Babar Is Working On Things Shoaib Akhtar Pointed Out: Shoaib Malik
Babar Azam was criticised by Shoaib Akhtar [Twitter]
Pakistani veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, opened up on former pacer Shoaib Akhtar's recent contentious remarks on Babar Azam's communication skills.
In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Malik stated that Babar Azam is addressing his communication skills as highlighted by the legendary fast bowler.
Malik commented on the criticism Shoaib Akhtar faced following his comments about Babar, stating that opinions should be respected as long as they do not harm a player's sentiments.
"It's his [Akhtar] opinion, and yes, we should respect that, only if that opinion is not hurting the sentiment of an individual player. After hearing that statement, the thing that came in my mind was that he gives his statements bluntly. He has a clean heart, and always speaks positively about everyone."
The 41-year-old further conceded that Shoaib Akhtar is someone who speaks his mind, and has a kind heart and his comments on Babar Azam were not meant to be negative or hurtful.
"His statement was not meant to hurt anyone. I understood from his statement that he was only trying to say that it's the demand of modern cricket to groom your personality along with your cricket skills to become a better brand. I know Babar is working on things that Akhtar has pointed out."
For those unaware, Shoaib Akhtar, in an interview with a local TV channel, criticised Babar Azam's communication skills and advised him to improve them if he wishes to attain the status of a brand icon, just like Virat Kohli.
Shoaib Akhtar's comments on Babar Azam have stirred up controversy among Pakistani cricket fans as they feel that a player's skills on the field are more important than their communication skills.