Babar Azam’s cheeky reply to a journalist

Babar Azam
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Babar Azam of Pakistan celebrates after reaching 100 runs during game five of the One Day International series between Australia and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on January 26, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

When asked about players straining under a hard workload, Pakistani captain Babar Azam answered cheekily to the reporter. The 27-year-old took part in a pre-departure press conference on Thursday, August 11, before Pakistan’s three-match ODI series against the Netherlands and the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The journalist questioned whether the Pakistani cricketers were under pressure from their heavy workload and stress levels. After displaying his comical side, Babar continued by saying that the players will increase their level of fitness in the event of a lot more cricket.

“Don’t you think the players were depressed, the workload was more? So won’t it be a good idea if you people play only two formats?” the journalist asked.

“It depends on your fitness. I don’t think we should limit ourselves to two formats. Do you think I have become old?” Babar replied.

“The workload is much more,” the journalist added. “I don’t think so. If the load is more, then we will increase our fitness levels,” Babar replied. Pakistan has played a total of 12 international matches thus far in 2022.

From August 16 to August 21, Pakistan and the Netherlands will play three one-day internationals. The games will be held in Rotterdam at Hazelaarweg.

Pakistan will then travel to the UAE to compete in the Asia Cup. On Sunday, August 28, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, they will play their first game in the Gulf nation against Rohit Sharma’s India.

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