'I told Babar that you shouldn't be afraid to get out,' shares Simon Doull

Doull suffered criticism for calling out Babar's strike rate

By Web Desk
March 30, 2023
Simon Doull (L) and Babar Azam (R) - PCB

Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull, who is currently proving himself as a commentator all around the world, shared his conversation with Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam. 

Doull, who suffered massive criticism for pointing out Babar's strike rate during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8, disclosed that he had a chat with Babar on the same thing. 

"I told him that you are the best in the country. I think you should be dominating this tournament and owning these bowlers," he recalled. 

"At times you are afraid to get out and you shouldn't be afraid to get out. I think in some phases of your innings, it clearly shows. It was really my chat with him," he shared. 

Babar remained second highest run-scorer in PSL 8. While representing Peshawar Zalmi for the first time in the tournament, Babar scored 522 runs. 

During their match against Quetta Gladiators in PSL 8, Babar scored his maiden PSL century. Doull was commentating when Babar completed his first century in the tournament. 

While sharing his thoughts, the former New Zealand cricketer criticised the batter for taking too many balls to complete the century. 

“The last little while, that’s all that has been happening rather than looking for boundaries still, when you’ve got so much firepower to come [Mohammad Haris, Haseebullah Khan and all-rounder Aamer Jamal were waiting in the wings]. Hundreds are great, stats are brilliant, but it still must be team first," he had said during commentary. 

Following his statement, Doull suffered an immense backlash on social media. Fans called him out and supported Babar. In the same match, Jason Roy scored hundred off 44 balls to help Quetta chase down 241 runs with 10 balls to spare.