KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan on Sunday was named cricketer of the year in Twenty20 format by the International Cricket Council (ICC), a milestone achievement unseen by Pakistani players for years.

“Sheer Consistency, indomitable spirit, and some breathtaking knocks. 2021 was memorable for Mohammad Rizwan,” the sport’s international governing body said on Twitter, congratulating the batter.

Rizwan last year scored 1,326 runs at an average of 73.66 in 29 T20 matches.

The aggressive batter, who was instrumental in the green shirts’ victories, especially against longtime rival India in last year’s T20 World Cup, also scored a century and took 24 catches behind the stumps.

In a video message, Rizwan gave credit to the team management, fellow cricketers, and analysts for the honor, saying he is happy “because Pakistan has won the award.”​​​​​​​

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