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Mfarank

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Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« on: November 30, 2020, 08:05:23 AM »

How has nobody discussed this here yet? This is a massive signing on the part of GN. He is an all format captain for Pakistan and arguably one of the top 6 batsmen in the world in any format. this news broke out a couple of days ago and he will be in GN gear starting with the NZ series...
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2020, 08:10:43 AM »





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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2020, 09:16:11 AM »

Savvy move if it helps them pick up some of the Pakistani market, both in Pakistan and abroad. Similar to Bairstow signing up with TON, think we'll see a few more of these moves to expand the demographics of various companies.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2020, 09:23:10 AM »

Was told he was after a 100k a year plus. Need to sell a lot of gear for that

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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2020, 09:29:41 AM »

Was told he was after a 100k a year plus. Need to sell a lot of gear for that

There's a lot of cricket mad Pakistanis out there mind. Babar will also likely be playing a lot of high profile cricket going forward so it's not just restricted to Pakistan fans. Think it's generally accepted now that he's one of the top cross-format batsmen in world cricket.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2020, 10:16:53 AM »

GN have a photo of 4 bats in the process of being completed captioned Big week ahead they all have BA initialled on the face. So Im guessing theyre going to announce it this week.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2020, 10:53:36 AM »

Good signing and fantastic player

Nice to see a Pak international using GN, good memories of Mohammad Yousuf scoring thousands with his
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2020, 11:16:06 AM »

Very surprised to see that none of the big pak brands were able to land the Pak captain as his sponsor. A big loss for them no doubt. I guess the big Indian brands were out of the question given the political situation between India and Pak.
I am guessing he must have demanded a lot of money which they couldnt afford. Fair play to him for wanting to make hay while the sun shines!
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2020, 11:34:27 AM »

wow - big signing.

intrigued to see how GN propose to get their bats into the Pakistan market? or are they hoping for all the purchasing to be done outside of there?
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2020, 12:01:03 PM »

I'd be interested to know if English and Aus brands make any inroads into Pak and India and if it's worth it for them commercially?

English willow bats are a premium for many Pakistanis and Indians and many would get Kashmir or lower grade English Willow bats. That's before you even get into the many local brands and fakes...

Maybe it's not just about the two countries but more brand on tv with the top players... maybe someone on here has better insight? I've only seen a handful of players of Pakistani origin rock Gray Nics.. many go for Pak brands (buying on visits or from family members due to prices) or local English brands (I could be generalising here).
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2020, 12:06:15 PM »

Will his contract have a keeley clause? Or will GN edge stamp the keeleys
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2020, 12:11:22 PM »

They must make sale in that part of the world? Or at least capture the asian players market worldwide. Else why would they continue sponsoring the players?
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2020, 12:11:55 PM »

Not sure his only using Keeleys, his also known to have used SS Ton. And am sure he must have used many other brands too.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2020, 01:03:53 PM »

Class player and a good signing for any company, but with this amount of money being bandied about for a sponsorship deal no wonder Gray Nicholls grading is so piss poor compared to other brands - They must be trying to claw back as much money as possible on 5 grain LEs to offset their outgoings!!
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2020, 01:49:44 PM »

Dont think this is just to get more Pakistani buyers. Babar is in the fab four now, and having two of the top four (babar and Kane) is good visibility for the brand. This should help sales globally, not just from Pakistan.

As for the supposed 100k rate, that seems low compared to what other top players get?
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