Former Pakistani pacer Aqib Javed shared a piece of advice for rising player Azam Khan. In a recent interview, the veteran suggested that either the starlet should quit cricket or transform himself into a cricketer.
Azam Khan is the son of legendary wicketkeeper Moin Khan and has represented Pakistan in only three T20Is so far. The 23-year-old made his international debut in the T20 series on Pakistan’s tour of England. Although the youngster could only play seven balls in that series.
Former Pakistan Cricketer Makes Big Claim
The Right-hander came into the limelight after being traded from Islamabad United to Quetta Gladiators earlier this year. Many speculations were being made of Khan being favored due to his father being a dominant figure in Pakistan cricket. Leaving all the white noise aside, he played some iconic knocks for the Gladiators this season.
Aqib Javed, who was part of the 1992 World Cup-winning squad appeared recently on ARY News’ Eid special ‘Sports Room’ with his wife Farzana Aqib and gave some fiery responses to questions put forward by host Najeeb ul Hasnain. There he advised Azam Khan to improve his game as he seemed unimpressed with the fitness of the bulky right-hander.
“Hasan Ali should work on his fitness”. “Azam Khan should either quit cricket or else transform himself into a cricketer,” he told the host. During a rapid-fire segment when asked about the laziest player on the team he took Sohaib Maqsood’s name. “Haris Sohail is quite lazy as well as Azam Khan,” he added.
In a comparison between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, he stated that Babar is his favorite. Moreover, when asked which is the better one among Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Shah Afridi, he chose Afridi stating that Afridi has proven his mettle in ODIs and test matches as well.
Furthermore, Javed shared some words of wisdom for young cricketers suggesting that Umar Akmal should focus primarily on Club cricket and advised Ahmed Shahzad to do the same.
Azam Khan was named in the initial squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. However, he lost his spot to former captain Sarfraz Ahmed due to his poor form in the National T20 Cup last year.
“I just played seven balls in international cricket,” he said. “I made mistakes and I’m trying to overcome them. My goal is to represent Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup,” he told while speaking to SAMAA.