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In a first for Pakistan, Fatima Sana bags ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2021 award

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Pakistani pacer Fatima Sana has done the nation proud by not only bagging the International Cricket Council (ICC) Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for 2021 but becoming the first woman cricketer from the country to win an ICC accolade.

The ICC in a statement said that the 20-year-old “impressed one and all with her all-round efforts in 2021”.

Her figures for the year consist of 24 wickets at an average of 23.95 and 165 runs at 16.50 in 16 international matches.

“She became an integral part of Pakistan’s ODI and T20I side owing to her wicket-taking ability as a bowler, and ability to add handy runs down the order at the same time,” the ICC statement read.

The ICC noted that aside from playing at home, Sana toured Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, and “delivered impressive all-round performances everywhere”.

“In fact, 18 of her 24 wickets in the year came in the 11 matches she played against the West Indies. Sana showed a lot of heart against the attacking West Indies batters and succeeded in keeping them at bay,” the ICC said.

The cricket authority said that Sana has “shown good power and range as a lower-order batter too”. While batting at number 8, she posted impressive scores of 28*, 22* and 17* (* = not out) against strong sides like West Indies, South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.

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