The skipper of the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team, Babar Azam, Wicket Keeper and Batsman Muhammad Rizwan, and an all-rounder of the women’s Cricket Team, Nida Dar, are listed as the nominees of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) award, for best players of the year, ICC shared the news on Thursday.
According to the ICC, the skipper Babar Azam is nominated as ICC’s best player of the year in One Day International (ODI) matches.
However, throughout the year Babar Azam played nine ODIs matches and secured 679 runs.
Babar Azam, the 28-year-old registered eight scores of more than fifty, three of which he converted into hundreds. He finished the year with 679 runs at a stunning average of 84.87, said ICC.
Hence, it was a memorable year for Babar as captain of the Pakistan ODI team, winning three series out of three. Pakistan was unstoppable in the ODI format, losing just one match (against Australia) out of nine.
Hence, Muhammad Rizwan and Nida Dar nominated in the category of the best players in T20Is.
As ICC said Rizwan, collect 996 runs, 9catches, and 3stumping in 25 matches.
The wicket-keeper batter amassed 996 runs in the year, continuing on his record-breaking year in T20Is in 2021.
As per ICC collections, Rizwan hit 10 half-centuries in the year in T20Is and finished with 175 runs in the T20 World Cup, the joint-most by a Pakistan batter. Averaging 45.27 in T20Is in 2022, Rizwan enhanced his reputation as a high-quality anchor at the top of Pakistan’s batting line-up.
Nida Dar an all-rounder of the women’s Cricket team proved that women are side by side with men, ICC nominated her name in the list of best players of the year in T20Is.
Regards to her performance the council said, “Dar collected 396 runs in 16 T20I matches at an average of 56.57, and 15 wickets.
“The first and the only Pakistan bowler to have claimed 100 T20I wickets,” said ICC, and currently, the second-highest wicket-taker in Women’s T20Is, all-rounder Nida Dar impressed more with the bat this year, further stated the council.
According to ICC, “She struck three fifty-plus scores this year: an unbeaten fifty at the Commonwealth Games, similar exploits against India at the Asia Cup, and a well-made 61 at home against Ireland in November.”
However, the council applauded the performance of Dar and said she was exceptional in the Asia Cup, in which she amassed 145 runs in six matches, at a superb average of 72.50, and also claimed eight wickets at a meager 14.87 runs apiece.
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