Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Umar Akmal has reacted to skipper Babar Azam’s recent claims that one of his cousins refused to give him a pair of shoes.

Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Umar Akmal has reacted to skipper Babar Azam’s recent claims that one of his cousins refused to give him a pair of shoes during the early phase of his cricketing career. The Pakistan skipper recalled his struggling days and said that he should not have asked for the shoes in the first place.

Babar made his international debut in May 2015 against Zimbabwe in an ODI match, and a year later, he played his first Test and T20I for the country. Since then, Babar has become the best cricketer for Pakistan, making runs across formats.

“I asked for shoes, and my cousin refused, saying he didn’t have any. I feel I shouldn’t have asked in the first place,” said the Pakistani skipper during an interview a few weeks back.

Responding to the claims in an interview with a local news channel, Umar Akmal said that he does not know which cousin refused to offer him his shoes. We have always offered support to our relatives who wanted to play cricket. I have never turned down people’s requests,” Akmal said during an interview.

Babar has represented Pakistan in 200 matches across all three formats and has amassed 9,798 runs so far.

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