The Pakistan cricket team performed impressively at Dubai’s ICC T20 World Cup. Their exit in the semi-finals left fans back home heartbroken. But a letter from a young fan saying he is “very proud” moved everyone, including skipper Babar Azam.
The letter shared by journalist Alina Shigri on Twitter showed a handwritten note from an eight-year-old boy identified as Mohammad Haroon Suria. “Well played everyone, nice batting, bowling,” he wrote, adding he loves Azam, whose jersey number — 56 — can be seen written atop the page.
Encapsulating the emotional rollercoaster that all Pakistani fans felt while watching the intense semi-final against Australia, the little boy said he thought his country would win, “then in the middle I was nervous.”
“I will invite all of your team to my team. We will go to the finals and win,” he wrote, concluding the message for the team. In the second part, the boy had a special request for his hero, asking for autographs from all the players and expressing his deep love and admiration for Azam. He ended the letter by saying that whether the team wins or loses, “we still love you.”
“From a future captain to current captain @babarazam258,” Shigri wrote online, sharing an image of the letter.
— Alina Shigri (@alinashigri) November 13, 2021
The adorable letter touched many fans in the country and reached the skipper himself.
The skipper had a heartfelt response for the little fan and thanked the child for the “kind letter.” In a reply, the captain said: “I believe in you, and you can achieve anything with your focus, belief, and hard work.”
Azam also promised to send in all the signatures to the little fan but sweetly added, “I can’t wait to get YOUR autograph, future Captain.”
Dear Mohammad Haroon Suria,
Thank you for such a kind letter for us, champion. I believe in you, and you can achieve anything with your focus, belief, and hard work.
Many took to Twitter to thank Azam for his kind gesture and loved the sweet conversation between the two.