Babar Azam refused 15 Crore Contract from ILt20

Babar Azam refused a bumper 15-crore contract from the International League T20 (ILT20) organizers. The talented Pakistani cricketer reportedly rejected the offer due to structuring problems. His compatriot Shaheen Shah Afridi is already in action at the ongoing ILT20 while Azam prefers to represent the Rangpur Riders at the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Let’s check out every vital detail about why one of Pakistan’s top players passed the chance to feature at the UAE-organized cricket spectacle.

How Much Did Babar Azam Refuse in Total?

Babar Azam refused the ILT20 contract worth about ₹ 15 crore (approximately US$500,000), opting for a BPL agreement instead. His move shocked cricket fans in mid-2023. Many fans commented that Azam will change his mind, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. He stuck with his decision and now plays in BPL games, since both tournaments run at the same time.

Why Did Babar Azam Reject the Bumper Deal from ILT20?

Sources claim that Babar Azam rejected the bumper ILT20 deal as he didn’t fancy the payment structure presented in its contract. His refusal to sign this contract opened doors for BPL officials to lure him with a deal to their cricket league.

Was Babar Azam’s Rejection of ILT20 Contract Related to PCB NOC Clearance?

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not to blame for Babar Azam’s rejection of the ILT20 contract. Pakistan’s governing body for cricket issued their No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to eligible players including Azam ahead of time.

Rangpur Riders Full BPL 2024 Squad

Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Azmatullah Omarzai, Nicholas Pooran, Shakib Al Hasan, Babar Azam, Ihsanullah, Matheesha Pathirana, Brandon King, Wanindu Hasaranga, Rony Talukdar, Ripon Mondol, Shamim Hossain, Hasan Murad, Ashikuzzaman, Abu Haider Rony, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Michael Ripon, Yasir Muhammad

BPL 2024 Schedule for Rangpur Riders

Jan 26, Fri

  • Khulna Tigers vs Rangpur Riders, 9th Match
  • Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
  • Match starts at Jan 26, 08:00 GMT
  • Durdanto Dhaka vs Rangpur Riders, 12th Match
  • Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet Match starts at Jan 27, 12:30 GMT

Jan 30, Tue

  • Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders, 15th Match
  • Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
  • Match starts at Jan 30, 07:30 GMT
  • Sylhet Strikers vs Rangpur Riders, 20th Match
  • Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
  • Match starts at Feb 03, 12:30 GMT

Feb 06, Tue

  • Durdanto Dhaka vs Rangpur Riders, 21st Match
  • Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
  • Match starts at Feb 06, 07:30 GMT

Feb 10, Sat

  • Chattogram Challengers vs Rangpur Riders, 27th Match
  • Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
  • Match starts at Feb 10, 07:30 GMT

Feb 13, Tue

  • Khulna Tigers vs Rangpur Riders, 30th Match
  • Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
  • Match starts at Feb 13, 12:30 GMT

Feb 16, Fri

  • Chattogram Challengers vs Rangpur Riders, 34th Match
  • Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
  • Match starts at Feb 16, 13:00 GMT

Feb 19, Mon

  • Fortune Barishal vs Rangpur Riders, 38th Match
  • Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
  • Match starts at Feb 19, 12:30 GMT

Feb 20, Tue

  • Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders, 40th Match
  • Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram Match starts at Feb 20, 12:30 GMT

Babar Azam Career Stats

Babar Azam Batting and Fielding Stats

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests52949389819645.85710554.892645323410
ODIs11711413572915856.72645588.7193252060500
T20Is10910314369812241.552864129.133339559440
FC8914914595026644.071068555.6123872735630
List A18117720864515855.06996286.7295081174770
T20s27426442973112243.837546128.9108110241791240

(stats are accurate as of January 24, 2024)

Babar Azam Bowling Stats

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests528904221/12/1212.845000
ODIs117
T20Is109
FC892881646671/12/166.53.42116.5000
List A18129633555122/202/2046.25.2652.7000
T20s2745788542/202/2021.26.5319.5000

(stats are accurate as of January 24, 2024)

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