Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam often remains in the news for his batting prowess, however, a controversy surrounded him recently after Peshawar Zalmi’s training session ahead of PSL 9.

The star batter is gearing up to lead Peshawar Zalmi in his second season with the franchise team after he joined them before PSL 8 last year.

Having spent six seasons with the Karachi Kings, Babar Azam made a high-profile move to Peshawar Zalmi ahead of PSL 8, joining the franchise in a trade deal involving Shoaib Malik and Haider Ali.

With PSL 9 just three days away, Peshawar Zalmi intensified their training regime to bolster their batting, bowling and fielding skills for the new season. However, a controversy stirred after a recent training session where Babar Azam’s younger brother Safeer Azam was spotted training with the team.

Safeer Azam’s presence during the training sessions raised eyebrows among fans and critics alike. Unlike his brother, Safeer Azam is not a professional cricketer and has not pursued a career in the sport, despite sporadic appearances at the club/association level.

Critics have levelled accusations of nepotism against Babar Azam, alleging that his brother’s involvement in the training sessions unfairly leverages the star player’s reputation to gain an advantage within the franchise team.

The controversy surrounding Babar Azam’s association with Safeer Azam has ignited a debate among fans, raising questions about transparency and fairness in team selection and training protocols.

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