USA vs. PAK: "He will not qualify as a goalkeeper" – Rashid Latif on Azam Khan as goalkeeper faces severe criticism and trolling

Rashid Khan defends Azam Khan

Former Pakistani cricketer Rashid Latif jumped to the defense of the attacked Azam Khan. The Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman has faced harsh criticism and trolling for not justifying his place in the team.

While he has always been the target of trolls for his physique, the situation has become serious after his poor performance on the field in the recently concluded series against England. In the last game of the series, Azam Khan lost his wicket due to a brutal bounce from Mark Wood before making a series of errors behind the stumps. After the poor performances, his place in Pakistan’s squad for the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup is being questioned.

Earlier, Azam Khan had openly spoken about how he deals with trolls. Son of Pakistan great Moin Khan, the 25-year-old revealed that he has been using trolling as a source of motivation. Speaking on Geo News, the under-pressure cricketer revealed that he has a poster in his room containing all the names he has been called.

“Parchi, aloo, mota, sifarshi, nepotism, Gainda, baby elephant… I have written all these things on a poster in my room, and every day before I go to training, I look at them and that gives me extra confidence to Do well,” he said.

However, it seems that the trolling has finally taken its toll. She has restricted the comments section in addition to deleting all the photos she had posted on Instagram.

Rashid Khan defends Azam Khan:

With not much going right for Azam Khan at the moment, Rashid Latif has come to his defense. The former cricketer stated that the youngster has been under immense pressure and also noted that he has also been body-shamed. Latif also called Azam “an exceptional batsman in T20” before saying that he does not rate him as a wicketkeeper.

“He is under immense pressure. He is shamed and trolled.” Latif told The Indian Express.

“Azam is an exceptional batsman in T20. He is a clean batsman, he plays well with spinners, he has worked on his game against pacers. But I will not rate him as a wicketkeeper. It has nothing to do with his fitness, but because” He doesn’t have that experience. He is still very new and raw at the international level.” he added.

Azam has played 13 T20Is so far and is yet to prove himself in international cricket. He has so far managed to score only 88 runs at an average of less than 10. However, he has done well in franchise cricket. In the PSL, he scored 1,140 runs in 50 innings at a strike rate of 146.90. He has also done well in the Caribbean Premier League and Pakistan will be hoping that he delivers for them in the ongoing T20 World Cup.