PAK vs ENG: Watch Babar Azam’s Surprising Reaction When Asked About Playing In IPL


England are all set to close horns with Pakistan as the sides hope to take their second T20 World Cup title on Sunday. Before the game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, both captains attended the pre-match press conference, but there were some questions in the press from Babar Azam that he was not happy about at all.

The Pakistani skipper was bombarded with questions if he would consider playing in the IPL, as well as Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s tweet following India’s 10-wicket loss to England on Thursday.

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During the media interaction, one of the journalists asked Babar whether he and his Pakistani team have ever thought about the benefits of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and whether they will consider it if given the opportunity in the near future.

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“Talk about the benefits of playing the IPL, is that something you think would have helped you and your team and is that something you have any hopes for in the future?” the reporter asked, whereupon Babar looked completely bewildered.

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The Pakistani skipper had an awkward moment before staring at the Pakistani media manager to his right who then intervened and said they would only answer questions related to the World Cup final.

“We are currently answering questions about the World Cup final,” the Pakistani media manager said as an uneasy-looking Babar sat there.

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For the inexperienced players, Pakistani players have not played in the IPL since 2009, while they did play in the first IPL season. Political tensions between the two countries saw Pak players subsequently banned from the money-rich league.

Previously, a huge drama unfolded after BCCI secretary and ACC president Jay Shah revealed that India will not travel to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup, after which PCB released a statement suggesting that they would not travel to India for the ODI World Cup in 2023.