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PCB Awards 2020 to recognise achievements, sacrifices of players, officials

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced details of the PCB Awards 2020, which will be a recognition and appreciation of the players and match officials for their achievements and sacrifices during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The PCB announced a complete season on September 4 and, since September 30, has delivered 186 matches out of 259 (nearly 71 percent) to date.

The remaining 73 matches of the 2020-21 season, comprising the five-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final, five matches against South Africa, 33 matches in the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament and 34 matches in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 will be played in the first quarter of 2021.

Apart from domestic cricket, Pakistan men’s national team toured England in the summer, played Zimbabwe at home and, along with Pakistan Shaheens, is presently touring New Zealand.

All cricket in Pakistan was planned, executed and played under strict Covid-19 protocols. This meant Pakistan’s leading cricketers, player support personnel and match officials spent a large chunk of the year under tight restrictions, away from their families and friends.

For the purposes of the 2020 Awards, the PCB has identified a total of 11 categories, including eight player categories, for which the winners will be presented specially designed trophies during the home series against South Africa.

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

In addition to the eight individual prizes, there will be Spirit of Cricket, Umpire of the Year and Best Corporate Achievement of the Year awards.

As per the process, an independent jury comprising highly respected and distinguished cricket personalities will discuss performances in 10 of the 11 categories during 2020 and select a winner in each category through a virtual meeting. The Umpire of the Year will be selected by the First XI head coaches and captains.

The winners will be announced on January 1, 2021, on the PCB digital platforms. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, but I am delighted we not only went ahead with our domestic cricket schedule but delivered it successfully.

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