Bangladesh’s 20-year-old left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman, become the first ever player from the country to make the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
Shakib Al Hasan having been previously named in the 2009 Test Team of the Year, read a report on ICC official website.
The inclusion of Mustafizur — who burst on to the scene over the last year — in the ICC team is indicative of Bangladesh’s progress over the last 18 months. He is joined by India’s Mohammed Shami, who also made the 2014 team.
The Chairman of the ICC Awards Selection Panel, Anil Kumble, said: ‘Team selection is one of the toughest jobs and when you have a large pool of outstanding players to select from in a 12-month period then it becomes even more difficult. It was a particularly busy year, with a series of stellar performances throughout the Test and ODI formats, not least in a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which has greatly enhanced the popularity and profile of the game internationally.’
The ICC on Wednesday announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by the ICC’s Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble.
‘The qualification period ran from 18 September 2014 to 13 September 2015 and the selection panel included past greats of the world game including former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, ex England batsman Mark Butcher, former Australia women’s captain Belinda Clark and G Viswanath, deputy editor of The Hindu and Sportstar.’
‘South Africa’s AB de Villiers, meanwhile, has been selected in the ODI Team of the Year for the fourth time in five years and for the first time as captain. He is one of three Proteas players selected alongside Hashim Amla (also selected in 2013) and Imran Tahir.’