In PSL 2023, Shoaib Akhtar explains why Babar Azam is not the hottest brand in Pakistan.

In PSL 2023, Shoaib Akhtar explains why Babar Azam is not the hottest brand in Pakistan.

Former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar criticised Babar Azam’s communication skills and asserted that current cricketers need to be media savvy in order to boost their brand value. Shoaib Akhtar argued that Babar cannot express himself if he cannot communicate since running the media and playing cricket are two separate occupations.

Babar, the captain of Pakistan across all formats, has previously come under fire for his communication skills, but he has responded by claiming he is working to improve. He said that playing cricket is his job and that he is concentrating on improving his English at a press conference in 2020.

In an interview with a local Pakistani station, the right-arm pacer criticised Pakistani players for their communication skills and said that Babar’s inability to speak English stopped him from becoming the most well-known player in Pakistan.

I don’t have a tarika for the baat karne. The team’s lack of personality and communication abilities is evident. How awkward they seem when they enter the presentation. What is your degree of English proficiency? (How difficult is it to learn and use English?) Playing cricket is one thing, and handling the media is another. I’m sorry, but if you can’t talk, you won’t be able to express yourself on television “said Shoaib Akhtar.

The right-arm spinner asserted that former cricketers like Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram, and himself are preferred over current players for commercial advertisements due of their superior communication skills.

Does any other cricketer have a pleasant voice when speaking? Why do only Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, and I get all the advertisements? The reason is that we approach it like a job.

Shoaib Akhtar’s 161.3 km/h delivery against England in the 2003 World Cup holds the record for the fastest delivery in history. The former Pakistan fast captured 178, 247, and 19 wickets for his country in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20 Internationals, respectively.

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