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ICC Awards The Year 2021 Was Incredible For Pakistan Cricket

by Asif Ali

Pakistan is a cricket-loving nation and people play cricket in the streets of Pakistan. Pakistan has produced a lot of great cricketers like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Sarfraz Nawaz, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Akran, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, and many more.

The Pakistani nation was deprived of cricket at the home ground because of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Since then international cricket was ban in Pakistan.

But then in 2016, Pakistan started its own cricket league (PSL) and also tried its best to invite the international teams to play cricket in Pakistan. They revived their cricket and as a result, the year 2021 proved to be the best year for Pakistan cricket at least in the past 20 years.

Though Pakistan failed to win reach the Final of the T20 World Cup 2021, the performance of all the Pakistani players was top notch throughout the year. Now the Sports News from Pakistan are very good and the whole nation is happy.

They performed exceptionally well in the T20 World Cup in all the departments of cricket. Not only in the world tournament but they played professionally against different teams in their home series and away series.

As a result, they got the reward for their hard work and dedication.

ICC Awards of the year

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Rashid Nawaz who is a news reporter at Dunya News Urdu told us that Pakistan has won various ICC awards for the year 2021.

Rashid further provided details and mentioned the awards which are as follows:

  • ICC T20 Cricketer of the Year: This award was won by Pakistan’s opening batsman and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan. He is a young player and he made the most runs in a calendar year in T20 international cricket in the year 2021. Rizwan was also a star performer against the opening match of Pakistan in the T20 World Cup against India.
  • ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year: Pakistan’s captain and young batsman Babar Azam won this award for the best cricketer of the year in one-day international cricket. This young batsman has the second-highest average runs scoring in ODI cricket while in 2021; he was the highest runs scorer in any T20 World Cup. In the World Cup Babar made a 152 runs opening stand with Rizwan to defeat India in the World Cup for the first time ever in history.
  • ICC Cricketer of the Year: Again, you need to remember Pakistan vs India match in T20 World Cup 2021. India’s top batsman was clueless against Shaheen Shah Afridi’s in-swinging ball and got LBW on the very first ball. Yes, I am talking about Rohit Sharma of India. Shaheen Afridi won the ICC Award for the cricketer of the year.
  • ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Pakistan’s women’s cricket team is not that much strong as the men’s team is. But the good news is that a female cricketer also won the ICC award from Pakistan. Fatima Sana won the ICC women’s emerging cricketer of the year award in 2021. She will be a great inspiration for the young girls in Pakistan to come forward and represent their country worldwide.

ICC Teams of the Year

The success story of Pakistan cricket in 2021 doesn’t end here. Pakistani players got 8 places in the ICC teams of the year for ODI, T20, and Test matches. Babar Azam was named as captain for the ICC ODI team of the year and the ICC T20 team of the year.

Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman were selected in the ICC ODI team of the year. Whereas Babar, Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi got selected in the ICC T20 team of the year. If we talk about the ICC test team of the year, then there are 3 players in that team from Pakistan. These 3 players are Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

In ICC players rankings, at the moment Babar Azam is in 1st place in One Day International, while he joins the 1st position with Dawid Malan of England in T20 International cricket.

Teams Visiting Pakistan in 2022

We all know that the big teams cancel their tour to Pakistan in 2021. But now according to The News Times, the England cricket team is going to visit Pakistan at the end of the year 2022.

Australia also canceled their tour just before the World Cup 2021, but now they will tour Pakistan in March. It will be the first tour of Australia to Pakistan after 1998.

New Zealand also re-scheduled its tour to Pakistan in 2022. So overall, Pakistan’s cricket is at its best after a long time.