Somerset have signed up the No.1 ranked T20I batsman in the world - Babar Azam for the upcoming T20 Blast season, starting from July 18. The 24-year-old right-hander is top of the International Cricket Council's T20 international batting rankings.
Subject to a visa and receiving clearance, Azam will be available for all 14 group matches plus a possible quarter-final should Somerset qualify. However, his availability for Finals Day would be dependent on his international commitments with Pakistan.
"I am looking forward to the new challenge that playing T20 cricket in England will bring," he said. "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," Babar said. The fastest man to 1,000 T20 international runs, Babar averages 53.72 in the format at a strike-rate of 127.