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In Pakistan, Babar army attacking Wasim Akram after PSL match. Some even invoking Imran Khan

Former all-rounder Javed Miandad said winning and losing is part of the game and that one should go easy.

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Former fast bowler and Karachi Kings mentor Wasim Akram seemingly shouting down skipper Babar Azam during a PSL match has drawn sharp reactions from the Pakistan cricket fans with many of them questioning the former captain, calling him rude. Yet again, it’s the Babar army that is lashing out at Akram on social media. Also opposing Akram’s stance were the likes of Javed Miandad.

 

Wasim Akram, taken aback by the criticism, had to issue a clarification but not before the Pakistani media and experts had devoted plenty of airtime.

GeoNews anchors thought that Babar should not have been dealt with in such a way where it seemed he was being scolded. The channel blamed the team management for Karachi Kings’ performance throughout the season while recounting Babar’s achievements in international cricket.

 

Pakistani legend Javed Miandad also appeared to have not agreed with Akram’s approach towards Babar and the loss against Multan Sultan. In a post-match analysis on BOL News, Miandad said, “they (players) are not kids. Winning and losing is part of the game and one should go easy on such results. You can try your best, you can’t do anything else.”

BBN Sports, that has over 2.5 lakh subscribers, said fans are showing their anger against Wasim Akram by putting up WhatsApp statuses and writing on social media. Fans, according to the YouTube Channel, are saying that it was Akram who did not select a good team, not giving Babar the players he wanted.

A Samaa TV anchor said that Wasim Akram couldn’t control his anger after Karachi Kings’ eighth loss in the PSL. But the co-anchor was quick to add that there was no need for Babar fans to have gone all guns blazing against Wasim Akram. She pointed at the growing culture of Babar fans reacting sharply against any criticism of the star batsman. The channel called it an unwanted controversy.

 

Babar fans have called Akram’s behaviour ‘unacceptable’. They felt it was the bowlers who were to blame for the match outcome and not Babar himself.

 

Another Twitter user by the name ‘Jawad Imran’ wrote, “Sorry legend (Wasim Akram) But this is not a way to treat with a champion (Babar Azam)”.

Calling their ‘all format captain’ a champion, ‘Arshad Khan Tanoli’ said it was disappointing and reminded Akram that winning and losing is a part of the game.

 

“After loosing 8 consecutive games, a normal man can be aggressive but, Wasim Akram is a experienced athlete, he did very unprofessional act,” wrote another user.

A fan also invoked Imran Khan in support of Babar Azam.

 

But there were also those who came in support of Akram, including former batsman Salman Butt who said the Karachi Kings mentor couldn’t have been sitting idly and smiling because the team was in a good position before Chris Jordan’s 19th over.

 

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