Babar Is Back!

The news that all Somerset supporters have been hoping for has been confirmed today.

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam will once again represent the Club in this year’s Vitality Blast.

The 25-year-old was a sensation for Somerset in 2019, scoring more runs than anyone else in the competition (578) at an impressive average of 52.54.

He will be re-joining Somerset from September 2nd to October 4th and will therefore be available for the last seven group matches plus the knock-out stages, should Somerset qualify.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “We originally agreed terms and announced Babar’s signing prior to the impact of Covid-19. However, since then there have obviously been revisions to the domestic and Vitality Blast schedules. Since the confirmation of the 2020 fixtures we have been working collaboratively with the ECB, PCB, Babar and his management team to ensure that we could all make the necessary adjustments that would enable him to join us to fulfil the pre-existing agreement. .

“Babar already being in England for the Test & IT20 series against England has helped us significantly and we are very grateful to Babar and his management team for their understanding of the current challenges and their flexibility.

“He is a great player, is so easy on the eye and fitted brilliantly into our environment last year. We consider Babar to be one of our own and our Members and supporters will I am sure be really looking forward to seeing him perform for Somerset again via our Live Stream service or if it is permissible, here at the Cooper Associates County Ground.”

After agreeing to return to Somerset, Babar Azam said: “I really enjoyed playing for Somerset last year and I can’t wait to get back to the Club. For obvious reasons, this year has been very different from what we were all expecting, and I fully appreciate the challenges the game has faced globally as well as here in England.

“We have all had to adapt and I’m just really pleased that we could find a way to make this happen. I hope that I can help to contribute to success on the field for Somerset again.”

As well as his outstanding performances with the bat in 2019, Babar Azam also played his part off the field and was one of a number of Somerset players who lent their support to the Super 1s initiative for disability cricket.

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