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    Babar Azam a family man, sends back entire salary home: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

    Babar Azam a family man, sends back entire salary home: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

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    Updated Feb 09, 2019 | 14:43 IST | Times Now Digital

    Mickey Arthur has given insights on how Pakistan's cricket star Babar Azam is off the field. Revealing how much of a family man he is, Arthur said that the batsman sends his entire earnings back home.

    Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam has risen to the limelight by his great batting display off late and is considered to be one of the top batsmen in the world at the moment. In the recently concluded tour of South Africa, Babar was the only player who rose to the occasion and performed in each format of the game. He even took Dale Steyn, South's Africa's all-time leading Test wicket-taker to the cleaners in the series. Although Pakistan lost the series, Azam's performance can be seen as one positive from the series.

    Pakistan's head coach Mickey Arthur has revealed something about the batsmen which will win the hearts of his supporters and win him much appreciation. The coach revealed that the player sends all of his earnings back home to his family, an act which is something for everyone to be proud of. Arthur also told that the entire family is immensely proud Azam, who has been driving his old Honda until last year. Azam's father recently got him a new car to replace the worn out vehicle he has been driving for long.

    “Babar Azam is among the five most talented batsmen in the world. Do you know he sends every penny of his income home – most of them do,” Arthur told Pakistan daily Business Recorder. “Then, one night round the family dinner table, his father made a short speech saying how much honour his son had brought to the family and how they loved him. Whereupon he gave Babar a set of car keys and outside the door was a brand new white Honda.”

    The Pakistan head coach further revealed that Azam is so proud of the car gifted to him by his family that he compared his prized possession with Australian cricketer's Chris Lynn's Lamborghini.

    The Lahore batsman averages 51 and 53 respectively, in the ODI and T20 format and a lot would be expected from him during the ICC World Cup in England, as Pakistan look to bag their second consecutive ICC trophy.

    Link: https://www.timesnownews.com/sports/...-arthur/362700

    Comments: Lol, why single out Babar when most of them do it.

    Also it looks to be tad impractical for Babar to send all his earnings back to his family, how does he survive on tour then? I remember seeing a show with Mohd Wasim and Saqlain Mushtaq where they both explained that the players in the 90's would try to find economical eating options on tour so that they could save up as much of the daily allowances as possible so that they could maximize the amount of money they send home.

    But this is very scary as to how much the families of these players depend on them, literally being dropped from the national side to the pittance of domestic cricket is the difference between a life of comfort and poverty.

    Akhtar in his autobiography mentioned that the players are always on edge, worried, take strong anti depressants and mood stabilizers like Xanax, Prozac to cope with the pressures of being dropped, poor performances and are unable to work on their games in a relaxed frame of mind.

    But my question is what do the players do with their money once they have played for the national team for a year minimum. I suspect they probably buy accommodation for the family members, cars, get their younger siblings into school, get sisters married off, can they invest in rental properties or businesses to have some comfortable level of income coming in? Don't these players have departmental cricketing jobs where they have a regular guaranteed paycheque coming in?

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    Babar is not from an impoverished background. He might be sending all his money home, but he is not burdened with putting food on the table for his family.

    In fact, most players in this current team come from families who can make ends meet without solely relying on their cricket income.
    Last edited by MenInG; 9th February 2019 at 21:35.

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    Nothing surprising here.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Akhtar in his autobiography mentioned that the players are always on edge, worried, take strong anti depressants and mood stabilizers like Xanax, Prozac to cope with the pressures of being dropped, poor performances and are unable to work on their games in a relaxed frame of mind.
    Wow that's horrific. We really donneed a team psychologist.

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    There seems to be a statement about Babar from Mickey everyday.

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    I think that one of the reasons for the recent success of Ind is that young players come in to the team with a confidence and swagger not seen with previous generations, and the reason for that is the IPL. Failure at the higher level doesn't have to mean financial ruin, which is what happened to older players. Our players still fear being dropped but don't have the work ethic or desire to improve so that they are not dropped. Babar is a star and with a little more power( I have said often get him into the gym), he will go to another level.

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    There are central contracts, match fees, PSL. I'd assume top players like Babar makes close to 300 to 400k USD a year. That's a lot of dough in Pakistan.

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    Most young people, especially bachelors, give their income to the family or parents. Even married ones.

    It's the culture and looks like Mickey isn't aware of it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Most young people, especially bachelors, give their income to the family or parents. Even married ones.

    It's the culture and looks like Mickey isn't aware of it .
    How do they take of themselves then if they are giving everything away to their family?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    How do they take of themselves then if they are giving everything away to their family?
    Family gives them the money.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    I would assume all or like 90 percent of our players do the same due to the culture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Babar is not from an impoverished background. He might be sending all his money home, but he is not burdened with putting food on the table for his family.

    In fact, most players in this current team come from families who can make ends meet without solely relying on their cricket income.
    How do you know that? Just cause they're not from impoverished backgrounds that doesn't mean they struggle lol, middle class people definitely struggle a lot more than rich people who can't see past their privilege.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    How do you know that? Just cause they're not from impoverished backgrounds that doesn't mean they struggle lol, middle class people definitely struggle a lot more than rich people who can't see past their privilege.
    There is a big difference between being hand to mouth and not living a luxurious life. Apart from Masood and Imad, most of these current players in the team are not from upper/middle-class and would not have been able to enjoy a lavish lifestyle without cricket.

    However, apart from a few such as Hasan for example, most of them are from families that are able to meet basic needs without solely relying on income generated by playing cricket.

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    Brilliant coach bringing inside details about someone's personal life....very professional

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow View Post
    There seems to be a statement about Babar from Mickey everyday.
    Yeah, expecting a statement about Babar's movie preferences tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    There is a big difference between being hand to mouth and not living a luxurious life. Apart from Masood and Imad, most of these current players in the team are not from upper/middle-class and would not have been able to enjoy a lavish lifestyle without cricket.

