Updated June 3rd, 2024 at 17:11 IST

SHOCKING! Babar Azam calls Azam Khan a 'GAINDA' in practice, Pakistan player gets upset - WATCH

Babar Azam could be heard calling Azam Khan "Gainda", which in English means Rhinoceros. Babar is receiving a lot of criticism after the incident came to light.

Babar Azam and Azam Khan | Image:X
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Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has come under the spotlight for allegedly body-shaming his teammate Azam Khan. In a video that has gone viral on social media, Babar Azam could be heard calling Azam Khan "Gainda", which in English means Rhinoceros. Babar is receiving a lot of criticism after the incident became public.

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Babar Azam calls Azam Khan a ‘Gainda’

The episode took place during a practice session of the Pakistan men's cricket team in Dallas, Texas. The video shows Pakistani players including Babar Azam and Azam Khan training on the ground. The incident did not sit well with fans who slammed Babar for not respecting his own teammate.

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Azam Khan, who is the son of former Pakistan cricketer Moin Khan, has been under the scanner for his performances and fitness. Former Pakistan players including the likes of Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt have criticised Azam Khan over his fitness standards. Afridi even said that he wouldn't let Azam Khan come even close to the Pakistan team based on his fitness alone. 

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Both Babar Azam and Azam Khan are part of the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup 2024. The incident occurred a few days before Pakistan's opening game of the tournament. These kinds of behaviour from a team's captain is not suitable before the start of such a big competition. It creates a hostile environment in the team and could also ignite animosity among players.

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Pakistan are slated to lock horns against the United States in their opening match of the T20 World Cup 2024 on June 6. The Men in Green will then face their arch-rivals India on June 9.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan

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Published June 3rd, 2024 at 17:06 IST