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Pak Wicket Keeper Azam Khan Courts Controversy by Wiping Sweat With Dollar Note

Karachi, May 22: Young Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan has landed himself in controversy after a video surfaced on social media showing him wiping his eyebrows with a US dollar note. The video has sparked a backlash among fans and commentators, who criticized Azam for his insensitivity, particularly given Pakistan’s current economic challenges.

The video, which also features Pakistan captain Babar Azam and other team members, captures a lighthearted moment. Azam Khan is seen holding US dollars while engaging in a casual conversation with Babar, who is behind the camera. At one point, Babar jokingly asks Azam, “What happened Abba?” to which Azam replies, “Bohat garmi hai (It is too hot here),” and proceeds to wipe his sweat with the dollar note, eliciting laughter from his teammates.


Fans on social media did not take kindly to the gesture. One user expressed their dismay by saying, “Apart from a rare few in Pakistan’s sporting history, none have the charisma, impact, and influence of any kind, nothing for a young kid to aspire to. The current lot is just hopeless.” This sentiment reflects a broader disappointment with the current crop of cricketers.

Another user highlighted the importance of education, stating, “That’s why we always keep saying basic education is a must. These people travel the world but don’t learn basic humane values. Send them to school before you send them to an international platform.” This comment underscores the perceived need for better grounding and awareness among young athletes.

Further criticism came from a fan who pointed out the economic disparity, noting that while Pakistani people are facing food shortages, Azam Khan appears to be mocking them from a position of comfort. Such reactions underline the sensitivity surrounding economic issues in the country.

In response to the backlash, a source within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed that the video did not sit well with some top officials. The PCB has advised players to avoid unnecessary social media posts, given that the board’s digital media department already actively shares content about the players.

This incident highlights the delicate balance public figures, especially athletes, must maintain on social media. While their intention may be innocent or humorous, the public perception can be vastly different, often leading to unintended controversies.

As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how Azam Khan and the PCB will address the situation. This episode serves as a reminder of the scrutiny athletes face and the importance of mindful behavior in the public eye.

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