Babar Azam named captain of ICC Upstox Most Valuable Team of T20 World Cup


DUBAI – Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who displayed remarkable performance in his maiden T20 World Cup appearance, has been named the captain of International Cricket Council (ICC) Upstox Most Valuable Team of the tournament.

Players have been selected from champions Australia, runners-up New Zealand, semi-finalists England and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka and South Africa for line-up.

Babar Azam named as the captain of the star-studded team on the back of his stunning 303 runs at 60.60. Strike rate of 126.25. “The numbers speak for themselves: 303 runs, an average of 60.60, four half-centuries in six matches,” ICC said in a statement.

Babar Azam’s T20 World Cup performance was remarkable. The fact that it was the Pakistan skipper’s first ever T20 World Cup appearance makes his numbers even more astonishing, and he is comfortably the highest run-scorer at a debut World Cup in the history of the competition, beating Pakistan batting consultant Matthew Hayden’s previous record. Babar also drew level with another record held joining by Hayden and Virat Kohli, with his four fifties at a single World Cup equalling the all-time best. The 27-year-old underlined just why he is top of the ICC T20I rankings with the bat, and he has many years and many tournaments ahead of him to set more records.

Australia ‘s opening batter David Warner, leg-spinner Adam Zampa and seamer Josh Hazlewood also named in the team as they guided the team to win the first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title.

England ace Jos Buttler as wicketkeeper, New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult and Sri Lanka star Wanindu Hasaranga have also been named in the line-up.

A selection panel featuring commentators, former international players and journalists Ian Bishop (Convenor), Natalie Germanos, Shane Watson, Lawrence Booth – of Wisden, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday – and Shahid Hashmi of Agence France Presse and ARY Channel, selected the players for the team.

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