Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

T20 World Cup 2024 has already got underway and Pakistan will kick-start their campaign against co-hosts the United States at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on June 6.

The Green Army is rigorously preparing in practice sessions for their tournament opener under the leadership of senior batter Babar Azam.

Pakistan had finished runners-up in the 2022 edition of the mega event. Hence, all eyes will be on them in the ongoing edition.

However, Pakistan’s squad selection for the T20 World Cup 2024 has faced severe criticism, particularly targeting Azam Khan. Former captain Shahid Afridi expressed strong disapproval of Khan’s fitness, suggesting he shouldn’t be near the team.

Making things worse, a viral video showing the Pakistan team training has sparked debate among fans. During the session, Babar Azam was heard calling Azam Khan a name, with some believing he said ‘Gainda’ (slang for overweight people, literally meaning rhinoceros). In the video it could be found that Azam Khan was not happy with Babar and he was expressing his dissatisfaction.

Notably, Azam has been severely criticized for his recent poor performance against England. He scored just 11 runs in two matches and had subpar wicketkeeping in the series. His inclusion in the T20 World Cup squad has been questioned by several fans and former selectors who expressed dissatisfaction citing his lack of form and fitness.

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