Babar Azam flays Pakistan anchor for calling him Mickey Arthur’s “son”
Babar Azam. (Getty Image)

Pakistan’s Babar Azam took exception to a comment from a renowned Pakistan anchor who congratulated the batsmen on scoring his maiden Test century and called him “Mickey Arthur’s son”. Babar remained unbeaten on 127 as Pakistan, playing the second Test of a three-match series against New Zealand, declared their first innings of 418 for 5. Following the end of play, Zainab Abbas, a Pakistan anchor took to Twitter to congratulate the batsman.

“Well played @babarazam258 – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his “son’s” century #PakvNZ,” Abbas had tweeted.

While the comment looked to be in a good spirit, it seems as if Babar clearly was not a fan of the message and hit back at the anchor, asking her to “stay in limits”. “Think before u say something and don’t try to cross ur limits!!!,” replied Babar to the tweet.

The threat did not continue as Abbas chose not to reply to Babar’s comments, but it is clear that the batsman did not like the usage of the word “son” as it generally implies that he gets special treatment from coach Mickey Arthur. One of Pakistan’s bright batting prospects, coach Arthur has often lauded the Babar, calling him a “young gem” and even compared him to Virat Kohli.

He (Azam) is a young gem who will be an exceptional player,” Arthur had told Perth’s 6PR radio earlier this year. “I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there.”