Babar Azam 'to file defamation case' against YouTubers, former players

Pakistan captain felt disheartened by the allegations during T20 World Cup 2024

June 21, 2024
Babar Azam talking in the huddle. - ICC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam could take legal action against YouTubers and former players who accused him of misconduct during the T20 World Cup 2024, Geo News reported on Friday.

Following Pakistan's early exit from the competition, criticism mounted against Babar and the team's performance.

Sources indicate a social media campaign targeted Babar during the tournament, prompting him to feel disheartened by the allegations.

Babar is reportedly considering sending legal notices to the individuals involved and has begun consultations with legal experts.

The Pakistan Cricket Board's legal department is said to be gathering evidence related to the statements made against Babar by YouTubers and former players.

The Pakistan cricket team didn’t qualify for the Super Eight, which led to its elimination from the tournament. The team is facing criticism over their poor performance in the group stage matches.

Pakistan were defeated by debutants USA by five runs in a Super Over tie and against India by six runs. They managed to win against Canada on June 11 by seven wickets.

With the match between the US and Ireland abandoned due to rain on June 14, the co-hosts secured one point, consequently ending Pakistan's hopes of proceeding in the tournament.

The national team's last league game against Ireland was only a formality, after which the squad returned home.