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I’m a cricketer, not a ‘gora’: Babar Azam hits back at criticism over English speaking ability


By: Sports Desk |

Updated: May 18, 2020 10:26:21 pm


Babar Azam replies to Tanvir Ahmed’s remarks (Source: Youtube screengrab & Reuters)

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s newly-appointed ODI captain, did not mince words in a response to former cricketer Tanvir Ahmed’s suggestion on improving his English speaking skills.

Cricketers from Pakistan including former skipper Sarfraz Ahmed have often been trolled for their weak English language speaking skills in the post-match press conferences and presentations. So Ahmed in a Youtube video had advised Azam to improve his overall personality and learn English to cope with the problem.

“Babar Azam also needs to improve his English, which is necessary. Whenever someone becomes a captain, he has to talk during the toss and post-match presentation. Plus, he will also give interviews on various channels when he tours different countries,” Tanvir said.

The 41-year-old, who had represented Pakistan in 5 Tests, 2 ODIs and 1 T20I, then faced flak on social media for his controversial comments.

Azam responded to the remark in a video which was widely shared on social media and said, “I’m a cricketer, my job is to play cricket. I am not a ‘gora,’ who knows English completely.”

“Yes, I am working on it, but you learn these things over a period of time, you can’t just suddenly learn it,”.

The Lahore-born cricketer also talked about cricket after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We know better than other teams how it feels to play without a crowd having played most of our cricket in Dubai in last 10 years,” he said.

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“It’s not a great feeling for fans and it’s not great for us also,” he concluded.

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