Babar Azam Conferred With Sitara-e-Pakistan On Pakistan's 75th Independence Day

Published - 14 Aug 2022, 08:02 PM

Babar Azam
Babar Azam

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Sunday was conferred with Sitara-e-Pakistan, while women’s team captain Bismah Mahroof has been bestowed with Tamgha-e-Pakistan. 

As the country observes its 75th Independence Day on August 14, prominent cricketers were honoured with prestigious titles. 

Babar Azam, Bismah Maroof were conferred with awards on Independence Day

The Pakistan Cricket, the official Twitter handle of the PCB, congratulated the winners, including blind cricketer Masood Jan who earned the Pride of Performance award. 

PCB CONGRATULATES Masood Jan (blind cricketer), Pakistan men’s team captain Babar Azam and Pakistan women’s team captain Bismah Maroof at being conferred with civil awards on Pakistan’s 75th anniversary,” PCB tweeted. 

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy was also honoured with the Sitara-e-Pakistan award this year itself. 

Babar Azam’s prominence in World cricket

Babar is currently ranked No.1 in ICC Men’s ODI and T20I rankings and slotted at third place in Test rankings. He has impressed the fans with his elegant shots and is ready to take bold risks in crunch situations.

Babar Azam and Ramiz Raja
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja (right) with Pakistan national team skipper Babar Azam. Credits: Pakistan Cricket/Twitter

Pakistan has been progressing under the shrewd leadership of Babar and they are regarded as one of the strongest teams in all formats. 

Babar has shattered many great cricket records since his debut in 2015 and is yet to etch many more records in the coming years. He has amassed 10250 runs in 231 innings at 51.25 with 25 half-centuries and 68 fifties.

During the first Test against Sri Lanka, Babar became the fastest player from Asia to complete 10000 runs across all formats, leapfrogging Virat Kohli in the milestone.

Babar will lead Pakistan in the upcoming ODI series against the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

On the other hand, Bismah Maroof became the captain of Pakistan women’s team in October 2017. She leads the country’s charts as leading run-scorer in ODIs (2891) and T20Is (2388).

Maroof led Pakistan women’s team in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Pakistan lost their matches against India, Australia and Barbados. Maroof garnered attention during the Women’s World Cup 2022 for carrying her daughter Fatima along with her throughout the tournament.

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