Babar Azam declared ICC Men’s T20 Team of the Year captain. The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed on Wednesday the names of the XI players who constitute the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year, with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam as the captain of the squad.
Babar Azam declared ICC Men’s T20 Team of the Year captain
Pakistan’s star players, wicket keeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan and bowling sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi, also made it to the team.
In a statement issued for the announcement of Men’s T20I Team of the Year, the ICC said that it is to recognise 11 outstanding individuals who have impressed one and all, “be it with the bat, the ball or their all-round exploits in a calendar year.”
Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi among XI for ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year.Other players include Jos Buttler of England, Mitchell Marsh of Australia, David Miller of South Africa.ICC says it recognises 11 outstanding individuals who have impressed one and all.Here is a look at the players who made the cut from Pakistan. PSL 7 Karachi Kings Squad 2022 List
ICC Men’s T20 Team of the Year
The Pakistan skipper was at his classy best in the shortest format in 2021, leaving his best at the T20 World Cup where he ended the tournament as the leading run-scorer.
Overall, Babar played 29 matches and aggregated 939 runs at an average of 37.56 with one century and nine half-centuries. His captaincy was also praised as he led his team to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
The Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter ruled the roost in 2021 when it came to the shortest format of the game. Aggregating a staggering 1,326 runs in only 29 matches, Rizwan struck at an average of 73.66 and a strike-rate of 134.89.
Apart from his exploits with the bat, he was as solid as ever behind the stumps, playing a key role in Pakistan’s run to the semis during the ICC Men’s T20 Team of the Year World Cup 2021, where he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer.
It was a year to remember for Shaheen Afridi, especially in the shortest form of the game. Extracting brilliant movement with the new ball and reversing it with the old, Afridi picked up 23 wickets in 21 matches at an average of 26.04 and an economy of 7.86.
Still only 21, Shaheen will likely lead the Pakistan pace bowling unit for years to come and with already rapid improvements in his bowling, he will undoubtedly prove to be a fearsome prospect.
The others include Jos Buttler of England, Aiden Markram of South Africa, Mitchell Marsh of Australia, David Miller of South Africa, Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka, Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa, Josh Hazlewood of Australia, and Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh.
There was no Indian in the Men’s T20I team of the Year for 2021 announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday, January 19. Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been named as the skipper of the curated team 3 players from the Pakistan team that reached the semi-final of the T20 World Cup last year.
Babar Azam along with Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi led the show as Pakistan players dominated the ICC T20I Men’s Team of the Year for 2021. Rizwan has been picked as the opener after the Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter had a dream run in 2021, hitting a record-breaking tally of 1326 runs in T20Is in 29 matches. Babar was a distant second on the run-scorers list in 2021 with 939 runs.
India opener Rohit Sharma who hit 424 runs in 2021 was not picked as Jos Buttler was preferred over the newly-appointed India T20I captain for the opener’s role.
South Africa’s Aiden Markram finds a spot at No. 4 while Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who shone in the T20 World Cup, gets picked as the all-rounder.
South Africa have 2 more players in David Miller and World No. 1 T20I spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the Team of the Year while Sri Lanka’s Wanidu Hasaranga also finds a place.
Shaheen along with Mustafizur Rahman and Josh Hazlewood will take care of the pace-bowling unit. Hazlewood was Australia’s star at the T20 World Cup while Shaheen was impressive throughout the calendar year.
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