Azam Khan excluded from practice ahead of Pak-Ind T20 World Cup: Here’s why

Azam Khan, amidst mounting criticism for his lackluster performance, found himself excluded from batting practice during the team’s recent net session ahead of their crucial match against arch-rivals India.

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was reportedly left out while the rest of the team sharpened their skills, signaling potential doubts from Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and coach Gary Kirsten regarding Khan’s capabilities.

The decision to sideline Khan comes on the heels of public frustration over his inclusion in the squad following a disappointing defeat to the United States earlier in the week, further intensifying the pressure on the young cricketer.

Adding to the scrutiny, Azam faced online trolling from netizens, prompting a defense from Imam Ul Haq, who attributed Azam’s struggles to the negative impact of social media criticism on players’ performance.

In a move raising eyebrows, Azam either deleted or archived all posts on his Instagram account, sparking speculation that it was in response to fan backlash over concerns about his fitness and selection in the T20 World Cup squad.

Despite his success in domestic T20 leagues, Azam, son of the renowned wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan, has continually faced criticism for his physical condition, a factor that has overshadowed his potential.

Since making his international debut in July 2018, Azam has failed to leave a significant mark in T20Is for Pakistan, managing just 88 runs in 13 innings, fueling doubts about his suitability for the national team.

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