PAK vs ENG: Babar Azam Protested And Refused To Step On The Ground. Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, opted not to play on Day 2 of the third Test against England out of protest, throwing the nation’s cricket into disarray.
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif called the entire situation disappointing and urged Ramiz Raja to look into the issue as soon as possible after confirming the development on a local news program.
For the first hour of the second day, Babar was absent, and Mohammad Rizwan took over as leader. It was initially thought that Babar’s absence was due to a headache, but it was later discovered that he had lingered in the dressing room because he was unhappy over an altercation he had with a security guard the previous evening when he was going for dinner.
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The incident reportedly took place the night before the second Test match day. The Pakistan captain was questioned by a security officer on Saturday night as he and a few of his teammates, including Imam Ul Haq and Azhar Ali, were making their way to a restaurant in Clifton to have dinner.
The players are required to tell security in advance if they want to leave the hotel premises, but this was not done in this case, leading to a heated argument between Babar and the security guards. The guard seemed to take offense only at Babar, which irked Pakistan’s captain.
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“Babar Azam is the captain of the Pakistan team after all”: Rashid Latif
The likelihood of a clash between Babar and the PCB, in Latif’s opinion, is the last thing Pakistan cricket needs right now. He expects the board chairman to intervene as soon as possible.
“Obviously, questions will be raised. The explanation was not stated. Whoever is to blame, chairman Ramiz Raja should look into it. Someone fresh has been assigned to Karachi, but he must be made aware that they are here to watch after the team and its players, not to bother them,” Rashid Latif said.
“He is the captain of the Pakistan team after all. This should have been looked into and I think as a protest, Babar Azam refused to step into the ground. I mean, the Pakistan cricket captain is complaining against his own board for his own safety. We need to ensure this doesn’t happen, “ Rashid Latif added.
The incumbent chairman, Ramiz Raja, is projected to lose his position as the PCB goes through a dramatic change. Babar can be questioned as Pakistan watches in shock as they lose by a score of 0-3.