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Shaheen Shah Afridi cleans up Babar Azam (L), Afridi hugs Azam (R)(HT Collage)

Shaheen Shah Afridi hugs Babar Azam after knocking him over in style - WATCH

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:47 PM IST
Afridi was elated with the wicket and began his celebrations. In the middle of his celebrations, he went closer to Babar who was making his way back to the dressing room and put his arms around his international captain.
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Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Mohammad Rizwan celebrate after winning the match against South Africa on the end of the second cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi.(AP)
Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Mohammad Rizwan celebrate after winning the match against South Africa on the end of the second cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi.(AP)

'Getting into the top five is promising': Babar urges Pakistan to aim high

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 08:51 PM IST
Already captain of Pakistan's T20 and ODI teams, Babar was appointed as skipper of the test side in November and was supposed to make his test captaincy debut in New Zealand.
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Pakistan's Babar Azam bats during the fourth day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi, (AP)
Pakistan's Babar Azam bats during the fourth day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi, (AP)

Babar and Alam revive Pakistan to 145-3 on rain-hit Day 1

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 06:07 PM IST
  • Babar raised his 16th test half-century and was unbeaten on 77 with a dozen boundaries while left-handed Alam continued his rich batting form to be 42 off 138 balls at tea. They did not resume as rain washed out the last session.
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Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, center, kicks a soccer ball during a practice session at National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Pakistan will play the first test match against South Africa on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)(AP)
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, center, kicks a soccer ball during a practice session at National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Pakistan will play the first test match against South Africa on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)(AP)

Babar Azam hopes to counter tough Proteas in own conditions

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:50 PM IST
Azam has recovered from a thumb injury that kept him out of the two-test series in New Zealand, which Pakistan lost 2-0.
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Babar Azam(Twitter)
Babar Azam(Twitter)

Pakistan include nine uncapped players in Test squad for home series against SA

By hindustantimes.com | PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:44 PM IST
Top scoring batsmen Saud Shakeel, Kamran Ghulam, allrounder Agha Salman, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, off-spinner Sajid Khan and fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Tabish Khan -- all got call-ups for the series beginning on January 26 at the National Stadium.
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Photo of Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq(Twitter)
Photo of Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq(Twitter)

Under-fire Misbah blames Babar's absence and extended quarantine for loss in NZ

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 08:12 PM IST
Pakistan lost both the Tests and also went down 1-2 against New Zealand in the T20Is. Under Misbah, Pakistan had lost away series in Australia and England as well.
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File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)

Fan asks Akhtar to pick between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib doesn’t hesitate to make his choice

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:54 AM IST
Akhtar was doing a Q&A session on Twitter when one fan asked him to name the best all-format batsman of the world currently.
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Babar Azam looks on during training.(Getty Images)
Babar Azam looks on during training.(Getty Images)

Pakistan captain Babar Azam ruled out of second New Zealand Test

By Reuters | Christchurch
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Pakistan national team captain Babar Azam will miss the second Test against New Zealand, which commences at the Hagley Oval from Sunday.
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Babar Azam in action.(REUTERS)
Babar Azam in action.(REUTERS)

Babar Azam named ‘Most Valuable Cricketer’ in PCB Awards

By hindustantimes.com | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:41 PM IST
The 26-year-old was also adjudged the White-ball Cricketer of the Year after averaging 110.5 and 55.2 in the ODIs and T20Is respectively.In the four Tests played during the year, Babar scored 338 runs at an average of 67.6.
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Pakistan's Babar Azam celebrates his half century.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Babar Azam celebrates his half century.(REUTERS)

Racing against time, Babar Azam has lengthy net session ahead of second Test

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:13 PM IST
A spokesperson for the national team said from Christchurch that Babar had a proper nets session with the other players ahead of the game beginning on Sunday.
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Pakistan lost the 1st Test to New Zealand by 101 runs(Twitter)
Pakistan lost the 1st Test to New Zealand by 101 runs(Twitter)

