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Mohammad Rizwan reveals Babar Azam’s marriage plan

Rizwan says he was the one who asked Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi to get married

By Arfa Feroz Zake
March 10, 2024
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan (left) and former skipper Babar Azam. — AFP/File
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan (left) and former skipper Babar Azam. — AFP/File 

Pakistan’s eminent wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan Sunday provided a major update regarding the marriage of former skipper Babar Azam.

Babar always remains in the limelight, not only because of his cricketing skills but also because of rumours surrounding his marriage plans.

Rumours have emerged before about Babar getting married, however, they were false.

In an exclusive talk with Geo News, Rizwan, who is Babar's close friend, said: “I asked Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi to get married and Babar Azam too, will get married soon.”

Rizwan, who is currently leading Multan Sultans in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9, stated that he was the one who asked Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi to get married.

“Marriage is the command of Allah, the relationship between husband and wife is very sacred."

“Babar and I share a very positive relationship. Sometimes, we would stay up at night and talk and consult one another on various aspects of life.

“Normally, we message someone before entering their room but me and Babar can enter each other’s room anytime because of our friendship,” he added.

'Domestic cricket producing fast bowlers'

Rizwan then talked about the PSL, saying that back then Karachi, Lahore and Sialkot used to produce players but now Multan is doing that as well.

“Pakistan’s domestic cricket has been producing fast bowlers for a long time. There was a time when Karachi, Lahore and Sialkot used to produce great players but Multan has been doing that for some time now. Pacers like Ehsanullah, Asif Ali and Mohammad Ali emerged from Multan Sultans,” he said.

"I like being called a cricketer, performances are up and down, I have given myself confidence with poems written on trucks. I look to Multan Sultans coach Abdur Rahman to gain confidence these days, he has seen many difficulties, and he also received threats for becoming the coach of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”

'Education is important'

The wicketkeeper batter emphasised the importance of education along with cricket citing Shan Masood and Mohammad Hafeez as examples.

“My education is not much but I got admission to Islamia College, tried to get more education but could not study because of cricket.

“Education is important along with cricket, Misbah-ul-Haq, Muhammad Hafeez and Shan Masood are examples, there should be sports scholarships in Pakistan's educational system,” the 31-year-old added.