PCB responds to backlash over Babar Azam bringing his brother to practice at high performance centre [Video]

Babar Azam's brother Safeer Azam net practicing

The Pakistan Cricket Board has responded to the controversy surrounding Babar Azam bringing his brother – Safeer Azam – to practice at the high performance centre in Lahore.

A video of the younger brother of the Pakistan skipper net practicing at the PCB’s facilities had gone viral. Babar Azam came under criticism from some fans as well as former cricketers including Tanveer Ahmed.

The former bowler questioned why Safeer Azam was allowed to use the facilities despite not being a member of the national cricket team. According to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s policies, only Pakistan players, first class players or junior cricketers can use the facilities and staff at the HPC with permission of the authorities.

PCB responds to the controversy:

According to a source, the Pakistan skipper came to the centre with his brother few days ago. His brother had practiced in the nets, which was brought to the notice of the board.

The source added that Babar Azam was politely reminded that no player is allowed to bring his relatives to the high performance centre for practice. He was also advised against repeating the same mistake.

“He is our national team captain and the matter was handled in a manner where he was politely reminded about the situation and he agreed,” the source said.

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