Pakistan batsman Babar Azam will once again represent the Somerset County Cricket Club in this year’s T20 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 on 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 T20 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 fulfill 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.
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