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Azam available for Warwickshire meeting

30th July 2019, 14:50 by Bobbie Jackson

Babar Azam will be available to play for Somerset in their crunch clash with Warwickshire next month.

Somerset are fighting to win their first ever County Championship this season but must win their final four matches to stand a chance.

They did lead the Division 1 standings for the majority of the summer but recently dropped to second behind Essex.

The Taunton-based outfit face Essex on the final day of the campaign in what could be a winner takes all clash.

In the meantime, they need to keep building momentum and the announcement that Azam has been registered for the clash with Warwickshire on August 18 is great news.

Azam is the world number one T20 batsman and has agreed to turn out for Somerset despite the match coming in the middle of the T20 campaign.

Head coach Jason Kerr said: "You can only have two overseas players on the books at one time and, due to the regulations, there simply isn't the necessary time frame to re-register Azhar Ali (Somerset's overseas player for the championship).

"Fortunately for us, Babar Azam has agreed to play in our four-day game at Warwickshire, which falls right in the middle of the Vitality Blast. If he hadn't agreed, we would have been without an overseas player for that match.

"He's fitted in really well and we're all looking forward to seeing him play. Our philosophy is to build a home-grown side with the addition of world-class players and Babar Azam certainly fulfils that criteria.

"He's one of the game's rising stars and to have him in our side for that one-off game, and for him to be a part of our family for the Vitality Blast, can only bode well for us."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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