Azam Siddique, father of skipper Babar Azam, took to Instagram to respond to ex-cricketer Mohammad Asif who had taken part in a controversial X space.
The father of Babar Azam shared a heart-warming story about his son's cricketing journey as he shed light on the early struggles and determination that eventually led Babar to become a global star.
Babar's first encounter with Mohammad Asif
In an Instagram post, Azam Siddique revealed about the time when Babar was just 16 years old and was playing at the DPS Model Town ground for a cricket club.
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He recalled a memorable match where Babar faced off against Mohammad Asif who was also shattering batters in the international arena.
During the match, Babar scored an impressive 84 runs but Mohammad Asif managed to dismiss him and it followed by aggression.
The post highlights Babar Azam's remarkable sportsmanship, even in the face of disappointment after being dismissed. He quoted his son as saying, "Asif bhai abused me with very harsh words." Upon hearing this, his father told him not to take it to heart and reminded him that he also hit 11 fours against him.
Babar's first trial for departmental cricket team
It was during this time that Mansoor Rana, who associated with ZTBL, noticed Babar's talent and offered him an opportunity to come to National Cricket Academy.
Babar was at the National Cricket Academy for trial when Mohammad Asif arrived.
The trial had not yet started, and Babar was wearing his pads, greeted Asif.
Mohammad Asif was in a cheerful mood and asked, "Oye Chhotu, Kidhar?" [Hey young man, how are you here?] Then Babar said, "Asif Bhai, I am here for a trial for the bank team."
At that moment, Mohammad Asif went to the management and harshly said, "What are you doing with him? He hit me 11 fours." He further advised them, "Write down his name and get him in the [bank's] team. He will prove to be an asset for you."
This prophecy proved true as Babar Azam's journey continued to flourish.
Babar Azam's first salary
The Instagram post also disclosed that Babar Azam's first salary as a cricketer was Rs16,800.
In the end Azam Siddique said,” Dear Mr. Mohammad Asif, every individual is responsible for their actions, and the time for such matters will never come. However, if it does, rest assured that Babar Azam will always uphold respect, and your presence on the field will be honoured. Your timely support has been instrumental in our achievements."
He asked the public not make unwanted comments regarding Mohammad Asif in reference to Babar.