ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Babar Azam
Full name Mohammad Babar Azam
Born October 15, 1994, Lahore, Punjab
Current age 22 years 342 days
Major teams Pakistan, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Islamabad United, Pakistan A, Pakistan Under-15s, Pakistan Under-19s, Pakistan Under-23s, Rawalpindi Rams, Sui Southern Gas Corporation, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Pakistan v West Indies at Dubai (DSC), Oct 13-17, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, May 10-14, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 31, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 18, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Manchester, Sep 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v World-XI at Lahore, Sep 15, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||National Bank of Pakistan v Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited at Sialkot, Dec 10-13, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, May 10-14, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Pakistan Customs v Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited at Multan, Feb 10, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||India v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 18, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lahore Eagles v Hyderabad Hawks at Lahore, Dec 1, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Pakistan v World-XI at Lahore, Sep 15, 2017 scorecard|
A right-hand, top-order batsman known for his discipline and level-headed attitude, Babar Azam laid claim to a long-term spot in Pakistan's batting line-up with a strong performance in 2016, making three consecutive ODI hundreds against West Indies in the UAE, and a 90 in his third Test, in Hamilton. He was 22 years old at the time.
Born in Lahore and a first cousin to the Akmal brothers, Azam made his way up through age-group cricket. His journey began at an under-15 world championship in 2008 and he played two under-19 World Cups in 2010 and 2012, where he was Pakistan's top run-scorer.
"We didn't have to guide him, he was on his own, but we were supportive all the way," Kamran Akmal said. Azam had the distinction of top scoring regularly in age-group domestic cricket before he was called up to the national side in 2015 and made his debut during the home ODI series against Zimbabwe - a rarity because Azam's rise was during Pakistan's isolation as an international venue due to security concerns.
His hat-trick of ODI hundreds against West Indies led to a Test debut in the Test series that followed, and Azam had to opportunity to cement his spot as the careers of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq wound down.
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