One of the biggest stars in world cricket will be returning to Somerset next season.
Babar Azam made a huge impact during his time at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019 and Somerset Members and supporters will have the opportunity to see him again in 2020, subject to the Club obtaining the relevant visa and a No Objection Certificate from Pakistan Cricket.
The 25-year-old was the leading run scorer in the 2019 Vitality Blast, amassing an incredible 578 runs at an average of 52.54. He struck a sublime 102 not out at the Ageas Bowl and boasted an impressive tournament strike rate of 149.35.
His prowess with the bat saw him score one century and four half centuries from his 13 innings. He also struck 60 fours and 14 sixes during the competition.
He is rated as the number one IT20 batsman in the world by the ICC and his impressive performances throughout the summer saw him named as Pakistan’s IT20 Captain.
Babar Azam will be available for selection for the Vitality Blast between May 28th and July 3rd. He will also be eligible for Somerset’s County Championship matches during that time.
Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Babar Azam is the best IT20 batsman in the world and his return will be a major boost for us. He played a significant role for us in the Vitality Blast last year and his stats speak for themselves.
“He made a number of match winning contributions and he fitted seamlessly into the dressing room. You can’t ask more from your overseas players than that.
“His batting is so easy on the eye and he is so hungry to evolve his game. He will add significant value to the team, both with his batting and leadership.”
“He was extremely popular with our Members and supporters but also with our playing squad. He is a truly world class talent and we look forward to working with him again in 2020 in both the Vitality Blast and the County Championship.”
Babar Azam said: “I really enjoyed my time at Somerset, and I look forward to coming back next year. Somerset has a very good squad and the supporters made me feel very welcome. Hopefully I can help the Club reach the knock-out stages of the Vitality Blast and contribute to winning matches in the County Championship.”
Specsavers County Championship Division One 2019
Vitality Blast 2019