Babar Azam set to perform Hajj this year

Rizwan, Faheem, Iftikhar, Fakhar, Inzamam will also perform Hajj this year

May 29, 2023
Babar Azam performed Umrah in Ramadan - Twitter/@babarazam258

Pakistan team captain Babar Azam alongside his mother is all set to perform Hajj this year. 

Sources told that Babar will go to Saudi Arabia in second week of June to perform Hajj. He will be accompanied by his mother. 

On the other hand, reliable sources also said cricketers including Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman will also perform Hajj this year. 

Pakistan's former Test cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq will also perform Hajj alongside his wife. 

Minister for Religious Affairs Mufti Abdul Shakoor, in March, said that 179,210 Pakistani pilgrims would perform Hajj this year.

Earlier this year in Ramadan, Babar, Iftikhar, Faheem, and Haris Rauf followed by other national cricketers performed Umrah. 

It must be noted here that Pakistan team has no international assignment till late July when they are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for two-match Test series. The ICC Test Championship matches might be converted into ODIs in case of Sri Lanka's World Cup qualification. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are already in discussion to play ODI matches ahead of the ICC World Cup later this year in India.

There is also uncertainty around Pakistan’s participation in the Asia Cup, which the PCB is supposed to host in September this year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to send their team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and is keen on ensuring that the event is held at a neutral venue. However, the PCB is not keen on hosting the event outside Pakistan since it would affect its efforts with regards to the return of international cricket in the country.

The BCCI is also unlikely to accept the hybrid model proposed by the PCB, which would have given India the option to play their matches at a neutral venue.