The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been chastised by experts, former cricketers, and fans alike for awarding the Player of the Tournament award to Australia’s opening batter, David Warner, rather than Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, who statistically outperformed the former during the T20 World Cup.
David Warner scored 289 runs in 7 innings, including three half-centuries, according to the stats. In the mega event, he had an average of 48.16 and a strike rate of 146.70. His best score in the tournament was 89 not out, and he was not out in 6 of 7 innings.
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Babar Azam, on the other hand, scored 303 runs in 6 innings, including four half-centuries.
In the mega event, he had an average of 60.60 and a strike rate of 126.25. His best score in the tournament was 70, and he was not out in 5 of 6 innings.
Despite being the tournament’s leading run-scorer, the ICC-nominated jury chose David Warner as Player of the Tournament.
This award’s jury was made up of five people. Three of them were ICC TV commentary representatives, while the others were media representatives.
Former West Indian cricketer Ian Bishop, South African sports broadcaster Natalie Germanos, and former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson were among the commentators. Laurence Booth, a British journalist, was among the media representatives.
Shahid Hashmi, a Pakistani sports journalist for AFP and ARY, and Shahid Hashmi, a sports journalist for the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.
Experts, former cricketers, and fans have accused the ICC jury of being biased against Babar Azam in light of the aforementioned statistics.
In a related development, another ICC panel barred Mohammad Rizwan from being named to the Team of the Tournament for the 2021 T20 World Cup. Although the panel appointed Babar Azam as captain of the 12-man squad, most likely to correct an earlier error, Rizwan was overlooked by the panel despite being the tournament’s third-highest scorer.