Watch: PSL trophy presented without Babar Azam as Peshawar captain Zalmi arrives late

Babar Azam arrives late for trophy unveiling

Babar Azam, who will lead Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL this year, arrived late for the trophy unveiling ceremony but all the other captains waited for Babar Azam to click the photo with the trophy.

Babar Azam joined Peshawar Zalmi from Karachi Kings last year and led the team to the second qualifier of the PSL last year. The Pakistan Super League is scheduled to begin on Saturday, February 17 and Peshawar Zalmi will open their campaign on Sunday against Quetta Gladiators.

During the trophy unveiling ceremony of the ninth season of the HBL Pakistan Super League, all the captains of the franchise were invited to click a photo along with the trophy.

There was Shaheen Shah Afridi who will lead defending champions Lahore Qalandars, Sarfaraz Ahmed who will lead Quetta Gladiators, Shan Masood who will captain Karachi Kings, Shadab Khan who will lead Islamabad United, Mohammad Rizwan who is captain from Multan. Sultans and Babar Azam, who will lead the Peshawar Zalmi this year.

While five captains were present and ready to click the picture on time, Babar Azam arrived a little late for the inauguration. When he reached the ground, the trophy was already unveiled, but everyone waited for him to click the image of all the captains in a box with the trophy.

Babar Azam is one of Pakistan’s most decorated cricketers and has a huge fan following among his countrymen and fans across the world. He is one of the best Pakistani batsmen and has made a name for himself by achieving numerous records.

Babar Azam was seen arriving late at the ground for the trophy unveiling ceremony and later hugged his Pakistan teammate Shadab Khan who was already present there along with other captains. Shadab Khan was the first to greet Babar Azam and hug him after he reached the ground for the group photo with the trophy.

Watch: Babar Azam arrives late for the trophy inauguration ceremony

Babar Azam He did not have an auspicious 2023 as captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Under his leadership, Pakistan finished last in the Super 4 tables of the Asia Cup 2023 and then had an early exit in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, where they suffered four consecutive defeats for the first time in the history of the ODI World Cup, which they included a heartbreaking loss against Afghanistan.

Babar Azam is off to a better start in 2024 as he was Pakistan’s highest run-getter in the recently concluded five-match T20I series against New Zealand where he smashed three consecutive half-centuries.

However, Pakistan ended up losing all three games and lost the series 1-4 to New Zealand, with the only positive being Babar’s batting performance in the series as he was struggling with his form for a long time.