ICC Under Fire For Robbing Babar Azam of Player of Tournament Award

Experts, former cricketers, and fans alike have criticized the International Cricket Council (ICC) for awarding the Player of the Tournament to the Australian opening batter, David Warner, instead of Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, who statistically outperformed the former during the T20 World Cup.

According to the statistics, David Warner made a total of 289 runs, including 3 half-centuries, in 7 innings. He had an average of 48.16 and a strike rate of 146.70 in the mega event. His highest score in the tournament was 89 not out while he remained not out in 6 out of 7 innings.

On the other hand, Babar Azam made a total of 303 runs, including 4 half-centuries, in 6 innings. He had an average of 60.60 and a strike rate of 126.25 in the mega event. His highest score in the tournament was 70 while he remained not out in 5 out of 6 innings.

Despite being the leading run-getter of the mega event, the ICC-nominated jury decided to award the Player of the Tournament to David Warner.

The jury for this award consisted of 5 members. 3 of them were ICC’s TV commentary representatives while the remaining were media representatives.

The commentary representatives included Ian Bishop, former West Indian cricketer, Natalie Germanos, South African sports broadcaster, and Shane Watson, former Australian all-rounder. The media representatives included Laurence Booth, British sports journalist at Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and Shahid Hashmi, Pakistani sports journalist at AFP and ARY.

In light of the above-mentioned stats, experts, former cricketers, and fans have accused the ICC jury of being biased towards Babar Azam.

In a similar development, another ICC panel excluded Mohammad Rizwan from the 2021 T20 World Cup’s Team of the Tournament. Although the panel made Babar Azam the captain of the 12-man squad—probably to rectify the earlier error— Rizwan failed to gain attention from the panel despite being the third top scorer of the tournament.

  • An act of atrocious discrimination rewarding an undeserving player because he belongs to their ilk and their favoured team. Would the result be the same had the situation be other way round. Never.

  • It’s normal for what’s happening on PAKISTAN 🇵🇰CRICKETERS but still PAKISTAN have best players …..

  • Surely Babar deserved that award. ICC has always been biased. It’s not for the first time. They have failed to address the members on merit

  • How come Warner and Babar were not out for so many innings? Dont you do fact check before publishing?

    • Exactly, I was wondering the same. How could Baber be not out in 5 out 6 innings? Means he got out only once? Maybe they typed the other way around, perhaps he was not out in 1 match only (against India).

  • No doubt Babar Azam played superbly throughout the tournament but the difference between Azam and Warner is result they gain end of the tournament.warner played for his team and won the tournament

  • The conscience of most of European is in comma due to their biasdness especially towards Muslims in general and Pakistanis in particular. Gone have the days when Europeans had the courage to call a spade a spade.

  • Warner scored against top teams, SA, Pak, Sri Lanka, eng, NZ, WI to make the team win in crucial matches. But Babar had it easy scoring most of his total runs against Namibia, Scotland and Afganistan, so that is the difference

    • When you play international level cricket and especially world cup, there is no big team small team.
      And I’m surprised you put Sri Lanka among big teams.

  • I think warner has more impact then Babar Azam bz of his strike rate and also he played match winning innings in Semi Final and Final.

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