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New T20 signing. Babar Azam
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 13:08
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Somerset Sign Babar Azam

Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be able to announce that the ICC’s IT20 number one ranked batsman Babar Azam will be joining the Club for this year’s Vitality Blast, subject to the Club obtaining the appropriate visa/NOC clearance.

The 24-year-old Pakistan batsman made his International T20 debut against England in 2016. Since then he has gone on to feature in 29 matches in the format, scoring over 1180 runs at an average of 53.72 with a best of 97 not out and a strike rate of 127.78.

Babar Azam will be available for all 14 Vitality Blast group matches plus the quarter-final. His availability for Finals Day would be dependent on his international commitments with Pakistan.

Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “To be able to sign a player of the calibre of Babar Azam is tremendously exciting. He is a proven performer at the very highest level and that is highlighted by the fact that he is the top rated international T20 batsman in the world.

“Obviously, everyone wants to sign a world class performer, but we feel that continuity of selection is equally important. For us it is about securing the services of someone as talented as Babar Azam for more than just a handful of fixtures.”

After agreeing to join Somerset, Babar Azam said: “I am looking forward to the new challenge that playing T20 cricket in England will bring. I have heard good things about Somerset from Azhar Ali and I want to play a part in the Club winning matches. I know that Somerset get good support and I hope that I can give them something to cheer about this year.”

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/05/2019 13:13 by Mike TA1.

Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
mikeindex (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 13:39
That's a pretty impressive record.

Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
Grockle (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 13:44
Let's hope they've got this sorted early enough to get the man documented and on the field this year. Looks like what we might need up that front end. Interesting times and Ali gets a rest for CC1 part 2


Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
Wickham (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 14:41
As Tractor would say. “Come on my Babars”.

Monkey Butler
Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
Monkey Butler (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 15:21
I don't think many could complain about that signing. Probably the top of our list when looking for players.

Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
nelliec (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 16:40
Hopefully will stop us been consistently 50 for 3 at the end of most power plays last year

Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
cricketjerry-mouse (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 16:53
Babar Azam can`t be too bad at one-day cricket in general. No.1 in the world for T20, and no.7 for 50-overs.

Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
btry1 (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 18:16
great signing
no.1 in t20i rankings ahead of kohli, finch etc must mean he is very good
and for the whole thing

geordie moonraker
Re: New T20 signing. Babar Azam
geordie moonraker (IP Logged)
03 May, 2019 23:17
That seems like a very good piece of business.

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