Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has expressed his excitement and gratitude after receiving the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year for 2022. He scored 2598 runs in 44 matches during the year, with an average of 54.12 and hit 8 centuries and 15 half-centuries.
Azam credited his family, teammates, and fans for their support and acknowledged that consistent performance throughout the year helped him win the award. He also expressed appreciation for the ICC for recognizing his achievements and stated that winning the award gives him the confidence to continue performing in the same manner in the future.
“It is an honour for me to win this award. I can’t express my happiness in words because I’m now part of an elusive list of legends who have won this award. My family, teammates and fans deserve credit for this award since they have always supported me,”
“There is a lot of hard work behind this award since you have to perform consistently in both home and away conditions. There is a lot of cricket happening these days and you have to quickly switch between formats. However, this helps in improving a player’s performance since he becomes mentally strong while also ensuring proper focus on fitness.”
“Winning this award gives me confidence and I will try to continue performing in the same manner in the future as well. I also want to thank the ICC for considering me as a suitable choice for this award,”
Furthermore, Azam was also named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year for 2022 and bagged the award for ICC ODI Player of the Year.