Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, has received several prestigious awards from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his outstanding performances in 2022. He was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC ODI Player of the Year, and was also named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year for the second year in a row.
In 44 matches across all formats in 2022, Azam scored 2598 runs at an average of 54.12, with eight centuries and 15 half-centuries. He was the only player to breach the 2000-run mark during the calendar year and his haul of eight hundreds and 17 fifties was the best of his career to date.
In ODI cricket, Azam scored 679 runs from just nine matches at an average of 84.87, with three centuries. He maintained his position as the No.1 ranked batter on the MRF Tyres ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings throughout the year and led his team to just one loss in 50-over cricket.
The winners of the ICC Awards are selected by the ICC Voting Academy, which comprises a wider selection of global cricket journalists and broadcasters, with cricket fans also contributing to the vote via the ICC’s digital channels. The Performance Period for the awards was January 1 – December 31, 2022.