TAUNTON: Pakistan star batsman Babar Azam will rejoin Somerset for this 12 months’s home Twenty20 Blast, the English county introduced on Saturday.
Babar, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, was the main run-scorer within the 2019 version.
Babar, at present captaining Pakistan of their T20 collection in England after that includes in all three Exams earlier within the tour, had agreed to return to southwest membership Somerset earlier than the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic upended cricket schedules around the globe.
However whereas Covid-19 has seen a number of counties cancel offers with abroad gamers, Babar shall be again at Somerset’s Taunton base on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old is ready to be accessible for Somerset’s remaining seven group matches plus the knockout phases ought to they qualify.
“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,” Babar stated in a Somerset assertion. “We have all had to adapt and I’m just really pleased that we could find a way to make this happen. I hope that I can help to contribute to success on the field for Somerset again.”
In his first season with Somerset, Babar compiled 578 runs at a formidable common of 52.54 and an astounding strike-rate of 149.35.
“He is a great player, is so easy on the eye and fitted brilliantly into our environment last year,” stated Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry. “We consider Babar to be one of our own.”
Printed in Daybreak, August 30th, 2020