Malik reveals why he carried Babar Azam off the field


Shoaib Malik talked to Express Tribune and recalled the memorable moment when he carried the young batsman, now his Karachi Kings’ teammate, Babar Azam off the field during their game against England.

Babar suffered an injury while going for a catch and Malik did not want the tempo of the match to be affected so he carried him off the field before the physio could come in to treat him.

“I did not want the tempo of the match to be disturbed. He [Babar] ran backwards to take the catch but pulled a muscle or injured himself. So, before the physio could come in and give him treatment, I carried him towards the boundary so that the match could continue. It was funny I know.”

Talking further in the interview, Shoaib Malik, who captained Karachi Kings in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League believes that the franchise has the strongest squad on paper this time.

He said, “Karachi Kings have the best squad on paper but in the end execution matters the most in shorter formats.”

Inclusion of new players such as Gayle, Pollard and Sangakkara will surely help the cause.

“We have included big players such as Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, while Kumar Sangakkara will add a completely new dimension to the team.”