Pakistan Super League 2024

‘The respect element shouldn’t be missing’ – Shoaib Malik’s take on Mohammad Amir-Babar Azam altercation in PSL 2023

The incident took place in the second match of the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
Mohammad Amir-Shoaib Malik
Mohammad Amir-Shoaib Malik (Source: Twitter)

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has weighed in on the heated moment between Mohammad Amir and Babar Azam, which took place in the second match of the ongoing Pakistan Super League. The incident has been doing rounds on the internet ever since.

On the penultimate ball of the sixth over, Peshawar Zalmi skipper Babar Azam hit Karachi Kings pacer Amir for a four. The left-arm pacer then bowled him a dot delivery, collecting the ball on the follow-through. Amir threw the ball in anger immediately after collecting it to vent his frustration.

Malik, who plays for the same PSL team as Amir, responded to the incident by saying that the players should respect each other

“The respect element shouldn’t be missing. I’ve seen Amir, Imad, Babar… whenever they meet, they greet each other with respect,” said Malik in a press conference after the match.

“In this room, you won’t be compatible in the same way with everyone. Some would gel up well, you’d like some and you might not like some others. But that would only be on professional basis. I’m sure you all respect each other too.

“It’s good for the league. Once you enter the league, you need to focus on what encourages you to deliver your best. But we know no one crosses the line,” Malik added.

while admitting that confrontation or any other driving force could be used by players to perform better during matches.

As for the second match of the ongoing Pakistan Super League season, Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings by a narrow margin of two runs. The National Stadium in Karachi saw 396 runs scored across two innings, making it a game for the batters.

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