Cricket fans were stunned during the latest PSL encounter between Karachi Kings PSL 9 and Peshawar Zalmi 2024 Team when Mohammad Amir tossed the ball in the way of his previous captain, Babar Azam. The event prompted a social media controversy, with many supporters condemning Amir’s behavior. This blog will go into further detail about the event and Amir’s explanation.
Amir Explains Ball Throwing Incident at Babar Azam
Mohammad Amir had an evening to dread as Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings on Tuesday in Karachi. After Peshawar produced a mammoth total of 199 for five in 20 overs, posting a challenge of 200 runs, the left-arm bowler lost 42 runs in four overs and could not capture any wickets. The match’s standout was the acrimonious encounter between Amir and Karachi Kings skipper Babar Azam.
Babar Azam’s Masterful Performance Against Amir
Babar Azam was on fire, slamming 68 runs off 46 deliveries, including seven fours and a six. He specifically hammered Amir with aplomb and drew a harsh reaction from the bowler.
Amir fired a foul ball down the leg side in the sixth over of the contest, which Babar flicked away to the fence. The Peshawar skipper had already hit a boundary off Amir in the opening.
In the sixth over, Babar hit a defensive shot to Amir, which the speedster fired in the batsman’s direction. The ball was not intended for Babar and was intercepted by the wicketkeeper.
The Social Media Outburst
During the game, the incident involving Amir and Babar Azam caught the eye of cricket followers on social media.
Twitter was flooded with responses from cricket fans, many of whom chastised Amir for his hasty reaction. Several even suggested that PCB should ban him.
The event has spurred a discussion about the necessity for harsher penalties for such instances, which can bring the game into disgrace.
Amir Breaks Silence
In response to the tragedy, Amir eventually broke his silence and addressed his conduct in a video statement. He said it occurred in the heat of the moment and was not malicious.
“It was a heat-of-the-moment thing and nothing personal. Bowlers should show aggression on the field to get the best out of them. I was under pressure in the game, which is the beauty of this league. It helps you get better.”
Fans should not make a deal out of it. Such things happen in sports. Sledging culture is very prevalent in cricket. We have all played cricket. Understandably, you do such things in the head of the moment. There is nothing malicious about it. It is not like it is boxing. Cricket is a gentleman’s game. It is the responsibility of the media not to twist the words.
Previously, Amir stated that it doesn’t matter if it is a world-class batsman like Babar or a tailender. He will bowl with the intent of taking wickets. This statement only showcases the pacer’s professionalism. But the media and Twitter were outraged about it and interpreted it wrong. They equated this to Amir saying, “Babar is a tailender.”
This is unfair to Amir. This is how this sport is, and we must appreciate the spirit of cricket. After all, this is the fast bowling we all enjoy. At the same time, the media should not twist the words of someone and act with responsibility.