Good news for Pakistani fans of Skipper Babar Azam
Babar Azam, the esteemed captain of Pakistan's cricket team, is set to make a significant move in his career as he joins the Rangpur Riders squad for the forthcoming ninth season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Renowned globally for his batting prowess, Babar Azam has inked a direct contract with the former champions of the BPL. This decision raised intrigue among cricket enthusiasts as Babar had received an alluring offer from the UAE's ILT20, adding an element of uncertainty regarding his BPL destination.
The suspense surrounding Babar Azam's BPL team finally ended after the conclusion of the Bangladesh-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup. It was officially confirmed that he would be wearing the Rangpur jersey. What made this revelation even more intriguing was Rangpur Riders' deliberate decision to keep the announcement low-key, creating a sense of mystery around Babar's inclusion in the team.
Rangpur Riders themselves stoked the excitement by posting on Facebook, teasing their fans with hints about their new signing.
The post included an image titled 'Guess the rider,' with clues like his ODI debut year in 2015, being the first player to score over 5000 runs in his initial 100 ODI innings, and currently leading the world's top-ranked ODI team. All these hints collectively pointed to the inclusion of Babar Azam, and fans quickly decoded the riddle.
In addition to securing the services of Babar Azam, Rangpur Riders have bolstered their lineup with Pakistan pacer Ihsanullah and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan. This strategic move aims to strengthen their squad for the upcoming BPL season. Moreover, the team has retained key players like Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, and Hasan Mahmud, solidifying their position as formidable contenders in the tournament