Two Pakistani players nominated for ICC Player of the Year
The two Pakistani players were outstanding throughout the year.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi along with England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson have been nominated for Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Player of the Year.
The Pakistani left arm pacer has been nominated for his 76 wickets in 36 international matches, which includes 47 in Tests, 23 in T20Is and 8 in ODIs. He was Pakistan’s best bowler in the ICC T20 world cup, contributing massively with his bowling.
His 3/31 against India was chosen as the best spell of the tournament, helping Pakistan register its first win over India in world cup.
On the other hand, wicket keeper batter Muhammad Rizwan was outstanding in tests and T20 internationals as he scored 1915 runs in 44 internationals at an average of 56.32 with 2 centuries. The Pakistan wicket keeper batter was consistent throughout the year. Rizwan scored 455 runs in 9 matches at an average of 45.50 in test cricket. Furthermore, he also contributed massively behind the stumps as well, bagging 56 dismissals.
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They both were excellent with Babar Azam as third best player. However, despite Shaneen Afridi,s great performance I will give Rizwan no1 player of the year as he alone took Pakistan team to top performing team in all forms of cricket.