[Report] Babar Azam files defamation notice against Mubashir Luqman over match-fixing allegations during T20 World Cup

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In the notice, which the Indian Express has access to, Luqman has been asked to apologise within 14 days. The defamation suit is of Rs 1 billion PKR (100 crore PKR or 30 crore INR)

“You are hereby called upon to tender an unconditional apology and retraction in the same manner in which you issued the defamatory statements on your YouTube show and with the same prominence within a period of 14 days, failing which our client reserves the right to institute legal proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction, against you, under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 for damages of Rs 1 Billion,” read the notice.

Babar Azam’s lawyer Qazi Umair Ali has accused Luqman for not respecting a generational talent, who has won so many games for Pakistan.

“We have got a player of Babar’s calibre after a long time. Maybe after Younis Khan. The things which have been said are absolutely ridiculous. In the past, such things have also happened in Pakistan cricket. Yes, he didn’t perform well. It happens. Virat Kohli struggled for three years, and we never heard a word about anything negative from India about Virat, instead, the entire country was backing him,” Ali tells The Indian Express.

Ali says the Pakistan captain doesn’t want to drag the issue but only wants an apology from Luqman.

“In Pakistan, you have to give a 14-day notice before filing a case in the court. If the person comes forward and apologises in that 14-day time then it is well and good. If they don’t then you can go to the court and file the case,” he says.

In the wake of Pakistan’s exit from the World Cup, senior journalist Mubashir Luqman has implied that Babar Azam was involved in match-fixing.

 
Whilst the defamation case may be valid and I understand the reason behind it, why can't anything be done in Pakistan "normally"......why is Babar's lawyer bringing Kohli into it? Makes it sound so unprofessional. Just stick to facts in the case, it's not a drama show.
 
Defamation lawsuits in the subcontinent are non starters - unless the government wants to cut the defendent to size
 
Glad the lawyer looks upto to India when it comes to players, hopefully they can look up to us the way we trolled Pandya for an entire long IPL season.
 
Lol at the comparison b/w Babar and Kohli, it is Kohli who should sue Babar and his Lawyer for this insult.

Kohli has won India so many big games singlehandedly, Babar has not done that for a long time. Kohli had 3 big performances in Australia with the Bat whereas Babar was easy work for the likes of Cummins, Hazelwood.
 
Good but don't go for apologies. Go.all the way. That's the only way to stop dangerous speculations
 
There was no need to drag Kohli's name nor there was a need to explain Babar's match winning performances. It should be solely about match fixing allegations which journalist has to either prove or apologize unconditionally.

Babar has been a disaster in international tournaments and in most of the big series
 
Statement by Saya:

Accusing the Pakistan team of match-fixing without any proof is tantamount to abusing Pakistan, and this cannot be tolerated. This is why it was necessary to initiate defamation cases. We have always chosen silence, even when our personal names, cricketers, family, friends, and management company were subjected to baseless allegations. However, remaining silent on matters concerning Pakistan is not an option.
 
Good action by initiating a defamation case against the clown.

However, the statement from his lawyer is stupid about "generational player" and "kohli" etc etc.
Sounds more like a crazy fan rather than a formal lawyer. Would be pretty cringe if Babar thinks that about himself as well.
 
If the guy apologises he will lose whatever credibility he has.
Going to be interesting times ahead
 
Perhaps Babar can also explain the poor showing and why he preferred his friends while they did not perform or deserved a place in the team!
 
Good job! That shameless military pawn should be sued for every penny he has made from blackmailing and lobbying for these corrupt politicians. Babar should donate that money to charity after he successfully wins the case.
 
Probably gonna make sone back door deal. He will stay shut about Babar and in return Babar will drop the lawsuit

Yes, we have had these episodes in the past:

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Good, being criticized of playing badly is correct, being accused of playing badly for personal gain is terrible.
These sort of accusations can bring a player down completely and for someone like Babar who actually has been Pakistan's shining light for a long time, this is awful.
 
Statement by Saya:

Accusing the Pakistan team of match-fixing without any proof is tantamount to abusing Pakistan, and this cannot be tolerated. This is why it was necessary to initiate defamation cases. We have always chosen silence, even when our personal names, cricketers, family, friends, and management company were subjected to baseless allegations. However, remaining silent on matters concerning Pakistan is not an option.
Lol who buys this Pakistan rhetoric?
 
