The International Cricket Council has shortlisted candidates for all categories of awards. The ICC has shortlisted 9 candidates for all categories of awards, whose list has been released. The most important of the awards given by the ICC is the Cricketer of the Year award. This award is given to the cricketer who has performed brilliantly throughout the year in all formats of cricket. Babar Azam of Pakistan can get this award for the year 2022. However, he may be the only cricketer from India-Pakistan this year to get two awards. Some other cricketers are also involved in this race, from whom Babar will get a tough challenge.
Babar will get a challenge from Stokes
As far as the Cricketer of the Year is concerned, Babar Azam is getting a tough challenge from Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes has proved to be an inspirational captain after taking over the Test captaincy of England. Stokes has rocked Test cricket this year. Apart from scoring 870 runs in 15 matches, he has also taken 26 wickets. He won 9 out of 10 Test matches as captain. Apart from this, he played an important role in winning the T20 World Cup 2022 to England.
Babar on top
On the other hand, if Babar Azam is seen, he scored a lot of runs in all formats of cricket last year. He scored the most runs in international cricket in the year 2022. During this, Babar scored 2598 runs in 52 innings at an average of 54.12. Last year, he scored 8 centuries and 17 half-centuries in all three formats of cricket. He is a suitable candidate for Cricketer of the Year.
Sikander and Southee are also in the race
Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe and Test captain Tim Southee of New Zealand are also in the race for the Cricketer of the Year award. Sikandar scored 1380 runs in all three formats of cricket last year. During this, he scored three centuries and four half-centuries in 38 international matches. On the other hand, if we talk about Tim Southee, the past year was great for him. Southee dominated all three formats of cricket last year. During this, he took 28 wickets in 8 Tests, 14 in 8 innings of ODIs, and 23 wickets in 15 innings of T20 International matches. In this way, in the year 2022, Southee took a total of 65 wickets in all three formats.