Pakistan players competed with fatigued bodies and minds: Misbah

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:10 PM IST
The former captain stressed that it had been very tough for the players to remain in total quarantine where they couldn’t even exercise properly.
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Shoaib Akhtar(Screengrab)
Shoaib Akhtar(Screengrab)

‘You named an IPL team not a world XI’: Shoaib Akhtar slams ICC for not including Pakistan players in T20I team of the decade

By hindustantimes.com | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar launched a scathing attack on ICC, terming their ‘ T20I team of the decade’ an IPL XI instead of being a world cricket team. Akhtar’s comments came after ICC did not include any Pakistan player in their team which was announced on Sunday.
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File photo of Pakistan captain Babar Azam(Getty Images)
File photo of Pakistan captain Babar Azam(Getty Images)

Babar Azam’s legal counsel accuses woman of blackmailing his client

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:25 PM IST
At a hearing of the sessions court in Lahore on Wednesday, the legal counsel said that Hamiza resorted to delaying tactics to prolong the trial so that she “could blackmail and harass” Babar, who is presently in New Zealand with the national team.
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File image of Babar Azam.(AP)
File image of Babar Azam.(AP)

Pakistan vs New Zealand: Babar Azam and Imam ruled out of 1st Test

By Associated Press | ISLAMABAD
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 11:51 AM IST
“A decision on their participation in the second test, which commences in Christchurch on Jan. 3, will be made closer to the time,” the PCB said.
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Photo of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam(Twitter)
Photo of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam(Twitter)

Injured Babar Azam could miss first Test against New Zealand

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 01:20 PM IST
Babar, who has been Pakistan’s top run-scorer across all three formats since last year, suffered a fracture in his thumb during a throw-down session in Queenstown on December 12 which ruled him out of the three-match T20 series.
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Cricket - Third T20 International - England v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 1, 2020 Pakistan's Babar Azam Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Cricket - Third T20 International - England v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 1, 2020 Pakistan's Babar Azam Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

Babar Azam’s absence should not affect Pakistan’s chances in T20I series against NZ: Miandad

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:31 PM IST
“This is sports and life goes on. Even if a great is missing in a team, others have to step up and take responsibility. It should not be an excuse for not performing well,” Miandad said in an interview.
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Cricket - Third T20 International - England v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 1, 2020 Pakistan's Babar Azam Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Cricket - Third T20 International - England v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 1, 2020 Pakistan's Babar Azam Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

Babar Azam’s ouster a major setback for us: Pakistan bowling coach Waqar

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 07:07 PM IST
“There is no doubt that Babar is one of the best players in the world now in any format. So it is a major setback for us. Other teams are scared of him,” Waqar said from New Zealand during a media interaction with Pakistani journalists.
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Babar Azam(Twitter/ICC)
Babar Azam(Twitter/ICC)

Pakistan lose captain Babar Azam to fractured thumb for New Zealand T20s

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:51 AM IST
The batting mainstay will not be able to attend practice for at least 12 days, the Pakistan Cricket Board said, and he faces a race against time to be fit for the opening match of the two-test series from Dec. 26.
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India's captain Virat Kohli(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli(AP)

‘Virat Kohli has his say in everything’: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif talks about India captain’s leadership

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Terming Virat Kohli a ‘complete leader’, Latif said the India skipper has his say in ‘everything’. His stature and achievements as a batsman also helps him in calling the shots when it comes to selection for a particular series, believed Latif.
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Pakistan's Sarfaraz Ahmed.(Action Images via Reuters)
Pakistan's Sarfaraz Ahmed.(Action Images via Reuters)

Sarfaraz, Talat recalled for New Zealand T20Is

By Press Trust of India | Christchurch
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 01:33 PM IST
As part of their preparation for the four-day match against New Zealand A, which begins on 17 December, Shaheens will also play intra-squad practice matches in Queenstown.
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England's Dawid Malan in action.(REUTERS)
England's Dawid Malan in action.(REUTERS)

