T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram believes Azam Khan is not helping his case

The wicketkeeper-batter has failed to leave a mark for Pakistan

By Web Desk
June 09, 2024
Former Pakistani pacer and captain Wasim Akram - AFP

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter, Azam Khan has been under fire due to under-performing for the team. 

In Pakistan’s opening game in the T20 World Cup 2024 against the USA on June 6, Azam got out on a golden duck and Pakistan later lost the match.

Former Pakistani pacer and captain Wasim Akram has also opened up on Azam’s poor display in international cricket including the match against the USA.

In an interview with ABP news, Akram remarked that Azam is not helping his cause in the Pakistani team, “Babar needed a power hitter. Azam... he's my friend's (Moin Khan) son. He grew up in front of me, but he's not helping his cause,” Akram stated.

Azam Khan played his first T20I for Pakistan in 2021 based on his stellar stats and performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

However, while representing Pakistan, Azam has only scored 88 runs in 13 innings at an average of 8.80 with a high score of 30 not out.

Akram also reminded the current players that they can’t hide like players used to do before the advent of social media, now they will be criticized for their poor performance and small mistakes will be noticed by fans.

“During our times, you could've probably gone off the radar. There was no social media. You just cannot hide. When we played against the USA, you didn't play him as a wicketkeeper. He didn't field for 8 overs. He played as a pinch-hitter, but he couldn't come with Fakhar because he sat out for 8 overs. I just couldn't understand that,” said the legendary pacer.

Pakistan has been dropped from the lineup for the clash against the arch-rivals India currently underway at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Pakistan will play their next T20 World Cup 2024 games against Canada on June 11 and Ireland on June 16 and it is to be seen if Azam will make it to the playing XI's of both of these games.