Pakistan Cricket Team’s captain Babar Azam will finally receive his Sitara-e-Imtiaz during the 23rd March celebrations.

The Government of Pakistan had already announced a list of 253 personalities on 14 August who had been conferred awards which included Azam’s name but the recipients had to wait until March 23rd this year to receive their medals.

Babar Azam also became the youngest recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his services to cricket in Pakistan. The 28-year-old is mentioned in the same breath as some of the best cricketers currently applying their trade across the world.

Azam, in a very short span, has risen to the top of batting rankings in all three formats while earning numerous accolades for himself and his nation.

The batter also leads the Pakistan Cricket Team in all three formats of the game.

He joins a prestigious list of cricketers who have also been conferred the third-highest civilian award from the government of Pakistan.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf, Saeed Ajmal, Javed Miandad and Inzamam ul Haq have all been previously awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for their contributions to the game.

Babar will officially be presented with the honour during the 23rd March celebrations at President’s House.

He will be present for the ceremony after being rested for the Afghanistan series.