Babar Azam: Pakistan batsman to return to Somerset in September for T20 Blast

Babar Azam batting for Somerset in the 2019 T20 Blast
Babar Azam averaged 52.54 in the 2019 T20 Blast with a batting strike-rate of 149.35

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam will return to Somerset in September for the remainder of the T20 Blast.

The 25-year-old, who tops the batting rankings in international Twenty20 cricket, will be available between 2 September and 4 October.

Babar was the leading run-scorer in last year’s T20 Blast, making 578 runs in 13 innings with a top score of 102.

He originally agreed to return to Taunton in May, before the calendar was rescheduled amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Babar will be available for the final seven group matches and the knockout stages, should Somerset qualify.

“I really enjoyed playing for Somerset last year and I can’t wait to get back to the club,” Babar told the club’s website.external-link

Babar is captaining Pakistan in their three-match T20 series against England, with the opening match at Emirates Old Trafford washed out on Friday.

He scored 195 runs at an average of 32.5 as Pakistan were beaten 1-0 in the three-Test series that finished on Monday.

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