Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi’s Social Media Activity Draws Pakistan Cricket Board’s Ire, To Revisit Contracts

Feb 10, 2024

File image of Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi© Twitter

The Pakistan Cricket Board is not happy with former captain Babar Azam and current national T20 captain Shaheen Shah Afridi's interaction with fans on social media platform 'X'. The quiz session on 'X' (formerly Twitter) confirmed Babar's popularity despite losing the captaincy, as his session was attended by over 20,000 fans, while Shaheen's quiz session was attended by around 4000 fans.

But a PCB source said the decision by two senior players to go ahead with social media sessions organized by their agents did not go down well with the cricket board.

“The PCB will reconsider some of the conditions that centrally contracted players will have to adhere to,” the source said.

“The section covering social media activities of contracted players is now being reviewed again by the board as it is concerned that such public question-and-answer sessions may result in unnecessary controversies,” he said.

PCB and players have been at loggerheads since last year over the issue of use of social media and NOC for foreign T20 leagues.

The fact that the PCB has a fourth chairman from December 2022 has not helped matters and the source said this has led to a lack of clarity between the players, their agents and the board.

“Each PCB chairman has tried to run the board in his own way and, in some cases, has even ignored the written provisions of the central contract and given special permission to players in the last 12 months,” the source said.

The source said new chairman Mohsin Naqvi had sought details regarding the central contract with the players and also sought transcripts of all interviews and social media content of the players for the last few months.

“Naqvi clearly wants a revised media policy for the players and for this the PCB can amend some clauses of the central contract,” the source said.

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