Pakistan limited-overs captain Babar Azam is set to rejoin Somerset for Vitality Blast, the team announced in a media release. Babar Azam in currently in England leading his national team in three-T20I series. Azam made a huge impact during his time at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019.
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.
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.”
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 is rated as the number one T20 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.