In cricket, clashes aren’t confined to the pitch; they often spill into the digital arena. The recent episode involving Irfan Pathan and Babar Azam has set social media abuzz. Star Sports, in a bid to bring cricket fans an exclusive interview, approached Babar Azam through Irfan Pathan.
Babar Azam respectfully declined the interview opportunity, citing his stance on interacting with those who speak against his homeland, Pakistan. Irfan Pathan has carved a niche for himself not just with his on-field prowess but also with his unabashed opinions on social media. The cricketer-turned-commentator has been consistently vocal, especially on matters concerning Pakistan. His candid remarks have resonated with many, earning him a dedicated following.
Here Is Why Babar Azam Denied Irfan Pathan For An Interview On Star Sports
Pathan found himself at the center of a controversy when he joined Rashid Khan in a celebratory dance after Afghanistan’s victory against Pakistan. While some criticized the move, others lauded it as a display of sportsmanship. This incident, coupled with his social media spats, has further fueled the fiery online exchanges.
Pathan’s online sparring sessions, where he robustly defends his viewpoints against detractors, have become a digital spectacle. His eloquence and sharp wit make him a formidable force on social media, creating a buzz that extends beyond the cricket field. He has been in a constant social media battle with trollers from the other side of the border. He is quite popular in Pakistan right now albeit for the wrong reasons.
Coming to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Babar Azam and his Pakistan team needs to defeat England in the last group stage game and also hope that Sri Lanka manage to defeat New Zealand in their last group stage game. Then, Pakistan can qualify as the fourth placed team in the semi final. India, South Africa and Australia have already qualified for the semi final.