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ICC Awards: Shaheen Afridi and Joe Root win top honours


Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi was the recipient of the Sir Garfield Sobers award as the Best Men's player for the year 2021. Joe Root won the ICC Test Player of the year award for his prolific run-scoring in Tests last year.


Shaheen Afridi picked up 78 wickets in 36 games across all formats of the game. The crowning moment of his year came against India in the T20 World Cup in the UAE where he finished with figures of 3 for 31, picking up the important scalps of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.


"I tried to produce good performances for Pakistan in 2021. Even our team played well and we won some good matches. I have always tried to produce good performances for Pakistan and hopefully, I'll continue doing that," Afridi said in a video message posted by the ICC and termed his T20 World Cup effort against India as his best. "I had many good performances, including five-fors in Tests. But the most memorable one for me would be the match we won against India. It was a historical game and plenty of people watch India matches. Performing against India was the highlight of 2021 for me."


Despite England's horrific year in Test cricket, Joe Root was in the form of his life last year amassing 1708 runs in 15 matches at an average of 61. He scored 6 hundreds, converting two of them into double tons along with 4 fifties. Root finished as the highest run-scorer in Test cricket in 2021 and also was 3rd in the list of all-time top run-getters in a calendar year behind Mohammed Yousuf(1788) and Viv Richards(1710).


"It has been my best 12 months with the bat in what has been a challenging period for the England Test team. From a personal point of view, I felt in good form and relaxed at the crease," said Root. "My hope for 2022 is that I can build on my individual performances for what promises to be a crucial 12-month campaign for the England Men's Test team."


The Pakistan team had two more award winners as Babar Azam won the ICC ODI Player of the year award and Mohammed Rizwan bagged the ICC T20 Player of the year award. Babar scored 405 runs in 6 innings at an average of 67.5 while Rizwan finished with 1326 runs in 26 innings at an average of 73.66.


In the Women's game, Smrithi Mandhana won the Player of the year award for the 2nd time in her career scoring 855 runs in 22 innings across formats. South Africa's Lizelle Lee bagged the Women's ODI Cricketer of the year while England's Tammy Beaumont was named the Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year.




Award

Winner

Men's Cricketer of The Year

Shaheen Afridi

Women's Cricketer of The Year

Smriti Mandhana

Men's Test Cricketer of The Year

Joe Root

Men's ODI Cricketer of The Year

Babar Azam

Women's ODI Cricketer of The Year

Lizelle Lee

Men's T20I Cricketer of The Year

Mohammad Rizwan

Women's T20I Cricketer of The Year

Tammy Beaumont

Emerging Men's Cricketer of The Year

Janneman Malan

Emerging Women's Cricketer of The Year

Fatima Sana

Men's Associate Cricketer of The Year

Zeeshan Maqsood

Women's Associate Cricketer of The Year

Andrea-Mae Zepeda

Umpire of The Year

Marais Erasmus





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