Cricket events are going on across the world with Pakistani players making the record and receiving awards. It is a proud moment for us, that we are on a track to the revival of cricket. The fans have missed out on the fun on the grounds and the players. The Australian series on our ground has given us back the moments. We are back with some more cricket updates for this week.
Babar Azam-ICC cricketer of the month
Babar Azam has been exceptional in March. His 196 against Australia helped him to beat West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Australia skipper Pat Cummins for the monthly award. He became the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award winner for the second time. He had also won it last year in April. Former West Indies star and member of the voting panel Daren Ganga praised Babar for the performance, “Babar Azam wins this award not only because of his significant glut of runs scored during the Pakistan v Australia tour, but he could also transition success with the bat across formats, from the Test Series into ODIs. Significantly, him being able to fulfill the burden of expectation as a captain and batsman for Pakistan being host to an Australian team visiting after 24 years is a monumental achievement.”
— PTV Sports (@PTVSp0rts) April 11, 2022
Babar Azam Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar in ODI ranking
He is already ranked as one of the best in the ODI rankings. Babar became a member of the elite batters after the series against Australia. He was the player of the series for scoring 276 runs with an average of 136 (two centuries and a fifty). This made him surpass Sachin Tendulkar in ICC ODI batting ratings as he has a score of 891. He is in the 15th position now. The list is as:
- Sir Vivian Richards — 935
- Zaheer Abbas — 931
- Greg Chappell — 921
- David Gower — 919
- Dean Jones — 918
- Virat Kohli — 911
- Javed Miandad — 910
- Brian Lara — 908
- AB de Villiers — 902
- Hashim Amla — 901
- Desmond Haynes — 900
- Gary Kirsten — 900
- Allan Lamb — 897
- Gordon Greenidge — 895
- Babar Azam — 891
- Sachin Tendulkar — 887
— ASports (@asportstvpk) April 8, 2022
Muhammad Amir to make an International Comeback
Amir had played 36 Tests, 61 ODIS, 50 T20 Internationals, and picked 259 international wickets across all formats. He had announced international retirement in December 2020 because of differences with the management.
Fatima Sana- ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2021
Fatima Sana, who is the Pakistan women’s cricket team’s right-arm pacer, received her trophy for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for 2021. She took 24 wickets (one five-wicket haul and a four-wicket haul).
It’s an absolute honor to receive the trophy of @ICC Women's Emerging Cricketer Of The Year.
— Fatima Sana🇵🇰 (@imfatimasana) April 7, 2022
Ramiz Raja set to resign
The PCB Chairman Ramiz will resign in the wake of the current political situation. Former PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi is once again more likely to replace him as PCB Chairman. He has focused on the domestic structure to overcome the difficulties for the national team selection including six national teams.
Asia Cup moved from Sri Lanka
Because of the crisis and unstable political situation in Sri Lanka, the Asia Cup is likely to be moved out. The financial crisis has led to protests and police clashes.
The return of neutral umpires
Because of the pandemic, home umpires were nominated to officiate the test matches. But with the pandemic over, the neutral umpires will be back on the cricket grounds.
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