The winners of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Awards 2021 have been announced with Mohammad Rizwan being adjudged the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year and T20I Cricketer of the year, while Hassan Ali won the Test Cricketer of the Year award and Babar Azam won the ODI Cricketer of the Year award.
Rizwan scored 455 runs in Tests, 134 ODI, and 1,326 T20I runs, besides also recording 56 international dismissals behind the stumps. Hassan took 41 wickets in Test matches, while Babar accumulated 405 runs in six ODIs with two centuries and a half-century.
Meanwhile, Shaheen Shah Afridi won the Impactful Performance of the Year Award for his sensational spell of 3-31 against India in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 game in Dubai.
Upon the achievement, Rizwan said: "I feel humbled and honoured to have been adjudged Pakistan's Most Valuable Cricketer of 2021. This is the PCB's most prestigious award and to be recognized for my contributions to the team's superlative performances across all formats in 2021 in such a way gives me tremendous satisfaction and happiness."
Hasan Ali said: "Test cricket is the pinnacle format of the game and to be adjudged as the Test Cricketer of the Year is a proud moment for me."
Shaheen said: "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, Nida Dar won the Women's Cricketer of the Year award, Sahibzada Farhan was the Domestic Cricketer of the Year and Asif Yaqoob was the Umpire of the Year.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja stated: "On behalf of the PCB, I want to congratulate each award winner. They deserve all the applause and accolades for their tremendous consistency across all formats in difficult times that inspired their sides to outstanding performances throughout 2021, which have been widely acknowledged by the Pakistan cricket fans."
Here's the list of PCB Awards 2021 winners:
Impactful performance of the year: Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-31 v India, 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: Mohammad 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).