WATCH: Babar Azam upholds the Spirit of Cricket; allows Shimron Hetmyer to carry on after being adjudged OUT


Babar Azam came up with an incredible display of sportsmanship and spirit of the game during the warm-up match for the T20 World Cup between Pakistan and West Indies on Monday.

West Indies opted to bat after winning the toss at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai. The top-order collapsed quite early bit Shimron Hetmyer walked in to bat at No.5 and played some delightful shots.

Overall, he scored 28 off 24 balls but his innings could have turned out to be much shorter had Babar Azam not given him a lifeline. The left-handed batter was adjudged out by the on-field umpire in the 15th over off a short delivery from Hasan Ali.

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An appeal for caught behind was made by the keeper and the bowler and the umpire consequently adjudged him out as well. But Hetmyer looked disappointed as he indicated that the chain on his neck hit his helmet and that’s what the noise came from.

No reviews were allowed as this was a warm-up game and Hetmyer looked all set to take a walk back to the pavilion. But the Pakistani skipper decided to let him stay and bat on.

Here’s the video of that incident where Shimron Hetmyer was given Out but Babar Azam decided to call him back.


Hetmyer was in excellent form during the IPL as well and Babar’s decision to call him back could have backfired for Pakistan. But that didn’t happen as the Pakistani bowlers kept it tight and restricted West Indies to a total of 130/7. Pakistan later chased down the target with seven wickets and 27 balls in hand. Babar Azam played a significant role with the bat as he top-scored with 50 off 41 balls to his name.