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Mohammad Rizwan beat skipper Babar Azam to win the most Valuable Cricketer of the Year award. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) awards were organised to felicitate the top performers of 2021. Rizwan scored 1915 runs and was a part of 56 dismissals behind the stumps.

He also won the T20I Cricketer of the Year. “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 recognised for my contributions in the team’s superlative performances across all formats in 2021 in such a way gives me tremendous satisfaction and happiness,” said Rizwan in a PCB release.

“I thought I had an exceptional year in the shortest format of the game when I was able to hit a century early in the year against South Africa and then carry that confidence and momentum for the rest of the year.

“I give a lot of credit to our bowlers who bowled their hearts out and didn’t let the pressure get onto the batters by maintaining sustained pressure on the opponents throughout the year,” he added.

While Babar won the ODI cricketer of the Year award, Hasan Ali bagged the Test Cricketer of the Year award. Shaheen Afridi won the Impactful Performance of the Year award by PCB.

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