Babar Azam penned down an emotional note after his stint with the Rangpur Riders in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2024 came to an end. The 29-year-old joined them after playing in the 5-match T20I series against New Zealand and turned out to be an asset for the Riders.
Babar and the other Pakistani cricketers were allowed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) until February 6.
Babar, who will now represent Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024, expressed gratitude to the Riders and backed them to win the title.
“Dear Rangpur Riders Family,
To the champions, I’ve had an incredible time with each one of you. My heart is full of gratitude for the love, support, guidance, and care you’ve all shown. A sincere thank you to the whole team. The selfless teamwork displayed throughout this tournament has truly made a difference.
I’m also deeply thankful to the coaching staff for everything. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Let’s keep our focus and bring the cup home, brothers. I’m wishing you all the best. I’m confident our paths will cross again in the future.
With all my love and respect.”
How did Babar Azam perform in BPL 2024?
When Babar played his last game, he was the leading run-scorer of the BPL 2024. In 6 matches, the Lahore-born batter scored 251 runs at an average of 50.20 and a strike-rate of 114.61 with 2 half-centuries and a top score of 62 against Durdanto Dhaka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Apart from his odd failure against Khulna Tigers when he scored 2 runs, Babar got scores of 56 not out, 62, 37, 47 and 47 in the other 5 matches.
Babar is also on the threshold of becoming the 13th batter to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. The right-handed batter will have a chance to achieve the feat in the PSL as he is only 74 runs away from the landmark.
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