Pakistan Cricket Board announced that an independent jury will consider players in eight individual categories in 2020, with shortlists to be announced on December 31.
PCB also announced prizes for categories such as umpire of the year, spirit of cricket and corporate achievement of the year.
According to PCB, on September 4, the board announced a complete season for 2020-21 despite the pandemic.
Since September, 186 matches out of a total of 259 have been successfully completed. The remaining 73 matches of the 2020-21 season include the final matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (5-day tournament), five matches against South Africa, 33 matches of Pakistan cup (one-day tournament) and 34 matches of the upcoming Pakistan Super League 2021. All matches are to be played in the first quarter of the year 2021.
The eight individual categories are:
· Emerging Men’s and Women’s Cricketers of the Year
· Women’s Cricketer of the Year
· Domestic Men’s Cricketer of the Year
· Individual Performance of the Year
· White-ball Cricketer of the Year
· Test Cricketer of the Year
· Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year
PCB announced that the process involved an independent jury of highly respected and distinguished cricket personalities, will discuss performances in 10 of the 11 categories in 2020 (1 January to 31 December). They will select a winner in each category through a virtual meeting. The ‘Umpire of the Year’ will be selected by the first XI head of coaches and captains.
All winners’ names will be displayed at PCB Digital Platforms on 1 January 2021. In 202o, Pakistan’s national team played five tests, three ODIs and 12 T20Is, while the Pakistan women’s national side featured in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020.
The domestic events held during the period included HBL Pakistan Super League 2020, National T20 Cup, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, PCB U19 One-day and Three-Day Tournaments and two National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Championships.
Ehsan Mani, Chairman PCB said “I am sure the PCB Awards will provide added incentive to the cricketers in 2021, knowing that their achievements will be recognized.”