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Babar Azam joins Somerset for 2019 Vitality Blast
Vitality Blast

Babar Azam joins Somerset for 2019 Vitality Blast

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam will join Somerset for the majority of this year’s Vitality Blast campaign.

The 24-year-old currently sits at the top of the ICC Rankings for T20 batsmen.

Babar Azam will be available for all 14 Vitality Blast group matches and the quarter-final, though his availability for finals would be dependent on his international commitments with Pakistan.

Azam, who recently struck his maiden T20 hundred in a tour match against Leicestershire, has scored 1182 runs at an average of 53.72 in 29 T20Is.

"To be able to sign a player of the calibre of Babar Azam is tremendously exciting," Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry told the club website.

"He is a proven performer at the very highest level."

The T20 Blast starts on July 18.