KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has been included by Wisden in its 2021 list of “cricketers of the year” for his performance during the English season last year.
Rizwan was named among Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jason Holder and Darren Stevens who have been named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 2021 edition of the Wisden Almanack.
The cricketer is the 18th Pakistani in history to feature among cricketers of the year by the Wisden.
“Rizwan was rewarded for both his work behind the stumps and his batting – he averaged more than 40 across three Tests – for Pakistan during their 1-0 series defeat to England,” Wisden explained about induction of Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman in the list.
The Wisden Cricketers of the Year are players selected for the honour by the annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, based primarily on their influence on the previous English season.
It started as six great bowlers of the year before being a permanent feature to recognise five players of the year since 1897.
In 1955, Fazal Mehmood became the first ever Pakistani to be named by Wisden among cricketers of the year and since then a total of 18 players have made themselves to this list.
In 2017, two Pakistani cricketers – Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan – were named in the list by Wisden.
Other notable Pakistani cricketers who marked this achievement include Asif Iqbal, Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Saleem Malik, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammad Yousaf.