Statement by Saya:

Accusing the Pakistan team of match-fixing without any proof is tantamount to abusing Pakistan, and this cannot be tolerated. This is why it was necessary to initiate defamation cases. We have always chosen silence, even when our personal names, cricketers, family, friends, and management company were subjected to baseless allegations. However, remaining silent on matters concerning Pakistan is not an option.
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Check these fruitcakes. No wonder their whole rhetoric is based on fake image building. They remind me of The Vought company in the boys; experts in building false, sentimental narratives
 
"Won so many games for Pakistan" Umm, which?? Name me 10 games please.

1. Stood firm in a D/L chase against SA at around 30* something - CT '17

2. Stood notout in the SF against Eng around 40* something - CT '17

3. Scored a vital 46 and played accumulator's role to its best in his first ever major final - CT '17

4. Scored 65 against ENG after coming from back from the thrashing WI gave us - WC '19

5. Scored 69 against SA in WC '19

6. Scored undefeated 102* against NZ on a very tricky pitch and a must win game - WC '19

7. Scored run a ball 47 against afghanistan in a must win game - WC '19

8. Scored run a ball 96 in a must win game against BD - WC '19

9. Scored undefeated 69* against india in our first WC win over them - T20 WC '21

10. Scored a matchwinning 50 against afghani spin on a turning track of Sharjah - T20 WC '21

11. Scored 195 against Australia to save a test match. (only naming it because Wisden added it into top 5 match-saving innings ever in the history of cricket)

12. Scored 54 in a WC SF - T20 WC' 22

13. Anchored Fakhar in the 402 run chase against NZ in WC '23

I can find you 30 more if I include bi-laterals into it :)
 
@topspin @mominsaigol

Check these fruitcakes. No wonder their whole rhetoric is based on fake image building. They remind me of The Vought company in the boys; experts in building false, sentimental narratives
We'll likely get more info on SAYA soon and the whole story will unfold gradually.
 
1. Stood firm in a D/L chase against SA at around 30* something - CT '17

2. Stood notout in the SF against Eng around 40* something - CT '17

3. Scored a vital 46 and played accumulator's role to its best in his first ever major final - CT '17

4. Scored 65 against ENG after coming from back from the thrashing WI gave us - WC '19

5. Scored 69 against SA in WC '19

6. Scored undefeated 102* against NZ on a very tricky pitch and a must win game - WC '19

7. Scored run a ball 47 against afghanistan in a must win game - WC '19

8. Scored run a ball 96 in a must win game against BD - WC '19

9. Scored undefeated 69* against india in our first WC win over them - T20 WC '21

10. Scored a matchwinning 50 against afghani spin on a turning track of Sharjah - T20 WC '21

11. Scored 195 against Australia to save a test match. (only naming it because Wisden added it into top 5 match-saving innings ever in the history of cricket)

12. Scored 54 in a WC SF - T20 WC' 22

13. Anchored Fakhar in the 402 run chase against NZ in WC '23

I can find you 30 more if I include bi-laterals into it :)
I'm a Babar fan but c'mon man. You're clutching at straws here. The only two games Babar has truly won are number 6 and 9.
 
I'm a Babar fan but c'mon man. You're clutching at straws here. The only two games Babar has truly won are number 6 and 9.
That is probably because they're in the limelight or you probably haven't seen all of the innings that I mentioned.
 
After Babar, Wahab Riaz also sends defamation notice to Mubasher Lucman

Senior Team Manager National Team Wahab Riaz also sent a defamation notice to anchor Mubasher Luqman of Rs500 million after Babar Azam sent the notice over the match-fixing allegations and claims against the national team and several players

Mubashir Luqman had accused Wahab Riaz and his father of match-fixing and labeled Wahab Riaz's late father as a ‘bookie’ — one who booked the match before the start of the game.

Along with Babar Azam and Sayaa Corporation, Azhar Mehmood has also sent a legal notice to Mubasher Lucman.


 
Advice to Babar: Don't take a chance against a person with that last name.
 
So looks like same team will represent us even 2027. Nothing will change and our cricket will go further down.
 
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