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New Zealand commentator Simon Doull has shared an abusive message he received for criticising Pakistan captain Babar Azam in PSL 2023. Doull was on air during the recent game between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators and called out Azam for batting selfishly as he was seemingly focusing on his hundred. 

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Reacting to these comments, a fan with the username ferozekhan_45 sent a hateful message to Simon Doull via Instagram. This DM was full of abusive language and threatened Doull, his mother and his sister. The former Blackcaps pacer had a strong reply to this message as he stated that criticising players is his job and disagreeing with his opinion is fine. But nothing warrants this language.

Simon Doull’s reply in the caption said, "So sorry to have upset you Feroz. It’s just an opinion and I get paid for it. It’s ok if you don’t agree but this language is never ok. And my mother has also passed…"

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What did Simon Doull say?

Babar Azam was batting on 86 off 49 balls after 14 overs but took 11 balls to reach the 100-mark. While batting on 99, the Pakistan captain blocked out a delivery from Naseem Shah, after which Doull questioned the batter’s tactics, slamming him for being selfish. 

Simon Doull said, "Rather than putting the team first... the last little while, that's all that been happening. Rather than looking for boundaries, still, so much firepower to come. Hundreds are brilliant, stats are great, but it has to be team first." 

Talking about the game, Azam ended the first innings at a score of 115 in 65 balls which propelled Peshawar to 240. Responding to this massive target, Jason Roy smashed the Zalmi bowlers across the Pindi Club Ground scoring 145* in 63 balls. This knock included 20 fours and five sixes as he batted at a strike rate of 230.16. 

Former Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez also played a crucial 18-ball 41 as he and Roy stitched up 93-run partnership for the third wicket. The Gladiators chased down the total with ten balls to spare fittingly on a massive Jason Roy six.  

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