Babar Azam becomes the youngest person to receive this award at the age of 28
Pakistan's all-format captain, Babar Azam, has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the country's third-highest civilian award, for his outstanding contributions in the field of cricket.
The award ceremony was held today in Lahore, where Babar became the youngest person to receive the award at the age of 28.
Babar Azam's exceptional skills and leadership qualities have earned him many accolades in the past, including the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Men's Cricketer of 2022, the ICC ODI Player of the Year award, and named skipper of the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
The right-hand batsman also joins the list of esteemed Pakistan cricketers such as Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, and Shahid Afridi who have also received the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for their outstanding contributions to the sport.
Immense honour to have received Sitara-e-Imtiaz in the presence of my mother and father.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 23, 2023
This award is for my parents, fans and the people of 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/Gafwlu3rUC
Babar's break from cricket to attend the ceremony will not affect the upcoming series against Afghanistan, which is scheduled to start on March 24.
Cricket fraternity congratulated Babar on this massive achievement at such a young age.
Heartiest congratulations to @babarazam258 on being conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz… well deserved for his superb batting and leading Pakistan 🇵🇰 into the T20 World Cup final. My salute to all other award recipients … keep serving Pakistan and fly our flag higher and higher.— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) March 23, 2023
A very warm congratulations to @JK555squash for receiving the Nishan e Imtiaz & @babarazam258 the Sitara e Imtiaz. These are well-deserved accolades of prestige that have been gained from hard work, resilience, & excellence in your respective fields. Soar high, heroes of 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/7vXmKvr6TD— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 23, 2023
Just one of the many great things babar bhai has achieved. Congratulations on your Sitara e Imtiaz award♥️— Muhammad Haris (@iamharis63) March 23, 2023