Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam lashes out at female TV anchor, warns her to not ‘cross limits’


Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam emerged as a hero in his country’s second Test match against New Zealand in Dubai, where the stylish batsman scored magnificent 127. His gritty century helped Pakistan pile up 418 runs.

Babar earned plenty of plaudits for his superb performance with his fans taking to social media to congratulate him. Among those who applauded Babar’s splendid performance was a female TV anchor, Zainab Abbas. However, little did she realise that her decision to call Babar, Mickey Arthur’s son, will invite her wrath from the star batsman.

Zainab wrote in her tweet, “Well played @babarazam258 – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his “son’s” century.”

Pat came Babar’s response with a warning that the anchor must remember her limits. He wrote, “Think before u say something and don’t try to cross ur limits!!!”

Arthur, a former South African cricketer who played South African domestic cricket from 1986 to 2001, is currently the coach of the Pakistani national side.

For Pakistan, Haris Sohail too scored a century after he played a knock of 147 runs. As for New Zealand, they were bowled out for 90 runs in their first innings and faced an uphil task to save the Test match, if it’s not affected by rain.

Meanwhile, Babar’s terse reply to the female anchor has evoked plenty of reactions on social media. User Arfa Feroz Zake wrote, “From her side the context of the tweet is misunderstood & from his side the sarcasm has crossed th limit — Before getting into counter argument publicly, its better to get th issue solve in DM as every person has its own way of perceiving bunch of few words.”

Journalist Faizan Lakhani tweeted, “May be Zainab just meant that Micky loves him the way he would love his son. Probably, the tweet is misinterpreted.”

Zainab was in news last year after social media users had detected that she was curse for both Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers getting out for duck in the Champions Trophy competition.