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Pakistan v New Zealand 2022/23

Watch: ‘You are not listening’ – Journalist heckles Babar Azam after not getting to ask a question in post-match press conference

Ary News jpurnalist Shoaib Jatt (L), Pakistan Test captain Babar Azam (R)
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: Pakistan captain Babar Azam appeared to be heckled by a journalist as he finished his press conference following the conclusion of the first New Zealand Test.

The journalist, ARY News’ Shoaib Jatt, was unhappy at being passed over after attempting to ask a question.

Babar has come under much scrutiny following Pakistan’s struggles in Test cricket, with his side failing to secure a home win throughout 2022. Babar went all out to try and secure victory against New Zealand, boldly declaring late on the final day, with bad light eventually halting the Black Caps’ chase.


With Ramiz Raja removed as PCB chair and Shahid Afridi temporarily in charge of selection, the pressure on Babar has heightened. He confirmed pre-Test that Afridi would have an input in picking the XI, with Mohammad Rizwan’s exclusion and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s call-up after a near four-year absence the result.

Jatt, who has been highly critical of Babar during his stint as Pakistan captain, could be heard saying, “I am gesturing to ask a question and you are not listening,” before being cut off.

Jatt has since issued a reply, stating that he was addressing Pakistan’s media manager, rather than Babar.

Earlier in the Test, Jatt received criticism for the nature of his questions to Nauman Ali. He questioned Nauman’s leaking of runs, with the slow left-armer responding, “If you bowl half of the team’s overs then you will concede runs.”

Nauman claimed 3-185 in New Zealand’s first innings, the most economical of Pakistan’s bowlers aside from Babar, who bowled four overs.

Watch the end to Babar’s presser below:

Watch the Nauman-Jatt exchange below:

This story was updated on December 31, 2022, to include Jatt’s reply.

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