Rizwan adjudged Most Valuable Cricketer of 2021
The winners of the PCB Awards 2021 were announced in a virtual digital show hosted by Roha Nadeem and Sikander Bakht and broadcast live on the PCB YouTube Channel. The independent panel that chose the winners included Rashid Latif, Marina Iqbal (former international cricketers), Tariq Saeed (broadcaster), Mazher Arshad (statistician), Majid Bhatti, Mohammad Yaqoob, Mohi Shah, Rizwan Ali, Shahid Has (all journalists)
The media release in Urdu can be seen here; the shortlists can be found here; and the official hashtag is #PCBAwards.
Following a fantastic 2021 season in which he scored 455 Test, 134 ODI, and 1,326 T20I runs while also accounting for 56 batsmen behind the wickets across all formats, Mohammad Rizwan has been named the PCB’s Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year.
Rizwan knocked out Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, and Shaheen Shah Afridi for the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year title. They all had a great and outstanding year, which is reflected in Pakistan’s overall achievement in 2021.
Rizwan was also named T20I Cricketer of the Year by an independent panel*, in addition to the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year award.
“I am humbled and thrilled to have been named Pakistan’s Most Valuable Cricketer of 2021,” Mohammad Rizwan said. This is the PCB’s most prestigious honour, and to be recognised in this way for my efforts to the team’s outstanding results across all formats in 2021 brings me great joy and satisfaction.
“In the shortest format of the game, I thought I had an incredible year when I was able to smash a century early in the year against South Africa and then carry that confidence and energy for the rest of the year.” I provide a lot of advice.
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s three for 31 against India on 24 October in Dubai in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 won him the Impactful Performance of the Year award. This performance changed the outlook of the side as it not only defeated India by 10 wickets but remained unbeaten in the league matches until they lost a heart-breaking match to Australia in the semi-final. Subsequent to the T20 World Cup, Pakistan remained unbeaten in Bangladesh as well as in the home T20I series against the West Indies.
Hasan Ali was named Test Cricketer of the Year after taking 41 wickets in nine Tests, including a 10-wicket haul and five five-wicket hauls, as well as two player of the match and one player of the series accolades.
Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-round skipper, won the ODI Cricketer of the Year title after scoring 405 runs in six ODIs, including two centuries and a half-century.
“Test cricket is the pinnacle format of the game, and being named Test Cricketer of the Year is a gratifying occasion for me,” Hasan Ali said. After missing international cricket in 2020 due to injury, last year was a bit of a comeback year for me. I was not only able to make a successful return to foreign work, but I was also able to do so in a timely manner.
Shaheen Shah Afridi: “I am extremely happy that my performance against our traditional rivals in a global event has been chosen as the Impactful Performance of the Year. For the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the team wanted an aggressive, fearless and convincing start to set the tone for the rest of the event and I am delighted that I was able to provide exactly that.”
Mohammad Wasim Junior bagged the Emerging Cricketer of the Year for his 45 wickets in 2021, including 15 wickets in his first year of international cricket, while Nida Dar was named as the Women’s Cricketer of the Year after aggregating 604 runs and taking 25 wickets.
After scoring 487 runs in the Pakistan Cup, 447 runs in the National T20, and 935 runs in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Sahibzada Farhan was named Domestic Cricketer of the Year.
Asif Yaqoob was named Umpire of the Year for the second year in a row by PCB’s premier match officials.
Following their 45-run victory, the Pakistan cricket team paid a visit to Namibia’s dressing room to congratulate and thank them for qualifying for their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and reaching the Super-12 stage, earning them the Spirit of Cricket award.
“On behalf of the PCB, I wish to congratulate each award winner,” said PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. They are deserving of all the praise and acclaim for their unwavering consistency in all formats during difficult circumstances.
PCB Awards 2021 winners:
Impactful performance of the year – Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-31 v Ind, T20 World Cup)
Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Mohammad Wasim Jnr (15 international wickets, seven Pakistan Cup wickets, 12 HBL PSL 2021 wickets, five National T20 wickets and six Quaid-e-Azam Trophy wickets)
ODI Cricketer of the Year – Babar Azam (6 ODIs, 405 runs)
Women’s Cricketer of the Year – Nida Dar (10 ODIs, 363 runs and 6 wickets; 6 T20Is, 95 runs and 5 wickets; 146 runs and 14 wickets in Pakistan Women’s Cup)
Test Cricketer of the Year – Hasan Ali (9 Tests, 41 wickets, 5 five-fors, 1 10-for, best match figures 10-114)
T20I Cricketer of the Year – M Rizwan (29 T20Is, 1,326 runs)
Spirit of Cricket – Pakistan cricket team’s visit to the Namibia cricket team’s dressing room following their 45 runs victory to congratulate the Namibia side for qualifying for their maiden ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and then progressing to the Super-12 Stage
Umpire of the Year – Asif Yaqoob (selected by the PCB’s elite match officials)
Domestic Cricketer of the Year – Sahibzada Farhan (1,869 runs in Pakistan Cup, National T20 and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy)
Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year – M Rizwan (9 Tests, 455 runs; 6 ODIs, 134 runs; 29 T20Is, 1,326 runs; total dismissal 56)
*INDEPENDENT PANEL – Rashid Latif (chair, former Pakistan captain), Marina Iqbal (former international cricketer and broadcaster), Tariq Saeed (broadcaster), Mazher Arshad (statistician), Majid Bhatti (journalist – Jang), Mohammad Yaqoob (journalist – Dawn), Mohi Shah (journalist – The News), Rizwan Ali (journalist – Associated Press), Shahid Hashmi (journalist – AFP/ARY) and Sohail Imran (journalist – GEO News)