Kiwi commentator had been in hot waters during PSL due to his periodic critique of Pakistan captain
New Zealand commentator and former international cricketer, Simon Doull, has finally opened up about his one on one conversation with Babar Azam during the PSL match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United.
In a video posted on Twitter, Doull said that he thinks there resides a fear within Babar Azam of getting out, and that is where he needs to work.
"I told Babar that you are the best player in the country; I believe you should be bullying this tournament and owning these bowlers. You, at times, are afraid to get out, but you shouldn't ever be afraid to get out. At some point in your innings, that shows, and that was kind of the gist of my whole chat with him," Doull said.
"Someone messaged me yesterday. Quinton de Kock slowed down, getting to his hundred. Did they win - yes. The simple tactic is if you are chasing and pacing the inning and are at home, you win - there's never going to be an issue. I'll never have a problem with it. But when you're setting, and you don't know what a good score and particularly at that stage at that game is, there were so many resources waiting in the wings that you just have to keep going."
"That was the whole crux of the comment. At times it gets blown out of proportion. I'll never ever hide behind anything that I say. I said it at the time, I stuck by it, and I have no issue that I said it," Simon concluded.
Babar was criticised by Doull for slowing down to complete his maiden PSL century during the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators in PSL. Doull got a lot of flak from Zalmi captain’s fans due to his criticism of Babar.