Pakistan national team skipper Babar Azam has reportedly completed his engagement to his paternal cousin. Sources claim that the wedding will take place next year after families came to an agreement.
The news of the engagement surprised many as the batsman is completing his quarantine period in Abu Dhabi. According to various media outlets, the engagement took place before he left the country to participate in the second half of the halted Pakistan Super League (PSL), and the event was kept secret.
Reportedly, the members of the Pakistan cricket team did know about their skipper’s engagement.
"Babar Azam" is already engaged with his cousin & they will marry next year. Now it's confirmed & amazingly all team members already know it. Congratulations @babarazam258
Credit: @geonews_urdu #BabarAzam pic.twitter.com/0swsHWLKM1
— Muhammad Usama (@MUHAMMA11503327) June 1, 2021
Babar Azam’s focus would currently be on the remainder of the T20 league and he would hope to lead the Karachi Kings to the title once again. He was the top scorer in the previous edition of the tournament with 520 runs to his name. The franchise is currently at the top of the table having played 5 games.
The remaining 20 matches of the tournament are expected to kick start from June 9 after the players complete their quarantine.
Moreover, in a recent Q&A session on Twitter, Azhar Ali had jokingly adviced Babar Azam to get married after a user asked the experienced batsman to shed a few words for the talented player.
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) May 30, 2021
As for his cousin and the bride-to-be, not much information is available at the moment.
A huge couple of months are in store for Babar Azam as he will lead the side in the T20 World Cup, marking the young skipper’s first major tournament.
After winning the second edition of the event in 2009, Pakistan have been lacklustre in the multi-nation tournament. They failed to make it into the semi-finals in the previous edition in 2016 after facing defeats to India, Australia, and New Zealand.
Recently, the skipper expressed his admiration for his franchise teammate Mohammad Amir, who had announced his retirement from the national side out of frustration with the cricketing board.
Babar Azam assured that he will have a talk with the left-arm pacer about the issues that he is facing.
“When we talk, we’ll discuss what his issues [with the national side] are,” Azam said. “He’s one of the best left-arm bowlers and I really admire him. The way he’s performed in the PSL so far, I just hope he performs the same way again, and that’s what we are focused on so far.”