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  1. #1
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    Somerset sign-up Babar Azam for the 2019 Vitality Blast competition

    Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be able to announce that the ICC’s IT20 number one ranked batsman Babar Azam will be joining the Club for this year’s Vitality Blast, subject to the Club obtaining the appropriate visa/NOC clearance.

    The 24-year-old Pakistan batsman made his International T20 debut against England in 2016. Since then he has gone on to feature in 29 matches in the format, scoring over 1180 runs at an average of 53.72 with a best of 97 not out and a strike rate of 127.78.

    Babar Azam will be available for all 14 Vitality Blast group matches plus the quarter-final. His availability for Finals Day would be dependent on his international commitments with Pakistan.

    Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “To be able to sign a player of the calibre of Babar Azam is tremendously exciting. He is a proven performer at the very highest level and that is highlighted by the fact that he is the top rated international T20 batsman in the world.

    “Obviously, everyone wants to sign a world class performer, but we feel that continuity of selection is equally important. For us it is about securing the services of someone as talented as Babar Azam for more than just a handful of fixtures.”

    After agreeing to join Somerset, Babar Azam said: “I am looking forward to the new challenge that playing T20 cricket in England will bring. I have heard good things about Somerset from Azhar Ali and I want to play a part in the Club winning matches. I know that Somerset get good support and I hope that I can give them something to cheer about this year.”

    https://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk/n...gn-babar-azam/
    Last edited by MenInG; 3rd May 2019 at 17:35.


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    Great News, Will help him immensely, some county should also signup Fakhar.

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    Good news. This is an added bonus of performing in England - the counties will jeep an eye out for you.

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    Big signing, best T20 batsman in the world!

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    As Pakistani players are now allowed only 2 overseas T20 leagues (If the rule is still intact) looks like Babar has used it wisely with Vitality Blast and European T20 league.

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    This is bit confusing, Blast will clash with Euro T20 Slam and Babar is Marquee player over there.

    Not sure how he can play all group games and QF when he's already signed up for Euro Slam?


    Meri Barbaadiyan Durust Magar...
    Too Bata Kya Tujhe Sawaab Mila...

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    Will be a good chance for him to accumulate with the bat and improve his english.

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    Good signing, Somerset will be very pleased.

    With Essex and Somerset being in the same group, and Babar and Amir opening the batting and bowling for their respective teams, there is high chance they will face each other in a thrilling contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UN talkz View Post
    This is bit confusing, Blast will clash with Euro T20 Slam and Babar is Marquee player over there.

    Not sure how he can play all group games and QF when he's already signed up for Euro Slam?
    Looks like he'll miss the first group game of the Euro T20 Slam, miss another game if Somerset get to the quarter finals and miss the T20 Slam knockouts (if his team make it) if Somerset get to finals day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Looks like he'll miss the first group game of the Euro T20 Slam, miss another game if Somerset get to the quarter finals and miss the T20 Slam knockouts (if his team make it) if Somerset get to finals day.
    He will ultimately play both, but might miss a large chunk of games in the Euro Slam, quarter finals go upto 7th of September with finals day on 21st September.

    Anyways,looks like a packed cricket season ahead for Babar ahead, with very little rest in between.


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    Euro Slam? SOunds like a WWE event. What is this league?

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    Great stuff.
    Excited for Babar.

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    Good signing.

    And some good money for Babar.



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    Good news for Babar . I wish he was playing 1st class cricket. That would improve him more.

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    Great signing. Might go and watch a Blast game.

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    Good luck.

    Happy for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by princeuk View Post
    Euro Slam? SOunds like a WWE event. What is this league?
    6 team league jointly owned and Co hosted by Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands.

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    Great news.
    This is expacted when you're no.1 t20 batsman. Next signing will be Big bash.


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