Srinagar, July 15: He is star of Pakistan cricket and future legend and in the five years of his International cricket he has made countless fans. On Tuesday Babar Azam had interaction with a special fan, a eight year old girl Samiya Afsar of Lahore.
As part of a process maintaining a connection with fans amid global pandemic of Coronavirus, the Pakistan Cricket Board organised a videoconference call between Babar Azam, who is in England with the Pakistan men’s national cricket team, and his eight-year-old fan in Lahore, Samiya Afsar.
“Samiya rose to prominence earlier this year when a video of her batting practice went viral on the social media in which she was seen playing conventional cricket shots while meeting the ball on merit”, PCB statement said
Such was the impression of her strokes that batting legend Kumar Sangakkara appreciated them and tweeted, “Can’t get over how good this little player is. Much better technique than mine already. So encouraging to see such talent in cricket.”
During his interaction with the young fan, Babar, the Pakistan men’s limited overs captain, praised his young fan’s stroke play and shared tips on how to become a better batter.
Samiya’s skills are not only limited to cricket. Before meeting Babar online, she made a sketch of the batting superstar which she plans to gift him when the team returns.
Expressing her happiness in interacting with Babar Azam, Samiya said, “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”.
“Babar bhai gave me some invaluable batting tips which I will practice whenever I can get back to nets, ” PCB statement quoted her as saying.
Babar Azam said that fans are important and he happy to interact with them.
“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, ” Statement quoted Babar Azam as saying.
“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,” He said.
“Being involved in sports from a young age helps in understanding life and disciplining yourself. At this stage, I want to ask all of my young fans to make sure they do some form of physical training while concentrating on their studies, ” He added. ( PCB)