Babar Azam on sexual harassment allegation: I am used to hurdles in life

Azam made it clear that the personal issues surrounding him currently will not affect his cricket on the upcoming tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam is embroiled in court cases in Lahore after a woman filed several charges against him, including sexual harassment.   -  AP

Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam believes his form has not been affected by the sexual harassment allegation against him, saying as a sportsperson he is accustomed to facing hurdles in life.

Azam made it clear that the personal issues surrounding him currently will not affect his cricket on the upcoming tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"It is my personal issue and it is in court and my lawyer is handling it. We face all sorts of hurdles in life and I am used to it. This issue has not affected my form or cricket," he said in a virtual press conference on Friday.

Azam is embroiled in court cases in Lahore after a woman, Hamiza Mukhtar, filed several charges against him, including sexual harassment, threatening her and making false promises of marriage.

A sessions court in Lahore on Thursday asked the Federal Investigation Agency Cyber Crime Cell to file a FIR against Azam in connection with the case after proper investigation as per the law.

READ| Lahore court orders FIA to register case against Pakistan captain Babar Azam

Azam also confirmed that he had asked for the inclusion of hard-hitting opener Sharjeel Khan in the Pakistan T20 squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, starting with the first T20 International in Centurion on April 2.

"I have opened with him in the PSL and I know how destructive he can be. Yes his fitness is up there but we will work on his fitness and improve it."
 

READ| Pakistan optimistic about hosting India in 2023 Asia Cup - Ehsan Mani

He also felt that discussions held during selection committee meetings should remain confidential.

"They are always discussions and disagreements and agreements in selection committee meetings but in the end it is always for the betterment of the team and players and shouldn't come out of the room," Azam said.

"I don't think Sharjeel's fitness is that bad. We can't expect him to be a Shadab Khan but he has played the entire domestic season and has also performed. He is not that bad on the field and I don't think we have to worry about covering him. He is a bit overweight but I am confident with the team his fitness will improve a lot," he said.

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :