The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the names of the best players for the year 2021 and Mohammad Rizwan has won the award for the best T20 cricketer as well as the most valuable player.
The PCB announced the awards at a virtual event on its YouTube channel hosted by Roha Nadeem and Sikandar Bakht.
The nominees for the award and the winner were selected by an independent panel comprising former captains Rashid Latif, Marina Iqbal, Tariq Saeed, Mazhar Arshad, Muhammad Yaqub, Mohi Shah, Rizwan Ali, Shahid Hashmi, and Sohail Imran.
Muhammad Rizwan, who played the best game in all formats throughout the year, won the award for the most valuable cricketer of the year.
He scored 455 runs in 9 Test matches and 134 runs in 6 ODIs. However, he did his best in T20 cricket.
Rizwan scored 1,326 runs in 29 T20 International matches which is a world record and for this reason, he was also awarded the best player of T20.
Mohammad Rizwan said that he is proud to have won the award of Precious Cricketer and T20 Cricketer.
The ODI Cricketer of the Year award went to national team captain Babar Azam, who scored 405 runs in 6 ODIs.
He said in his statement that he is happy to win the award and always tries to meet the expectations of the fans.
Babar termed the over 150 innings against England as his favorite innings last year and said that there are ups and downs in cricket but I try to learn from mistakes.
National team fast bowler Hassan Ali was named Test Cricketer of the Year for taking 41 wickets in 9 Test matches.
He said it was a matter of pride to win the Test Cricketer of the Year award and taking 10 wickets against South Africa in the Rawalpindi Test was a memorable moment in Calendar Year 2021.
The award for the most impressive performance of the year 2021 was won by Shaheen Shah Afridi who was awarded the award for his superb bowling in the match against India.
Shaheen, who took three wickets for 31 runs against India, said, “I am very happy to win this award and I always come to the field thinking of a good performance for Pakistan.”
He said that this bowling spell of the T20 World Cup will always be memorable and in this bowling spell, Lokesh Rahul’s wicket was his favorite ball.
Nada Dar, the star female cricketer of the national team, bagged the Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.
Nada Dar scored 363 runs and took 6 wickets in 10 ODIs while he scored 95 runs in 6 T20 Internationals and also took 7 wickets.
Nada Dar also scored 146 runs in the Pakistan Women’s Cup while taking 14 wickets.
Nada Dar, while naming the award after her late father, said that it is a matter of great pride for her to win this award.
Young fast bowler Muhammad Wasim Jr. has been named Emerging Cricketer of the Year.
The fast bowler said that he was grateful to his friends and family for encouraging him in difficult situations.
He said that he would be grateful to Islamabad United for giving him the opportunity to showcase his talents in PSL and now he has targeted Pakistan’s representation in all three styles of cricket.
The spirit of the cricket award was given to the Pakistan cricket team who went to the dressing room of Namibia after winning the group match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Asif Yaqub won the Umpire of the Year award for the second time in a row.