Babar Azam's Father Reveals Why Son Rejected Lucrative G20 Canada League Offer To Play LPL
Babar Azam, undoubtedly Pakistan's best hitter over the past decade, has received offers from the Lanka Premier League (LPL) and Global T20 Canada. Babar Siddique, the player's father, suggested that his son, then 28 years old, play in the LPL instead of the Global T20.
Babar's dad made it clear that taking the "tempting" offer his son got to play in Canada may be a no-brainer. Since Pakistan would be playing a few matches of the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, it would be better for his preparations if he chose to play in the LPL.
He recently posted the exchange they had before his son decided to visit Sri Lanka on Instagram. The elder Azam insisted that his son's Asia Cup performance will benefit from the hot and humid circumstances in Sri Lanka. The success of Pakistan in the Asia Cup was a major factor in this choice.
Here's what Babar Azam's father posted on Instagram
Salaam [Welcome] Pakistan, During the Sri Lanka Test series, Babar assured me that his salary for the 10-day (or 16-day) Global T20 Canada league and the 25-day (or 365-hour) Colombo League (Lanka Premier League) would be the same.
While it is quite hot in Sri Lanka, the temperature in Canada would be pleasant. I mentioned that Sri Lanka would host the Asia Cup and that the Sri Lanka League would be a good place to play. As an added bonus, playing on Sri Lanka's challenging wickets could enhance Pakistan's chances against Afghanistan in the World Cup.
The allure of ten days of playing in the best weather followed by ten days of resting at home is strong, but he was willing to sacrifice anything for his nation. He had to take a seat and rest twice during a recent match in Sri Lanka because he was struggling to breathe. What I mean is, everything we do should be done for Pakistan. Adieu, Pakistan!
Babar's first-ever LPL outing was less than stellar, as he only scored seven runs off of eight deliveries. But in the very next game, the Pakistan skipper scored a fifty that won the game for his team against Kandy Falcons.
On August 30, Pakistan will play Nepal in the opening match of the Asia Cup at Multan.