In the first hour of the second day of the third Test against England, Pakistan captain Babar Azam was kept off the pitch, apparently in opposition to the overwhelming security measures for the players and their families.
Babar reportedly became upset when he was prevented from leaving the team hotel on Saturday night to go out for dinner with other team players and their families. Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq were scheduled to meet Babar Azam and their families for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
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Although both teams are receiving president-level security for the series against England, security officers prevented him from leaving his hotel room and made it clear that he and other players needed to get permission before making any moves. The captain got into a furious dispute with a senior official over the security measures, labeled them invasive, and returned to his room.
PCB gives headache as excuse for unavailability of Babar Azam
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He reportedly refused to take the squad out for an hour on Sunday in protest at the behavior of security guards. Instead, she reportedly stayed in the locker room.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the other hand has remained mostly mum on the incident, however the official explanation offered is that Babar arrived at the stadium with a severe headache, which prevented him from entering the pitch. for the first hour. .
With England visiting Pakistan for a Test series after 17 years, Presidential level security will be provided for both Pakistan and England during the series. The PCB is not willing to take any chances.
However, insiders say that the players are now tired of the constant security that surrounds them and prevents them from leaving the team hotel without authorization.
“It’s for their own good and Pakistan cricket,” a source of PCBs.
According to sources close to the players, it seems sensible to have strong security measures for the visiting team, but it seems unfair to the Pakistani players.
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