The Pakistani government conferred Babar with the honour, which made the right-hand batter the youngest Pakistani to receive the award. Also, Azam became the fourth Pakistani cricketer after Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, and Shahid Afridi to receive this honour.
Babar attended the felicitation ceremony with his parents and even posted a photo of the same on Twitter. Here is the video of his felicitation ceremony.
Babar posted a tweet where he can be seen posing with his parents and his father with the medal in one of the photos.
“Immense honour to have received Sitara-e-Imtiaz in the presence of my mother and father. This award is for my parents, fans and the people of Pakistan.”
The award is presented to the people of Pakistan who have done excellent work in their respective fields. Besides Babar, former women’s team captain Bismah Marood got awarded ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’, while blind cricketer Masood Jan received the pride of performance award for his contribution.
Babar has played 47 Tests, 95 ODIs, and 99 T20Is for Pakistan and took the team to two finals (Asia Cup and T20 World Cup) last year.