Pakistan star batsman Babar Azam will return to Somerset this summer for a spell within the T20 Blast and County Championship.
The 25-year-old, ranked the number one international batsman in T20 cricket, is going to be available for 5 weeks between May 28 & July 3.
He also will be eligible for Somerset County Championship 4 day-matches during that time and is probably going to play a minimum of 2 first-class matches before joining
The Pakistan Cricket Team for the 3 Test series against England.
Pakistan is playing at Lord’s from July 30, at Old Trafford from August 7 and at Trent Bridge from August 20.
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Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said:
“Babar Azam is the best T20 batsman in the world and his return will be a major boost for us.
“Babar Azam played a significant role for us in the Vitality Blast last year and his stats speak for themselves.
“He is a truly world-class talent and we look forward to working with him again in 2020.”
“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,” he added.
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.
He added hopefully, I can help the Club reach the knock-out stages of the Vitality Blast and contribute to winning matches in the County Championship.”
Babar Azam made a huge impact during his time with Somerset last year when he was the lead scoreboard in Vitality Blast.
Amassing a fantastic 578 runs at an average of 52.54 and a strike rate of 149.35.
His prowess with the bat saw him score a century and 4 fifties from 13 innings.
He also struck 60 fours and huge 14 sixes during the competition.