Shoaib Akhtar shares his two cents on Babar Azam's absence in World Cup promo

World Cup 2023 will be played in India from October 5 to November 19

By Web Desk
July 22, 2023
Shoaib Akhtar addressing media during PSL - Lahore Qalandars

Pakistan's former Test cricketer Shoaib Akhtar criticised people behind not including Pakistan and Babar Azam's significant presence in World Cup 2023 promo. 

Akhtar spoke up on the World Cup promo controversy which is the talk of the town since its release. 

"Whoever thought that World Cup promo will be completed without Pakistan & Babar Azam's significant presence, has actually presented himself as a joke. Come on guys, time to grow up a bit," he wrote on Twitter. 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) released World Cup 2023's promo earlier this week, featuring Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan in the lead role. 

Cricket fans from across the world criticised ICC because of ignoring Pakistani skipper Babar Azam who is currently the world's number ODI batter.

Fans raised questions on the absence of the world's star batter in white-ball format, Babar.

The cricket fraternity also felt that the promo revolves more around the Indian cricket team just because the event will be hosted by BCCI.

It must be noted here that 10 teams will fight for the elusive title across 10 venues from October 5 to November 19, with the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad hosting the tournament opener and the final.