Pakistan Cricket Team captain Babar Azam has been in the news ever since he stepped into international cricket for his antics both on and off the field. He has bestowed the leadership duties of the national team at a very early age and is also the team’s No.1 batsman. While he has successfully managed his duties on the field, he has had to tackle quite a lot off-the-field issues.
On Friday, the Lahore court directed the Federal Investigation Agency to file a harassment case against Babar Azam after these grave allegations were levied against the cricketer by a woman. The talismanic run-scorer has also been accused of blackmailing the woman who filed the complaint against him with the FIA. Meanwhile, it was last year that the woman had levied these allegations in an explosive press conference, claiming that Babar forced her to have an abortion after making false promises of marriage.
These charges won’t affect my game – Babar Azam
While these charges are enough to unsettle a human being but Babar Azam has admitted that he is ready to face these allegations. The 26-year-old cricketer said he has been used to handling such issues and is confident of them not affecting what he does on the cricket field.
“It is my personal issue and it is in court and my lawyer is handling it. We face all sorts of hurdles in life and I am used to it. This issue has not affected my form or cricket,” the Pakistan skipper said in a virtual press conference on Friday.
Babar Azam is currently gearing up for the series against South Africa. The Pakistan captain has had a few altercations with the selection committee too over team selection recently. Babar confirmed that he had asked for explosive batsman Sharjeel Khan to be included in the team but the selectors weren’t in total agreement because of the opener’s fitness issues.
“I have opened with him in the PSL and I know how destructive he can be. Yes, his fitness is up there but we will work on his fitness and improve it. They are always discussions and disagreements and agreements in selection committee meetings but in the end it is always for the betterment of the team and players and shouldn’t come out of the room,” Azam said.