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‘Family’ – Shaheen Afridi posts picture with Babar Azam amid reports of dressing room bust-up

Shaheen Afridi posts picture with Babar Azam amid rumours of Pakistan dressing room tensions
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Shaheen Shah Afridi has posted a picture with Pakistan captain Babar Azam on X (formerly Twitter) amid rumours of a dressing room argument between the two following Pakistan’s elimination from the Asia Cup.

The snap is of the pair playing chess together while sitting on sofas. Neither player is in their Pakistan kit, suggesting that this get together was outside of their international commitments. Shaheen captioned the post ‘family’ with a heart emoji. The posts insinuates that he continues to have a close relationship with Babar, despite rumours of tension in the Pakistan dressing room.

There have been media reports in the last few days which have alleged a major disagreement occurred after Pakistan’s narrow defeat to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Super Fours. The loss meant that Pakistan would not advance to the final and were out of the competition. Allegedly, Babar criticised the performance of some players in the post-match debrief, telling them they needed to accept responsibility. In response, Shaheen allegedly advised Babar to recognise the contributions of those players rather than criticise them. The confrontation reportedly prompted Mohammad Rizwan to intervene in order to resolve the issue.


Shaheen had taken two wickets in two balls in the penultimate over of the match against Sri Lanka, bringing Pakistan back into the hunt for the win in the final throes of the game. Sri Lanka had needed 12 at the start of the 41st over, with the innings shortened due to rain. But, Shaheen conceded just four from the over, along with the two wickets, leaving Zaman Khan eight to defend off his last.

However, with two needed off the last ball Charith Asalanka was able to clip Zaman into the deep and pick up the necessary runs. It was Pakistan’s second consecutive loss after being thumped by India in their previous match.

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