Former Pakistan batsman Moin Khan’s son Azam Khan, who is also a batsman, has lashed out at the country’s cricket system (the PCB) and its coaches for not giving him a fair chance to prove himself at the international level. He had a chance to choose words, which many current and former PCB officials may not like, while he was speaking to Shoaib Malik in a recent interview.
Azam Khan is currently participating in the United Arab Emirates International T20 League (ILT20) for the Desert Vipers. The 25-year-old will then fly to Pakistan to participate in the ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League, where he will represent Shadab Khan-led Islamabad United.
During game 19 of ILT20, Azam Khan launched an emphatic and fast-paced half-century, scoring 50 off 20 deliveries against the Gulf Giants. He would light up the entire Dubai Sports City cricket stadium with his great batting power which saw him bat with a terrifying strike rate of 250.
Azam hit a total of 9 boundaries in that innings. He hit 5 fours and hit 4 sixes with his efforts helping the Vipers reach the target of 162 set by the Giants. The Desert Vipers are currently on track to qualify for the knockout rounds as they currently sit in fourth place in the league standings and are scheduled to face the Dubai Capitals in their next match on February 9.
“Or they will throw me out completely…”, Azam Khan attacks the PCB
After taking some time off from Desert Vipers duty, Azam Khan sat down along with veteran batsman Shoaib Malik for an interview in which the two spoke on a variety of topics. They asked him what he thought about the number of opportunities he has had to play with the national team and he did not hold back when answering.
To put it in context, Azam has played as many as 8 matches for Pakistan, all of them in the shortest format from the number 6 position. He was also part of the national team that was defeated 4-1 by New Zealand in a 5-match T20I series. The 25-year-old was very honest and said that he will look for a way out if the PCB clarifies its stance on him.
“I always think that whenever I play (franchise) league cricket, I get a lot of opportunities because they know I can win games for them and that’s why they call me. But if you are giving me doubts that I am not good enough at this level, then that is fine, as I will look for my own way out as well.” – Azam Khan said to Shoaib Malik.
“I’ve made 3 different comebacks in the last 4 years and I’ve never played a full series (for Pakistan) so that definitely hurts. Or you throw me out completely after giving a full set, but don’t push my chances to the limit.” – Azam added.
“I play all my cricket with a clear mind and every time someone puts fears in my plans, I get frustrated. Whenever I play with foreign coaches, they never make me feel like I’m missing something. But every time I play for Pakistan, they make me feel like I am not a good cricketer.” – Azam Khan concluded.