Pakistan cricket captain and star batter Babar Azam recently took a playful jab at his teammate and Punjab’s newly appointed caretaker Sports Minister, Wahab Riaz. The appointment was announced by the caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, and Riaz will serve in this role until provincial elections are held in the region.
During a recent episode of the PCB Podcast, Azam spoke about the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and his excitement for playing with Riaz in the tournament. However, the Zalmi captain also made a lighthearted comment about having to keep the pacer in check. Azam jokingly stated that Riaz sometimes gets overly excited and loses control during his bowling, but he would have to give him regular advice to help him stay in line.
It is worth noting that Azam holds the record for the most runs in PSL history, with a total of 2,413 runs. He has expressed his desire to score his first century in the league this year, and is positive about achieving this feat. Azam talked about how the competitive nature of the PSL excites him every year and how the league presents a new challenge each season.
The star batter shared how playing in different franchises, including Islamabad United and Karachi Kings, has helped him grow as a player and learn from other talented cricketers. He highlighted the importance of interacting with other players, getting to know their mindset, training regime, and the way they handle different situations. Azam believes that these experiences have helped him improve and develop as a cricketer.
The opening ceremony of PSL 8 will be held in Multan on February 13, followed by the tournament opener between the Multan Sultans and the Lahore Qalandars. The closing ceremony and final will take place on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host the play-offs. Azam is looking forward to making a good start in this journey and hopes to finally achieve his dream of scoring a century in the PSL.
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