Story by Anashe Murombedzi
Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza is on the verge of getting another top gong after he was shortlisted for the International Cricket Council Men’s T-20 Cricketer of the Year Award.
The 36-year-old was exceptional during the Chevrons’ campaign to qualify for the ICC men’s T20 World Cup in Australia scoring 735 runs and led the wickets charts by taking 25 wickets in 24 matches at an excellent economy rate of 6.13.
His exploits also saw him being snapped up by Punjab Kings for the 2023 Indian Premier League, where he will follow up in the footsteps of Tatenda Taibu, Raymond Price and Brendan Taylor, who also played in the lucrative league.
This has seen Raza becoming the only Zimbabwean to be nominated for the ICC men’s T20 Cricketer of the Year Award.
Raza will have to contend with England’s T20 World Cup winner Sam Curran and Suryakumar Yadav from India who is on the chase with 781 runs in his name.
Pakistan’s Mohamed Rizwan, who completes the four stars, is hoping to get the award for the second time after scooping it in 2021. He scored 960 runs in 25 games.