Azam Khan, son of former Pakistan skipper Moin Khan, recently bagged his maiden international call-up as he got named in the team’s T20I squad for upcoming tours. However, he is getting mocked over and over again over the nepotism issue.
In the same light, Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq has requested people not to mock him on the same issue. Imam had to bear the same brunt while he marked his debut for Pakistan in 2017.
Imam is the nephew of former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was even the chairman of selectors for their nation back then. Imam has urged fans to let Azam show his natural talent and not trap him in debates of nepotism.
“A lot of people have seen Azam Khan play. I request everyone to not troll him (over nepotism). Please support him; he is very talented. The way he has performed in the PSL, he can become a very good T20 product if we support him,” Imam said during an interview on YouTube channel Cricast.
“We place players on a pedestal after a few good performances but pull them down equally soon. Even if Azam Khan fails in a few games for Pakistan, please show patience. This is not just for Azam Khan but for every new player. When players fail, that is when they need greater support,” he added.
Imam further went on to add that Azam would not have to face severe problems as his father Moin isn’t the current coach or selector. In his case, Inzamam was the chairman of selectors and this created a lot of fuss within the Pakistan cricketing fraternity.
“When Azam Khan made his debut in PSL, I had already spoken to him. Thankfully, in his case, Moin uncle (Moin Khan) is not the chief selector or coach of the Pakistan team,” Imam observed.
“So he may get some relief on that front. In my case, he (Inzamam-ul-Haq) was the chief selector when I made my debut, so that was a little difficult to digest for the media and the country,” he concluded.