Domestic CareerIn the 2009/10 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, he took 69 wickets at 16.42. A national call-up didn't come about then, but the selectors couldn't look away when he took 93 first-class wickets in 13 games in the 2012/13 season, at an average of 17.04 The lack of top-class facilities, though, didn't diminish his hunger or ambition. Despite not breaking through to the national team earlier, Babar made sure his name was always in the reckoning by consistently being among the wickets He sealed his case when he took 6 for 22 in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013This staggering effort includes his exceptional performance in the 2009-10 Quaid-e-Azam tournament, in which he obtained 69 wickets at 16.42. He bettered that record by a mile picking up 93 scalps in just 13 games in the 2012/2013 season at an impressive average of 17.04. If that was not enough, in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013, Babar registered figures of 6-22, effectively appealing to the selectors.
T20I DebutBabar made his T20I debut on 27 July 2013, against West Indies, one of the oldest Pakistani players to do so, aged 34 years 229 days.Although Babar is Pakistan's second oldest T20 debutant after Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was 36 years 178 days, he is unfazed. He says,"I always leave such matters in the hands of Allah. Perhaps, it was my destiny to be playing for Pakistan at a time when people would be seriously considering other options in life."He picked up 3 for 23 and was the highest wicket-taker for his team in the game. He also scored an invaluable 13* off 17 balls, and hit a six of the last ball of the innings to guide his team to a 2-wicket victory. He also scored 11* off 6 balls in the next game and picked up 2 more wickets for 37. He was the highest wicket-taker in the series and was named Man of the Series in his debut series.
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