The ICC declares skipper Babar Azam as the captain of the official Men’s T20 World Cup Upstox Most Valuable Team of the Tournament.
ICC released the list of the team on social media on the day after the T20 World Cup 2021. Australia lifted its maiden T20 World Cup trophy. The valuable team is combined of players from different teams. Two Pakistani players- Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi, are featured in the team. While Babar Azam has been declared the captain of the valuable team, Shaheen Shah Afridi has been included as the 12th player.
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The team includes players from Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. From Australia, David Warner, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazelwood are part of the team. England’s Jos Butler has been selected as the team’s wicket-keeper. New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga are also on the team.
Babar Azam is the captain of ICC's Team of the Tournament for the #T20WorldCup
Sad to see Muhammad Rizwan missing out. pic.twitter.com/b31CnwegdA
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) November 15, 2021
The team has been selected by commentators, former international players, and journalists. Ian Bishop, the convenor, is part of the selection team.
“As with any team selection, there will be varying opinions and robust discussion on the final composition of the squad. The panel respects that, and we encourage the strong debate that will ensue. This team was incredibly difficult to select over such a highly competitive tournament. Selections were based predominantly on the Super 12 onward to the final,” said Ian Bishop.
From being a ball-picker to No.1 ODi batsman to No.1 T20i batsmen to the highest run-scorer in T20 world cup to captain of ICC most valuable team, Babar Azam has come a long way.
//Only onwards and upwards from now// pic.twitter.com/6xNQ62mlkj
— Manahil Saeed 🇵🇰 (@manahil__saeed) November 15, 2021
Read more: ICC slammed for not giving Babar Azam player of tournament award
Meanwhile, fans are upset over the International Cricket Council (ICC) for ignoring skipper Babar Azam for the player of the tournament award.
Instead, ICC gave the award to Australia’s David Warner. Australia won the T20 World 2021 after defeating New Zealand in UAE on Sunday. Australia lifted the cup for the first time in T20 World Cup. However, Pakistani fans are disappointed that ICC ignored skipper Babar Azam for the award despite performing consistently in the tournament.