Pakistan captain and classy Batsman Babar Azam on Thursday became the youngest cricketer to be honored with the country’s third-Highest Civilian Award Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar was honored with Sitara-e-Imtiaz by Governor Baligh Ur Rehman at a ceremony held at the Punjab Governor House as part of Pakistan Day celebrations.
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After receiving Award Babar become the youngest cricketer to be awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz at the age of 28 for his outstanding achievements in the field of cricket.
The star cricketer called it an “immense honour” to receive the award in the presence of his parents.
“This award is for my parents, fans and the people of Pakistan,” he tweeted.
Previously, Babar’s predecessor former captain Sarfraz Ahmed who led the Pakistan team to win the champions trophy in 2017 held the record as the youngest cricketer to be awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Remember that Babar Azam has already broken many batting records in different formats for Pakistan and he is currently in the Top 5 in ICC Rankings of all three formats.
In his captaincy, Pakistan defeated India in a World Cup for the first time in 2021 and he also led Pakistan to the final of the World Cup and Asia Cup in 2022.
Earlier Babar Azam was named for the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Award for a second consecutive year.
The star batter scored 679 runs from nine matches at an average of 84.87 with three centuries in 2022. Babar Azam was also honored with ICC captain of the ICC ODI Team of the year 2022.
Due to his outstanding performance in the ODI 50-over format and crossed the fifty-plus score eight times and converted three of those into centuries. Babar finished the year with a stunning average of 84.87.
“There were match-winning knocks, spell-binding stroke-play, and memorable moments from a personal perspective and his team in 2022 as Pakistan skipper Babar Azam claimed ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Award for a second consecutive year,” a statement released by the international cricket council.
“And it wasn’t just from an individual level that Babar thrived, with the Pakistan captain also leading his team with aplomb and to just one loss throughout the year,” it added.
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