ICC Awards Highlights: The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the Player of the Decade Awards on Monday. After announcing the T20I, Test, and ODI team of the decade, ICC has also named their Test, ODI, and T20I Men’s Player of the Decade. ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade Award goes to Australian talisman Steve Smith for his prodigious form in the longest format of the game. While Afghanistan key men Rashid Khan bags the ICC Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Decade award.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli named as the ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade while also winning the Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade award consequently. Former Australian team captain Steve Smith has scored 7040 runs with an impressive average of 65.79. He hits 26 hundred and 26 half-centuries during the ICC Awards period.
ICC tweeted on its official handle by saying “STEVE SMITH is the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade, 7040 Test runs in the #ICCAwards period, 65.79 average Highest in top 50, 26 hundred, 28 fifties, Unique, relentless and unbelievably consistent.”
🇦🇺 STEVE SMITH is the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade 👏👏— ICC (@ICC) December 28, 2020
🏏 7040 Test runs in the #ICCAwards period
🅰️ 65.79 average ➜ Highest in top 50
💯 26 hundreds, 28 fifties
Unique, relentless and unbelievably consistent 🙌 pic.twitter.com/UlXvHaFbDz
ICC decides to name Afghanistan mystery spinner Rashid Khan as Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Decade. Rashid Kahn gets fame in white-ball cricket, especially across the shortest formats. In the ICC Awards period, Rashid has been picked 89 wickets at a healthy average of 12.62.
🇦🇫 RASHID KHAN is the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade 👏👏— ICC (@ICC) December 28, 2020
☝️ Highest wicket-taker in the #ICCAwards period ➜ 89
🅰️ 12.62 average 🤯
💥 Three four-wicket hauls, two five-fors
What a story ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Y59Y6nCs98
The ICC also announced the Test team of the Decade in which Virat Kohli was named as the skipper of the ICC's XI team. The line-up includes some notable players like Alistair Cook, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, and Kumar Sangakkara. The bowling side is covered by Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and R Ashwin.