Azam Khan is one of the young and famous cricketers in Pakistan. he is the son of former Pakistan wicket-keeper Moin Khan, Azam began his List-A career with Sindh. He debuted in the T20s with Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League. Azam Khan went on to represent Gladiators from 2018 to 2021 and he will represent Islamabad United in the PSL 2022 season.
Azam got into the Pakistan T20I squad after an eventful Pakistan Super League 2020/21. His aggressive batting got him a place in the Pakistan squad in 2021. Eventually, he got his international T20 cap in July 2021. His last match for his country also came in the same month.
Azam Khan Biography
|Full Name||Azam Khan|
|Born||August 10, 1998|
|Birth Place||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Playing Role||Wicket-keeper batter|
|Batting Style||Right-Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style||Left-arm medium (doesn’t bowl often)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||176 cm|
5′ 8″ Feet
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Teams||Pakistan, Quetta Gladiators, Pakistan Television, Sindh, Galle Gladiators, Barbados Royals,Southern Punjab, Islamabad United|
|Debut||ODI – NA|
T20I – 16 July 2021 vs England at Trent Bridge
PSL – 5th March 2019 vs Islamabad United at Abu Dhabi
|Jersey Number||77 (Pakistan)|
scored 38 runs in 10 balls against Shahid Afridi
|Career Turning Point||Scored 88 off 43 balls in the National T20 Cup for Sindh vs Northern in 2020|
|Educational Qualification||Not known|
|Family||Father – Moin Khan Mother –Tasleem|
Siblings – Owais Khan
|Favourite Cricketers||Moin Khan Rashid Latif, Ricky Ponting|
Azam Khan Biography: The Islamabad United Wicket-keeper Azam Khan was born on 10th August 1998 in Karachi. His father Moin Khan is a former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman. He has an older brother named Owais Khan who is married to Pakistan actor Maryam Ansari. He didn’t take cricket seriously until he got into the Pakistan U-19.
Azam Khan’s Cricket Coach
Azam Khan’s father Moin Khan has been his mentor and coach since the beginning of his career. Azam also follows former Pakistan keeper Rashid Latif closely when it comes to keeping.
At Islamabad United, Azam Khan will be playing under a different coach, other than his father, for the first time. When he was asked about this, Azam said: “Now I am playing for another franchise with a different coaching staff, therefore, this is a new experience for me and I’ll surely be free of that added pressure.”
Azam Khan’s U-19 Cricket
Azam Khan’s U-19 career began in 2014/15 when he made it to the Karachi Region cricket squads. He represented them in both white ball and red ball format of cricket until 2016. He then made it to the Pakistan U19 squad but never really got big opportunities.
Azam Khan’s Career and International Debut
Azam Khan played in U16 and then U19 state tournaments until 2016. then he went to the USA and played in Dallas Premier League before returning to Pakistan. And then Azam Khan got into the senior cricket group and his List A debut came in 2018. He featured in the Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup 2018/19 representing Pakistan Television. The team had an eight-wicket win over the hosts Multan in that match. He kept wickets for the team and had two catches that day. He did not bat in that match.
Azam Khan smashed Shahid Afridi for three consecutive sixes in one of the matches in PSL. He scored 38 runs from just 10 balls against Afridi in that match. This helped him to find a place in the Pakistan international squad for the tour of England. He made his T20I debut in the same series, on 16th July 2021. then he played two more T20Is.
He was selected for the Men’s T20 World Cup squad in 2021 but wasn’t given an opportunity to play in the World Cup.
Franchise Cricket Career
His T20 career began in the 2019 Pakistan Premier League with Quetta Gladiators and his debut came on March 5, 2019, against Islamabad United. He batted at number three and made 15 runs in 12 balls in that match. He continued to represent the franchise until the 2021 edition.
Azam Khan moved to Southern Punjab in 2021 from Sindh. As of 2022, He continues to play for Southern Punjab. He also left Quetta Gladiators after the 2021 PSL edition and in the 2022 edition, he will play for Islamabad United. The Shadab Khan-led franchise picked Azam Khan during the players’ draft in 2021 December.
He also played in the 1st ever Lanka Premier League where he represented Galle Gladiators. He plays for Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League.
Azam Khan fitness
Azam Khan faced criticism for his fitness and many cricketers have advised him to reduce weight. He also agrees that he needs to work on weight and recently said: “You know fitness is very necessary in today’s day and age. If you want a long career, fitness is your priority. I will always try to improve my fitness and achieve my goals. I know I have to work on myself. It’s a process; you can’t lose 30 kgs in one month. It’s a slow process that requires time. Even if somebody wants to spoon-feed me, it won’t happen unless I want to do that work myself”.
Azam Khan often had to cope with the accusation of nepotism despite being one of the aggressive batters in Pakistan at the moment. He has openly agreed that it had affected him mentally. During one of the interviews, Azam Khan said: “All that affected me mentally because when people don’t know you and criticise you, you don’t like it. But it’s about availing of the opportunity you get. For me, it’s not about answering critics, but performing well and turning critics into fans”.
Unknown Facts About Azam Khan
- Azam Khan played in Dallas Premier League in the USA during his teenage years before moving back to Pakistan.
- He has openly admitted that the criticism about his fitness and nepotism accusations have affected him mentally.
- Azam’s favourite wicket-keeper from Pakistan is Rashid Latif and not his father, Moin Khan
- He considers former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting as one of his idols and had even tried copying his batting style while he was young.
- Shahid Afridi is his main inspiration when it comes to aggressive batting. Interestingly, Azam Khan once scored three consecutive sixes off Shahid Afridi’s over in Pakistan Super League.