While Pakistan has taken the world by storm, thanks to their unbeaten streak in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, their captain Babar Azam has made the headlines too, this time not for his performance on the field but off the field.
Pakistan men’s cricket team’s captain Babar Azam has come to the rescue of woman cricketer Bisma Amjad who suffered a head injury during a practice session of the ongoing training camp at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) academy in Karachi last month. Azam Siddique, father of Babar Azam, has requested PCB to use his son’s match fee, which he had received in the opening fixture of the T20 World Cup against India on October 24, on Bisma’s treatment.
“I request PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja to immediately make arrangements for national cricketer Bisma Amjad’s treatment. If a person wearing Pakistan’s star [on their uniform] is helpless, then it means that the nation is helpless,” Azam Siddique said.
Last month, Bisma Amjad suffered a head injury during practice in Karachi. She was taken to the hospital immediately, however, a local news channel had reported that PCB officials refused to pay for her treatment expenses. As per reports, the medical bill amounted to Rs. 54,000 which the PCB refused to pay. After the bill was paid by somebody else, there were tears in the eyes of Bisma.
Netizens took to social media to severely criticize the PCB. After facing the lash from people across the world, the PCB issued a statement, saying that Bisma Amjad suffered a concussion during a women’s training camp at the Sindh regional academy. “The PCB, as a responsible organization is continuing to look after her wellbeing as well as treatment expenses,” the PCB said.
It is great to see the kind of gesture shown by Babar Azam and his father to support the woman cricketer. Things like these go a long way in developing a cricketer.
Bisma Amjad is an 18-year old cricketer, who is a right hand bat and a right arm off spinner. The Karachi-born cricketer represents Northern Renegades and PCB Strikers at the domestic level.
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I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.