making these stories. Their job is to be on Twitter only. They won’t eat food, they won’t have tea, they are on Twitter 24/7. I haven’t met them even once,” Akram said.

Wasim Akram. Photo- Twitter
Wasim Akram. Photo- Getty

“Trades are very common in league cricket. It’s not my team, it’s the owner’s team. I keep talking to Babar regularly. He’s like my own son. Why would I be upset with him? I fully support him,” Akram further said.

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We Don’t Need Enemies, Our Own People Are Enough – Wasim Akram

Pakistan suffered a whitewash against England and failed to win a Test match against New Zealand in their home Test season. The Men in Green lost two finals: the Asia Cup and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Akram defended Babar Azam and said the Pakistan fans should support captain him during bad times instead of criticizing him.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (PC-PCB)

“We have to support our captain. (I’m saying this because) I’ve played under 7 captains. If our captain is inexperienced right now, removing him won’t do any good. But supporting him will. We don’t need enemies, our own people are enough. I’m seeing how people are criticising Babar left, right, and centre. It’s embarrassing. Please stop making fun of yourself. It genuinely hurts me,” Akram said.

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