Former England cricketer Alex Hales has heaped praise on Pakistan’s dynamic wicket-keeper batter, Azam Khan, hailing him as arguably the most destructive hitter in the world.

Hales has shared the dressing room with Azam Khan as part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United, as well as Desert Vipers in the ongoing ILT20.

The former England opener has expressed deep-rooted admiration for Azam’s exceptional talent, emphasizing his prowess in the shortest format of the game.

According to Hales, Azam’s remarkable form over the past few years has solidified his reputation as a powerhouse in cricketing circles.

“I think he’s brilliant. He’s one of the best hitters, and strikers of a cricket ball I’ve played with. He’s absolutely brilliant. His form in the last couple of years has been really good. He’s a great guy to have in your team. Really nice guy,” remarked Hales.

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Addressing concerns about Azam’s fitness following a recent run-out incident, Hales remained unfazed, attributing such occurrences to the unpredictable nature of cricket.

Despite the setback, Hales emphasized Azam’s exceptional ability and talent, underscoring his bright future in the sport.

“He got run out today, but those things happen in cricket. I nearly got run out as well. It’s one of those things, but you can’t knock back his ability and talent,” said Hales.

“The way he hits the ball is second to none. And I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him. He’s a brilliant player,” he further added.

Azam Khan faced massive criticism during Pakistan’s T20I series against New Zealand earlier this month for his below-par fitness level and batting performance. He managed scores of 10, 2, 10 in three matches he played.

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Currently representing Desert Vipers in the ongoing ILT20 2024, Azam Khan continues to showcase his explosive batting skills alongside fellow Pakistani players Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Amir.

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