    However, apart from a few such as Hasan for example, most of them are from families that are able to meet basic needs without solely relying on income generated by playing cricket.
    That's a very privileged view, I have relatives in Pakistan that are middle class and while they're not living "hand to mouth" it's not a very comfortable quality of living either. Middle class in Pakistan and middle class in a first world country are VERY different. You did mention on here that your dad was like the president of the tax service or something so you're just unable to see the whole picture.
    Last edited by Pakistanian; 9th February 2019 at 23:45.


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    Even South American, Portugese:Spanish footballers who play in European leagues help their families. Cristiano Ronaldo has always helped his family.
    Neymar’s dad is always involved in his son’s transfers and negotiations. Our culture is not different to South American one in terms of family.
    British culture is selfish. British footballers do not care about their parents and all. Beckham
    Never helped his mom/dad after getting famous.

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    Arthur has taken a role of PR than a coach.

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    Don't know why the Indians get riled up whenever Babar's name floats around.


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    Why is Mickey revealing personal details about Babar's life in the media

    Also it's the norm here.single men do hand their earnings to their parents,heck i know of married men handing over their salary to their mothers who then gives them a designated portion for their family (wife and kids) so Mickey probably doesn't know that its not supposed to be that big a deal. Also,he should refrain from announcing in front of the world what the players do with their salaries,seems very unprofessional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarfiBabarHaris View Post
    Family gives them the money.
    I am sure Babar keeps a cut for himself and his own expenses and needs and sends the remainder back home to his family. I very much doubt he sends everything to his family and then the family gives him his share. That would just be cumbersome and complicated/

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    Hmm.. Not something a coach should be commenting on tbh. How one utilizes their salary is quite a personal thing

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    Micky got carried away there, trying to talk about how good his team is, but revealing personal details he shouldn't have.

    Regardless.....a Honda civic is pretty much a car for the wealthy here - it costs something like 20-25k USD, which is a lot for a regular person. I'm happy to see that Babar is happy and proud of this kind of gift, and imo, shows he values his money and earnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow View Post
    There seems to be a statement about Babar from Mickey everyday.
    It's almost like Mickey is almost praying for Babar to somehow be captain


    you really can't beat the game. If you earn anything, it's minus taxes. If you buy anything it's plus taxes.

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    Needless statement.

    Looks like Mickey is Babar's PR man.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Bassim View Post
    Needless statement.

    Looks like Mickey is Babar's PR man.
    its not a statement, its taken from a conversation - and is nice to hear that about our cricketers - some of whom cannot express these things themselves in press.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    its not a statement, its taken from a conversation - and is nice to hear that about our cricketers - some of whom cannot express these things themselves in press.
    My point being, that why would you wanna tell the world what Babar does with his money?

    Unless you are trying to establish PR for him.


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    These days people have their salaries paid in the bank. If someone wants to "send" money to their family, all they have to do is to do online transfer to the account of the recipient. It is not such a big deal. Here it is being made out as if Babar gets paid in cash and then he sends that cash by money order to his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latecut View Post
    These days people have their salaries paid in the bank. If someone wants to "send" money to their family, all they have to do is to do online transfer to the account of the recipient. It is not such a big deal. Here it is being made out as if Babar gets paid in cash and then he sends that cash by money order to his family.
    Nobody cares where babar spend money, i'm sure mickey isn't lying about it but these are needless statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    That's a very privileged view, I have relatives in Pakistan that are middle class and while they're not living "hand to mouth" it's not a very comfortable quality of living either. Middle class in Pakistan and middle class in a first world country are VERY different. You did mention on here that your dad was like the president of the tax service or something so you're just unable to see the whole picture.
    We both seem to be making the same point in different ways. I am talking about extreme poverty and you are talking about middle-class problems.

    I am talking about people who struggle to afford food and other basic necessities, while you are talking about luxuries and wants.

    The middle-class and the lower middle-class have their own set of problems and challenges, but those problems are different than the ones people from impoverished backgrounds face.

    Just because I am from a privileged background doesn’t mean I am not aware of the problems the middle-class face. I was born and brought up in Pakistan and I still live here.

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    Ahhhh now I know why Babar is so thin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    There is a big difference between being hand to mouth and not living a luxurious life. Apart from Masood and Imad, most of these current players in the team are not from upper/middle-class and would not have been able to enjoy a lavish lifestyle without cricket.

    However, apart from a few such as Hasan for example, most of them are from families that are able to meet basic needs without solely relying on income generated by playing cricket.
    How do you know this information ?


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    One thing for sure, you can tell Babar Azam works extremely hard on his batting behind the scenes. There is no other way you can be this consistent. This South African series was a huge step up by him and hopefully he uses that confidence to good effect going forward.

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    Not only does this show how much Babar cares for his family, it also tells you what Micky values in terms of of qualities in his players. Lets celebrate the coach's gesture instead of criticizing him unnecessarily for divulging Babar's personal details.

    I do hope that his family is ensuring that the money is spent or invested wisely. I have more than once sons sending money back home only to see their families squandering all that wealth on material things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    I am sure Babar keeps a cut for himself and his own expenses and needs and sends the remainder back home to his family. I very much doubt he sends everything to his family and then the family gives him his share. That would just be cumbersome and complicated/
    Dont know about Babar in specific but its common in Pakistan that bachelors give all their salary to their parents.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarfiBabarHaris View Post
    Dont know about Babar in specific but its common in Pakistan that bachelors give all their salary to their parents.
    Doesn't sound practical. Everyone has their own personal day to day expenses


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