Babar Azam spoke with his 8-year-old fan named Samiya Afsar from Lahore through a video call conference organized by Pakistan Cricket Board.
In order to reduce the distance between players & fans, the PCB organized a video conference call between star batsman Babar Azam & his eight-year-old fan named Samiya Afsar living in Lahore. Babar Azam is currently living in England as Pakistan is getting to play three Tests & three T20Is against the Three Lions.
Samiya had earlier gained popularity this year as a video of her batting practice went viral on the social media in which she was seen playing conventional cricket shots. Even Sri Lanka’s batting legend Jumar Sangakkara was impressed with Samiya’s batting & he tweeted, “Can’t get over how good this little player is. Much better technique than mine already.”
During his Interaction with the young fan, Babar who is Pakistan’s limited-overs captain praised his young fan’s stroke play & shared tips on how to become a better batter. “I am Babar Azam’s biggest fan and I want to be like him. Like a superhero, he looks after our country and takes our team out of troubles. One day, I will also do for our women’s team what he does for the men’s,” Samiya said in an official statement released by the PCB.
After a heartwarming interaction with his eight-year-old fan, Azam said, “Fans are the most integral part of the game and they keep us motivated through thick and thin. It gives us extra motivation to produce match-winning performances when we know that such beautiful people are behind us and praying for our success.”
“It was a great delight to meet Samiya. She is a superstar. I was in awe when I first saw her batting video. The way she was timing the ball was remarkable. She has all the potential to be a great batter and I look forward to catching up with her when the Covid-19 situation improves,” she added.
Pakistan & England will face each other in three Tests & three T20Is which will be played from August 5 in England.