Pakistan captain Babar awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Maroof awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz


Pakistan captain Babar Azam has acquired the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third-highest civilian honour in Pakistan. It was conferred onto him at a ceremony in Lahore on Pakistan Day, which is a nationwide vacation within the nation. Babar, 28, turns into the youngest particular person to ever obtain the honour, beating out one other cricketer, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Sarfaraz was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in Karachi in 2018, when he was 31. Former Pakistan girls’s captain, Bismah Maroof, in the meantime, has been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, the fourth-highest honour. Masood Jan, a former blind cricker for Pakistan, acquired a Delight of Efficiency Award.

The Pakistan authorities introduced final 12 months on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, that it will give Babar the award for his achievements within the subject of cricket. He joins quite a few former cricketers who got this award, with Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Misbah-ul-Haq additionally honoured on this manner.


Babar known as the award “an immense honour” dedicating it to “his mother and father, followers and the folks of Pakistan”. He was congratulated by a number of cricketers previous and current, together with Kamran Akmal, Ajmal, Shahnawaz Dahani, Saim Ayub and Mohammad Haris.

Since making his worldwide debut in 2015, Babar has gone on to develop into one of many most interesting cricketers of his era, and ranks among the many biggest batters in Pakistan’s historical past. His profession ODI common of 59.41 is the very best amongst gamers with at the least 2000 runs, and his 17 ODI a whole bunch already place him second within the all-time listing in Pakistan. He was part of the aspect that received the Champions Trophy in 2017, and after a rocky begin, has established himself as an elite Check batter.

His 3696 runs within the format embody 9 a whole bunch and a median of 48.63. He’s additionally the main run-scorer for Pakistan in T20Is with 3355 runs at a median of 41.41 and a strike price of 127.80, and has scored two of Pakistan’s 4 T20I a whole bunch. He was named captain of the ODI and T20I sides in 2020, earlier than taking on the Check captaincy in 2021. He was named the ICC Males’s Cricketer of 2022, in addition to the captain of the ODI Crew of that 12 months.

Maroof turns into the second feminine cricketer to obtain the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, following within the footsteps of Sana Mir. She stated she was “humbled and honoured”, particularly dedicating the award to her father who “stood by me by thick and skinny.” Maroof, 31, assumed the Pakistan captaincy in 2013, retaining it till 2020 earlier than she took a break from cricket to provide delivery to her daughter. She assumed the captaincy after returning, and led the aspect through the lately concluded T20 World Cup, earlier than stepping down earlier this month.


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