|Full name||Mohammad Babar Azam|
|Born||15 October 1994|
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Role||Top order batsman|
|Relations||Kamran Akmal (cousin)|
Adnan Akmal (cousin)
Umar Akmal (cousin)
|Test debut (cap 222)||13 October 2016 v West Indies|
|Last Test||6 October 2017 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 203)||31 May 2015 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||19 January 2018 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||56 (previously was 31)|
|T20I debut (cap 70)||7 September 2016 v England|
|Last T20I||3 April 2018 v West Indies|
|T20I shirt no.||56|
|Domestic team information|
|2010–present||Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd|
|2016||Islamabad United (squad no. 31)|
|2017–Present||Karachi Kings (squad no. 56)|
|2017||Guyana Amazon Warriors (squad no. 56)|
|2017||Sylhet Sixers (squad no. 56)|
|5 wickets in innings||–||–||–||–|
|10 wickets in match||–||–||–||n/a|
|Source: Cricinfo, 3 April 2018|
Mohammad Babar Azam (born 15 October 1994) is an international Pakistani cricketer who plays in all three formats for Pakistan. He captained the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team at the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Azam jointly holds the record for the fastest batsman to reach 1000 ODI runs. He is regarded as one of the best batsman in world. He holds the record of scoring most runs after first 25 ODI Innings by any batsman in the world. He also holds the record of most runs after first 33 ODI innings and fastest to 7 centuries in ODIs which he achieved in his 33rd one day international match against Sri Lanka in 2017. He is currently ranked 5th in ODI and 1st in T20I batsmen rankings as of 22 April 2018.
In May 2015, Azam was included in the Pakistani ODI squad for home series against Zimbabwe. He made his ODI debut in the third ODI on 31 May and scored an impressive fifty scoring 54 runs off 60 balls. His impressive debut earned him a place in both Test and ODI squads selected for an away series against Sri Lanka. He couldn't get a chance in Test series. During the ODI series he could only score 37 runs in two matches that he played.
Azam was included in the squad for the away ODI series against Zimbabwe in September 2015 but was not given a chance to play in the series. Pakistan won the series 2–1.
In October, he was dropped from the Test squad without playing a Test. He was retained in the ODI squad for the home series against England. In the first ODI of the four match series he scored 62 not out with a strike rate of 100 which helped Pakistan win the match. He had scores of 4, 22 and 51 in next three matches respectively. He finished the series with 139 runs at an average of 46.33.
In January 2016, Pakistan toured New Zealand. In the first ODI match, Azam scored 62 runs off 76 balls. Pakistan lost the match by 70 runs. The second ODI match was abandoned due to heavy rain. In the third ODI, he scored a brilliant 83 off just 77 balls. Despite Pakistan losing the match and the series, Azam was much praised by cricket experts. He was the leading run scorer in the ODI series with 145 runs in 2 innings at an average of 72.50.
In the five-match ODI series against England in July, he batted in five games and only scored 122 runs. Besides the England series, Pakistan played two match ODI series against Ireland. Azam scored 29 runs in the first match with the other ODI abandoned due to rain. Pakistan won the series 1–0.
- Babar Azam at ESPNcricinfo
- Babar Azam interview with alrasub.com
- "Five consecutive tons in the UAE for Babar Azam"
|Pakistan 2017 ICC Champions Trophy (1st title)|
54. Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk) •
19. Ahmed Shehzad •
79. Azhar Ali •
56. Babar Azam •
41. Faheem Ashraf •
39. Fakhar Zaman •
32. Hasan Ali •
9. Imad Wasim •
83. Junaid Khan •
5. Mohammad Amir •
8. Mohammad Hafeez •
89. Haris Sohail •
29. Shadab Khan •
18. Shoaib Malik •
47. Wahab Riaz •
15. Rumman Raees