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PCB Awards 2020: Babar Azam is the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year

PCB Awards 2020: Babar Azam is the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year

Pakistan captain Babar Azam was named as the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year following his stellar performances across all formats during the 2020 calendar year. In addition to the most prestigious award, he was also adjudged the White-ball Cricketer of the Year after averaging 110.5 and 55.2 in the ODIs and T20Is, respectively. In the four Tests, Babar scored 338 runs at 67.6.

Mohammad Rizwan, the stand-in captain for the final Test of 2020 at Mount Maunganui against New Zealand, was declared Test Cricketer of the Year. In five Tests, he aggregated 302 runs. He also accounted for 12 batsmen behind the wickets. Fawad Alam’s 102 innings at Mount Maunganui, his first Test century in 11 years that made global headlines, was chosen as the Individual Performance of the Year. Naseem Shah won the Emerging International Cricketer of the Year following his 20 wickets in eight Tests.

The Domestic Cricketer of the Year honours went to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kamran Ghulam after he became the only batsman in the ongoing first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy to complete 1,000 runs. Rohail Nazir’s progression from the U19 level to Pakistan Shaheens’ captain has won him the Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year.

Pakistan women’s national cricket team all-rounder Aliya Riaz was named as the Women’s Cricketer of the Year while 19-year-old Fatima Sana was announced as the Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year.The match referees and six Cricket Associations captains voted Asif Yaqoob as the Umpire of the Year.

Categories (Nominations with criteria):

Umpire of the Year (Period under consideration 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Ahsan Raza
  • Asif Yaqoob
  • Ghaffar Kazmi
  • Shozab Raza

Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year (Players born on or after 1 Aug 1999. Period under consideration 1 Sep 2019 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Ayesha Naseem
  • Fatima Sana
  • Najiha Alvi
  • Syeda Aroob Shah

Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year (Players born on or after 1 Aug 1999 who are yet to make international debut for Pakistan. Period under consideration 1 Sep 2019 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Mohammad Huraira
  • Mubasir Khan
  • Rohail Nazir
  • Qasim Akram

Men’s Emerging International Cricketer of the Year (International debut after 1 September 2019)

  • Haider Ali
  • Haris Rauf
  • Naseem Shah
  • Khushdil Shah

Women’s Cricketer of the Year (Period under consideration 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Aliya Riaz
  • Bismah Maroof
  • Javeria Khan
  • Muneeba Ali

Domestic Cricketer of the Year (Events under consideration HBL PSL 2020, National T20 Cup 2020 and first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020)

  • Hasan Ali
  • Kamran Ghulam
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Zahid Mahmood

Individual Performance of the Year (20 international matches played between 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Fawad Alam – 102 v New Zealand, 1st Test
  • Mohammad Hafeez – 86 not out, 52b, 4×4, 6×6 v England 3rd T20I
  • Naseem Shah – 4-26 (hat trick) v Bangladesh, 1st Test
  • Shan Masood – 156 v England, 1st Test

Spirit of Cricket (Period under consideration 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Sindh players thanking a retiring Imran Farhat for his contributions.
  • Pakistan team visiting Bangladesh dressing room after their 2-0 win in the T20I series.
  • Pakistan players congratulating Zak Crawley after his 267 in the Southampton Test.
  • Pakistan players congratulating Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura on a successful career.

Corporate Achievement of the Year (Period under consideration 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • First-ever HBL PSL 2020 in Pakistan
  • Pakistan cricketers inspiring other international sides to play during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • A complete, competitive and exciting 2020-21 domestic season during the pandemic
  • South Africa and England men’s national cricket teams confirming tours to Pakistan in 2021

White-ball Cricketer of the Year (three ODIs and 12 T20Is from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Babar Azam
  • Haris Rauf
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi

Test Cricketer of the Year (five Tests between 1 Jan 2020 and 31 Dec 2020)

  • Babar Azam
  • Mohammad Rizwan
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Shan Masood

Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year (five Tests, three ODIs and 12 T20Is from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)

  • Babar Azam
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Mohammad Rizwan
  • Shaheen Shah Afrid

And Below are the category-wise winners

  • Umpire of the Year – Asif Yaqoob
  • Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Fatima Sana
  • Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Rohail Nazir
  • Spirit of Cricket – Pakistan players visiting Bangladesh dressing room after their 2-0 win in T20I series. This was Bangladesh men’s cricket team’s first visit to Pakistan in over a decade.
  • Men’s Emerging International Cricketer of the Year – Naseem Shah
    Corporate Achievement of the Year – First-ever HBL PSL 2020 in Pakistan
  • Domestic Cricketer of the Year – Kamran Ghulam
  • Women’s Cricketer of the Year – Aliya Riaz
  • Individual Performance of the Year – Fawad Alam (102 v New Zealand, 1st Test)
  • White-ball Cricketer of the Year – Babar Azam
  • Test Cricketer of the Year – Mohammad Rizwan
  • Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year – Babar Azam

Independent Jury: Saleem Yousuf (Chairman, PCB Cricket Committee), Bazid Khan (former Test cricketer and respected commentator), Nain Abidi (former women’s player who played 155 internationals for Pakistan), Ramiz Raja (former captain and respected commentator), Rashid Latif (former captain and cricket analyst), Abdul Majid Bhatti (Correspondent, Jang), Abdul Mohi Shah (correspondent The News), Khalid H Khan (correspondent, Dawn), Zahid Maqsood (Sports Editor – Express News), Aaliya Rasheed (analyst) and Mazher Arshad (statistician).

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