Shabnim Ismail bags multiple awards at CSA Award Ceremony

South African fast bowler Shabnim Ismail cleaned up all the major awards at the Cricket South Africa’s Awards on Monday.

The 32-year-old player was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year in an event that was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Shabnim Ismail. (Photograph by Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images)
Shabnim Ismail. (Photograph by Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images)


She also bagged the Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year and SA Women Players’ Player of the Year Awards. Having previously won South Africa’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2015, Ismail is just the third cricketer after Marianne Kapp (2013 and 2014) and Dane van Niekerk (2016, 2018, 2019) to have won the prize more than once.

Ismail has played 1 test match, 105 One-day Internationals, and 95 T20 Internationals for the proteas. She was the first female cricketer to take 150 wickets for South Africa in One-Day Internationals. She won the first edition of ICC’s Women’s Cricketer of the Month earlier this year in January 2021.

Ismail was not the only woman to win awards at the Cricket SA awards. Batter Lizelle Lee won South Africa’s Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.

Lizelle Lee has been a part of the South African side since 2013. Since then, she has represented South Africa in 1 Test match, 76 One-day Internationals, and 61 T20 Internationals. In 2018, the opening batter become the Third South African women player to score 2000 runs in One-Day Internationals.

South Africa had toured India in March 2021 to play a limited-overs series. South Africa won both, the ODI and T20I series, beating Indian women on their home ground.

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