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'Feel For The Kid..,' Ex-PAK Captain Slams Trollers For Body-Shaming Azam Khan

Azam Khan has faced massive backlash of late [X]Azam Khan has faced massive backlash of late [X]

Social media is cruel and crass when it comes to judging people who, despite achieving a lot, miss out on chances. Pakistan's young wicket-keeper batter Azam Khan, who is yet to shine on the international stage, has been targeted by trolls for his fitness. 

After a poor outing with the bat and gloves in England recently, Azam bore the brunt of keyboard warriors, who body-shamed the son of former Pakistan captain Moin Khan. 

Meanwhile, another Former skipper and a competitor of Moin, Rashid Latif, has come out to support Azam.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Latif, regarded as one of the most technically sound keepers, stated that Azam does not deserve such rolling and that the 25-year-old is a clean hitter who can score against both spin and pace.

He doesn’t deserve to be trolled like this - Rashid Latif

"He is under immense pressure. He is being body shamed, is being trolled. Azam is an exceptional batsman in T20s. He is a clean hitter, plays spinners well, has worked on his game against the pacers. I feel bad for the kid, he is only 25. He doesn’t deserve to be trolled like this."

In his short T20I career, Azam has played 13 matches and managed just 88 runs, with his highest score being 30*. 

However, Azam's T20 record is staggering, with 3,242 runs in 165 matches and one hundred and sixteen fifties, which is one of the reasons that Pakistan management has often backed the player. 

It will be interesting to see if captain Babar Azam and coach Gary Kirsten opt for Azam as the designated keeper in their T20 World Cup 2024 opener against the United States of America today or revert to Mohammed Rizwan behind the stumps.