Former Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir reacted to Shahid Afridi’s text claim about a fight with Babar Azam during the recently concluded 2023 Pakistan Super League (PSL). He said the former all-rounder did not send him any messages about his dispute with the current captain. .
During PSL 2023, Mohammad Amir and Babar Azam got into a heated moment during Karachi Kings’ match against Peshawar Zalmi. The hitter looked extremely solid against the pacer, who looked agitated with it.
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After Babar Azam defended the ball from Mohammad Amir, the pacer tossed the ball in the direction of the batsman. This sparked controversy and many fans and pundits lashed out at the left arm pacemaker, including Shahid Afridi. The former Pakistan captain on national television mentioned that he scolded the fast bowler for his antics.
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“Whenever a player doesn’t play, or even if he does, I send him a message or call him. Similarly, I sent a message to Amir. I spoke to him respectfully, but also scolded him. I said to Amir, ‘what do you want?’ You’ve earned so much respect, faced a blot on your reputation, and come back from there. You have a new life, in a way. What are you trying to do?”
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“If you want to play for Pakistan, you just have to play alongside Babar. Will you be able to look him in the eye? Can he be played under his captaincy? Focus on his performance, control his aggression, and go home in peace.” Shahid Afridi had said.
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SL vs. PAK: “This was not in their texts at all,” Mohammad Amir says of Shahid Afridi’s comments.
Following Shahid Afridi’s comments, Mohammad Amir has now reacted. The pacer after four months said that the former Pakistan captain did not tell him anything about Babar Azam.
Mohammad Amir also mentioned that he had nothing with Babar Azam and that they respect each other. He called off all fights between them and explained:
“I got your message but it wasn’t this. He just praised my bowling and asked about my injury. But things like ‘how will you face Babar?’… this wasn’t in his text at all. What harm have I done to Babar? or vice versa? I found it very weird. I don’t know what he was thinking when he said that. I guess he talks a little fast so he might have said that by mistake,” he told Ary News in an interview.
“Babar and I have mutual understanding and respect. He never spoke badly to me and the same from me too. But the public thinks we are enemies. It was never like this”, He concluded.
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