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Azam Khan is not helping his cause, says Wasim Akram

In Pakistan's T20 World Cup 2024 opener against the USA on June 6, Azam was dismissed for a golden duck, contributing to Pakistan's defeat in the match

Azam Khan is not helping his cause, says Wasim Akram PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batsman, Azam Khan, has come under scrutiny following a string of underwhelming performances for the team.

In Pakistan's T20 World Cup 2024 opener against the USA on June 6, Azam was dismissed for a golden duck, contributing to Pakistan's defeat in the match.

Former Pakistani captain and legendary pacer, Wasim Akram, also weighed in on Azam's struggles in international cricket, particularly highlighting his recent performance against the USA.

In an interview with ABP news, Akram expressed his concern over Azam's lack of contribution to the team, stating, "Babar needed a power hitter. Azam... he's my friend's (Moin Khan) son. He grew up in front of me, but he's not helping his cause."

Akram also emphasized the increased scrutiny faced by modern-day cricketers due to social media, noting that players can no longer escape criticism for poor performances or errors on the field.

“During our times, you could've probably gone off the radar. There was no social media. You just cannot hide. When we played against the USA, you didn't play him as a wicketkeeper. He didn't field for 8 overs. He played as a pinch-hitter, but he couldn't come with Fakhar because he sat out for 8 overs. I just couldn't understand that,” he further added.

It is worth noting that Azam earned his spot in the Pakistan team based on his impressive performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and made his T20I debut for Pakistan in 2021. However, his performances for the national team have been below par, with Azam scoring only 88 runs in 13 innings at an average of 8.80, with a highest score of 30 not out. He has been omitted from the playing XI for the high-stakes clash against arch-rivals India currently underway at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.