England’s Malan attains highest-ever rating points in T20I history

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 02:59 PM IST
The 33-year-old left-hander has reached 915 points, the first to cross the 900-point mark after Australian Aaron Finch’s 900-point achievement in July 2018.
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Pakistani batsman Babar Azam celebrates after complete his fifty during the 2nd one-day international cricket match against Zimbabwe at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(AP)
Pakistani batsman Babar Azam celebrates after complete his fifty during the 2nd one-day international cricket match against Zimbabwe at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(AP)

Babar Azam appointed captain for all three formats and for a long time: PCB chief executive

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:12 PM IST
When the PCB official was reminded about the constant changing and chopping in Pakistan cricket, he insisted that Babar was there to stay for a long time.
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Pakistani batsman Babar Azam raises his bat and helmet(AP)
Pakistani batsman Babar Azam raises his bat and helmet(AP)

‘He had all the time in the world’: Babar Azam opens up about his ‘idol’ in cricket

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 08:08 PM IST
Pakistan captain Babar Azam named his ‘idol’ and said he had all the time in the world to play his shots.
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Babar Azam has landed in hot waters.(Getty Images/Screengrab)
Babar Azam has landed in hot waters.(Getty Images/Screengrab)

‘He promised to marry me, got me pregnant’: Pakistan captain Babar Azam accused of sexual abuse

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:32 AM IST
The woman said that Babar exploited her for 10 years and gave her false marriage hopes, while making some unpleasant claims.
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Mohammad Amir celebrates Virat Kohli’s wicket during the 2017 Champions Trophy final in England.(Getty Images)
Mohammad Amir celebrates Virat Kohli’s wicket during the 2017 Champions Trophy final in England.(Getty Images)

‘You just can’t figure how to get him out’: Mohammad Amir says Pakistan batsman is ‘tougher to bowl to’ than Virat Kohli

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 05:25 PM IST
As difficult it is to bowl to Virat Kohli, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir feels his Pakistan teammate is just that tougher to bowl to.
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Photos of Wasim Akram (L) and Dean Jones (R)(Twitter)
Photos of Wasim Akram (L) and Dean Jones (R)(Twitter)

PSL 2020: Wasim Akram dedicates Karachi Kings’ maiden title win to late Dean Jones

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:58 PM IST
Dean Jones was appointed the coach of Karachi ahead of the PSL season in March before the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of the knockout stage of the tournament.
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Players of Karachi Kings celebrate after winning the Pakistan Super League title.(Getty Images)
Players of Karachi Kings celebrate after winning the Pakistan Super League title.(Getty Images)

Babar Azam leads Karachi Kings to maiden PSL title

By Associated Press | Karachi, Pakistan
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:51 AM IST
Babar Azam’s 63 not out off 49 balls propelled Karachi Kings to 135-5 with eight balls to spare.
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Virat Kohli and Babar Azam
Virat Kohli and Babar Azam

‘He surprised with his T20 cricket’: Faf du Plessis weighs in on Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam debate

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 09:24 PM IST
South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis had his say on the Virat Kohli and Babar Azam debate saying that he does find a similarity between the India and Pakistan skippers.
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Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq.(REUTERS)
Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq.(REUTERS)

PCB to review Misbah’s performance only after next year’s WT20

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 10:28 AM IST
“The board has taken a policy decision that it would now sit down and review whether to retain Misbah or bring in a new coach only after the World T20 Cup in India,” a well-informed source aware of the developments told PTI.
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Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam(HT Archives)
Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam(HT Archives)

ICC T20I rankings: Babar Azam bridges gap with top-ranked Dawid Malan

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 07:06 PM IST
Babar rating points go from 869 to 871, but there are no other changes in the rankings after the conclusion of the Pakistan-Zimbabwe series.
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