Pakistan’s cricket captain, Babar Azam, was seen shopping in Kolkata, India, with teammate Imam-ul-Haq before their World Cup match against England.
The cricketers were seen shopping at the South City Mall in Kolkatta. Skipper Babar Azam bought sarees and other items for their families. This shopping spree came after the denial by Babar Azam of buying heavy and expensive jewelry and clothes in India.
Earlier, Pakistani players Usama Mir, Mohammad Haris, and Wasim Jr went shopping near their hotel in Mani Square. Abdullah Shafique and Zaman Khan also enjoyed shopping. The players showed keen interest in buying sarees and clothing stuff.
This shopping spree comes before the team’s final match against England. If we talk about performance, Pakistan is in a tight spot in the World Cup. They are on the edge of being eliminated from the tournament failing to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan is almost out of the tournament after New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka. Even if Pakistan defeats England, they still may not qualify over a low run rate. To qualify, they need a miraculous win over England. If batting first, they must beat England by 287 runs. If bowling first, they need to limit England to 50 runs and chase the target in two overs or restrict England to 100 runs in three overs.
Earlier, skipper Babar Azam had denied the reports of a shopping spree in India. The news was circulated by Indian media. Media agency representing Babar Azam conveyed his message. The media statement labeled reports as false.
Indian media outlets had reported that Babar Azam purchased jewelry and clothing items during his visit, including a designer sherwani worth 700,000 Indian rupees.
The statement read, “We vehemently reject the utterly false reports circulating on certain media platforms suggesting that Kaptaan Babar Azam engaged in clothing and jewelry shopping in India amidst the ongoing World Cup. We categorically refute these baseless claims and implore such media outlets to exercise diligent fact-checking before participating in any dissemination of misinformation, disinformation, or propaganda. Thank you.”