LAHORE – Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi are in the running for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Sir Garfield Sobers Award.

Voting for the award began yesterday. Fans can go to the ICC’s website and vote for their favourite cricketer.

The Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy is a cricket trophy awarded annually by the ICC to the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. It is considered to be the most prestigious of the annual ICC Awards and was first awarded in 2004 to Rahul Dravid.

ICC took to Twitter and announced that the voting is underway.

“The voting for Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year is now open!”.  

Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, wicketkeeper batter Mohamad Rizwan, English batter Joe Root and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson are the four nominees for this year’s award.

Rizwan made the list after enjoying a phenomenal year in which he scored an impressive 1,915 runs from 44 internationals at an average of 56.32, with two centuries and 56 dismissals.

Shaheen Afridi managed to take an impressive 78 wickets from 36 internationals at an average of 22.20. His opening spell against India at the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai helped Pakistan put the Men in Blue on the backfoot and ultimately, score a thumping 10-wicket victory over their arch rivals.  

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