ICC criticized for not naming Babar Azam as ‘player of the tournament’


Islamabad – November 15 (Online): International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday named Australia’s David Warner as ‘player of the tournament’ owing to his magnificent performances in Semi-final and Final fixtures.
Australia on Sunday thrashed New Zealand by eight wickets in the Finale to win Men’s T20I World Cup.
Opening batsman David Warner has been in sublime form for the Ausies as he scored 289 runs in the tournament, with crucial 53 in finale and 49 against Pakistan in the semi-finale.
However, some criticized the ICC management for not choosing Pakistan’s Captain Babar Azam as the player of tournament since he has been the leading run scorer and ‘star to watch’ in the tournament.
Babar Azam made the most runs in the tournament, scoring an impressive 303 runs at an average of 60.60 while Warner came in second, scoring 289 runs at an average of 48.16.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to name David Warner as the Player of the Tournament for the ICC T20 World Cup.
What Akhtar, and millions of others around the globe wanted, was for Pakistan captain Babar Azam to be named the Player of the Tournament award for his stellar batting throughout the T20 World Cup.
“Was really looking forward to see @babarazam258 becoming Man of the Tournament. Unfair decision for sure,” tweeted Shoaib Akhtar.
West Indies cricketer Shane Rutherford also criticized the international body of cricket control for its decision and said that he was ‘shocked at the decision’.
“I am shocked Babar Azam is not Player of the tournament. Tired decision” wrote Rutheford on Twitter.