Star Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been nominated as ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam, South Africa’s Janneman Malan and Ireland’s Paul Sterling are the other nominees.
“A talismanic all-rounder, two dashing openers and the top-ranked batter in the 50-over format make the list of nominees for 2021 ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year awards,” wrote ICC on its website.
ICC revealed the shortlist today.
Shakib scored 277 runs in nine matches at an average of 39.57 with two fifties and took 17 wickets at an average of 17.52 this year.
Babar scored 405 runs in six matches at an average of 67.50, Malan scored 509 runs in eight matches at an average of 84.83 while Paul Stirling amassed 705 runs in 2021 becoming the highest run-scorer in ODIs this year.
Indian star opener Rohit Sharma won the prestigious award last year, Virat Kohli in 2017, 2018 and 2012, Quinton de Kock in 2016, AB de Villiers in 2014, 2015 and 2010, Kumar Sangakkara in 2013 and 2011, MS Dhoni in 2009 and 2008, Matthew Hayden in 2007, Mike Hussey in 2006, Kevin Pietersen in 2005 and Andrew Flintoff in 2005.