T20 Blast 2020: Babar Azam refuses to endorse alcohol, Somerset to remove logo from his jersey

Sep 4, 2:34:00 PM

Photo Credit: Twitter/ Somerset
Photo Credit: Twitter/ Somerset

Pakistan's limited overs captain Babar Azam, who was a revelation of English county Somerset in the last season of the T20 Blast, has joined the team again this season, but with a rider that he would not endorse any alcohol brand,be it on his shirt or any where else on his kit or dress. The decision was made public after the county by mistake was not able to remove the logo of 'Tribute' before Azam's first match for the side this year. 

The controversy was created after the logo was spotted by fans of the Pakistani superstar back home, which led to a huge outcry over social media. Later on, a Pakistani cricket  journalist by the name of Saj  Sadiq tweeted to clarify that the fault was not on Babar's part but on the part of the county for which the administration has apologised and promised to remove the logo from next match onward.

Before Babar many Muslim cricketers have refused to endorse alcohol as ot is considerd 'haram' or impure in Islam. The list includes the likes of South African Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir and Englishmen Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. 

Apart from the controversy though, the 25 year old contributed 42 with the bat and took a stunning catch to help his team win the game by 16 runs against Worcestershire.

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