2021 has been a year of reckoning for the Pakistani cricket team- as our team made us exceptionally proud when under Babar Azam’s leadership we went on to the semi-finals while defeating countries like India, England and New Zealand.
Now yesterday social media users celebrated as the ICC announced awards for the four cricket players from the Pakistani team. Babar Azam was awarded with ICC ODI Cricketer of the year, Muhammad Rizwan was given the ICC T20I Player, Shaheen Afridi was given the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and Fatima Sana was crowned as ICC’s Emerging Women Cricketer of the year.
Twitter users were excited by this news and especially at Babar Azam’s wins since he has been the first Pakistani to win such a prestigious award after 70 years. Fans began referring to this moment as the “Babar era” when congratulating the cricketer for his spectacular performance this year
Hats off to King Babar Azam.👑🙌♥️#ICCAwards2021 #BabarAzam pic.twitter.com/8bYFVBlEGY
— W A S I F🤝 QG 💜 (@_Wasiffff) January 24, 2022
It’s your era king 👑🇵🇰👏🏼#BabarAzam pic.twitter.com/6bKKClPRci
— mahanoortweets (@mahanoortweets1) January 24, 2022
Babar Azam, ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.
Shaheen Afridi, 21, ICC Cricketer of the Year.
— Switch Hit (@_SwitchHit) January 24, 2022
Twitter users were also especially proud of Fatima Sana for taking the Pakistani womens cricket team to international platforms and also winning such prestigious awards as well.
Pakistan’s players winning the most prestigious accolades in cricket goes to show that you can no longer keep Pakistan out of the conversation. Massively proud of all, esp our emerging queen Fatima Sana!
— Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) January 24, 2022
Fatima Sana got the Women Emerging player of the Year award. Genuinely so happy that our women’s cricket is getting some attention. InShaAllah they will become way better. Congratulations to this queeeen <3 pic.twitter.com/OUtYbgnXLV
— #FreePalestine🇵🇸 (@WaggishRiposte) January 24, 2022
My brain cannot come to terms with how many of our players have been outstanding this past year & have won ICC awards. Fatima Sana winning emerging women’s cricketer of the year is HUGE for 🇵🇰 women’s cricket! Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, we suddenly have so stars among us! 🤩
— Hadeel Obaid (@hadouken51) January 24, 2022
Congratulations to all of these champs for their spectacular performance and making sure the rest of the world is aware of how much talent exists in Pakistan! We pray that all of these players take our country to even greater heights in the future!