Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan has voiced his frustration over the limited opportunities he has received in the national team and openly criticized the coaches he has worked with during his tenure with the squad.
In a recent podcast with Pakistani veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, Azam Khan, currently playing for Desert Vipers, expressed his belief that he receives better opportunities in league cricket where franchises recognize his match-winning abilities.
Azam lamented his lack of consistent opportunities in the national team, stating that he has not played a complete series in the past four years. He expressed disappointment over not being able to complete series uninterrupted and hinted at exploring other avenues if he continues to feel that he does not meet international standards.
The 25-year-old emphasized the importance of playing with a clear mind for better performance and shared his dissatisfaction when his skills are questioned, which affects his confidence.
Azam highlighted contrasting experiences with coaches from different countries, noting that while coaches from other nations see no flaws in his game, Pakistani coaches often suggest areas for improvement. Despite this, Azam believes in his ability to compete with anyone when he assesses his batting.
Azam Khan’s recent cricketing exploits in the UAE include smashing the fastest fifty in just 18 balls in the International League T20 (ILT20) for Desert Vipers. His explosive innings, which surpassed Keiron Pollard’s record, comprised five boundaries and four sixes, helping Desert Vipers secure victory before the 17th over with only four wickets lost.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik, participating in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Fortune Barishal, left the league midway due to personal commitments and joined Azam Khan in Dubai for the podcast recording with Desert Vipers.