Pakistan team skipper, Babar Azam, faced criticism from his own fans after he shared a video of himself riding a flashy sports bike on the streets of Lahore. Despite wearing a helmet, fans expressed concern for his safety, urging him to avoid taking unnecessary risks, especially with important tournaments like the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup on the horizon.
The incident brought back memories of Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s car accident last year, which resulted in his absence from the ongoing IPL 2023 season as well as the upcoming Asia Cup and ODI World Cup.
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Fans emphasized the importance of prioritizing Babar’s well-being and ensuring his availability for crucial matches. Babar meanwhile enjoyed a thrilling ride in the streets of Lahore as he shared the clip with the caption, “Ready, set, GO!”
Ready, set, GO! 🏍️ pic.twitter.com/BvwwiFuVCG
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) May 24, 2023
You are very precious bhai, please don’t ride a bike 🙏🏼❤️
— Khalid Minhas, MD FACC (@minhaskh) May 24, 2023
Arey KING 👑, Araam se 🌚😍
— Maze (@MuhammadMaze) May 24, 2023
No more bikes till the World Cup, please. No risks, skipper 🙏🏼♥️
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) May 24, 2023
Good that you are wearing Helmet 🪖 & riding with safety measures 👍
Still be careful You are an Asset of Pakistan 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/L6Lpd0VJ8U
— Majid Majeed (@majidmajeed83) May 24, 2023
While Babar enjoyed his time off the pitch following Pakistan’s impressive 4-1 ODI series victory over New Zealand, the controversy surrounding Pakistan’s participation in the Asia Cup 2023 and the ODI World Cup intensified. The BCCI rejected the idea of India touring Pakistan for the Asia Cup, leading to discussions among the presidents of the cricket boards of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan during the IPL 2023 final in Ahmedabad.
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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated, “The respective presidents of the Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka Cricket Boards will grace the Tata IPL 2023 final to be held on May 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. We will hold discussions with them for outlining the future course of action in relation to Asia Cup 2023.”
As the debate continues, Babar Azam’s bike stunt incident has reminded fans and authorities alike of the importance of safety and responsible decision-making, especially with crucial tournaments on the horizon.