DUBAI – ICC on Tuesday announced the nominees for the Men's Test Player of the Year 2021 award, Pakistani fans expressing concerns after Shaheen Afridi was not picked despite his brilliant performance in the outgoing year.
The 21-year-old Pakistani pacer played nine Tests and took 47 wickets. He was the second-highest wicket-taker this year with an average of 17.06.
A batting stalwart, a spin wizard, an emerging fast-bowling superstar and a dogged opener constitute nominees for the ICC’s award.
England's Joe Root, India's Ravichandran Ashwin, New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson and Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne are the four nominees for this award.
Root and Ashwin are the leading scorer and wicket-taker respectively in 2021. Root became only the third player in cricket history to smash over 1700 runs in Test matches in a calendar year with six centuries.
Ashwin took 52 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 16.23 and scored 337 runs at 28.08 with one ton.
Jamieson has been nominated for his brilliant performances as he took 27 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 17.51 and also made 105 runs.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Test captain Karunaratne is the third-highest scorer of 2021 as he made 902 runs in 7 matches at 69.38 with four centuries.
It is pertinent to mention here that ICC will continue to announce nominations of each category of ICC Awards every single day. The winners for each category will be announced in January. The official ICC Team of the Years will be unveiled on 17 and 18 January.
However, Pakistani social media users have expressed shock over the nominations. A user named Saj Sadiq wrote, : “Surprised that Shaheen Shah Afridi who took 47 wickets (2nd highest) at an average of 17.06 isn't included”.
4 nominees for ICC Test player of the year - Joe Root, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson and Dimuth Karunaratne. Surprised that Shaheen Shah Afridi who took 47 wickets (2nd highest) at an average of 17.06 isn't included #Cricket— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) December 28, 2021
Shaheen Afridi : 9 matches, 47 wickets, includes THREE, 5 wicket-hauls & ONE 10 wicket-haul— CA aspirant (@salmaan23_) December 28, 2021
Hasan Ali : 8 matches, 41 wickets includes FIVE, 5 wicket-hauls & ONE 10 wicket-haul.
Still not even nominated for ICC test player of the year,What a shit🤷♂️🤬#ICC #ICCRankings pic.twitter.com/e0ZnsH8vyJ
As Always, ICC being Biased. After A Wonderful Year By Hassan Ali And Shaheen Afridi In Tests, They Aren't Nominated For ICC Test Player Of The Year.— Maaz Ahmed🇵🇰 (@Maaz_hun_yaar) December 28, 2021
Pakistani rupee continues recovering losses against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Tuesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.6 for buying and 286.65 for selling.
Euro slides down to 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate inches up to 360 for buying, and 363.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.50 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 75.90.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.46||36.81|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
The gold remained under pressure in Pakistan amid a huge drop in price of the precious metal despite in the international market.
On Tuesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs218,500 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs187,330.
Single tola of 24 karat is Rs218,500, 22 Karat Gold costs Rs200,290, rate of 21 karat gold stands at Rs191,190 whereas 18k gold rate is Rs163,875.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold saw huge drop in price, coming down to $2037 per ounce after drop of $81.79.
|Lahore||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|