Pakistan batsman Babar Azam was seen doing an interaction on a video call with an eight-year-old fan from Lahore, Samiya Afsar. The stylish batsman also shared a few batting tips with the young fan from the UK where he is currently assigned for a series against England.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken an initiative to connect the fans with their favourite cricketers amid the pandemic. The Pakistan team is in England for three tests and as many T2oIs series marking the return of cricket for the Pakistani fans.
Samiya had previously caught the sight of many cricketers after her video of batting went viral on social media. Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara was even impressed with her technique of batting that he even tweeted praising her stance.
Can’t get over how good this little player is. Much better technique than mine already. So encouraging to see such talent in cricket
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) April 26, 2020
During his interaction with Samiya, Babar Azam praised her strokeplay and how also shared a few batting tips with her for becoming a better batsman.
In his praise for Samiya, Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper said, “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.”
The first test match of the series will start from August 5 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, followed by the second test from August 13-17.