Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Mahaboob Alam
Mehaboob Alam in action.
Nepalese left-arm seamer Mahaboob Alam has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he became the first man to take all ten wickets in an innings in a match between Associate/Affiliate countries in a World Cricket League Division Five match in Jersey.
His final analysis of 7.5-1-12-10 helped Nepal to a crushing 219 victory as they bowled the African side out for just 19 after having made 238 for seven.
Nine Mozambique batsmen picked up ducks, while extras was the second best score with eight.
Five batsmen were clean bowled, four were trapped in front, with one caught behind. Nepal's strong performances are marking them out as frontrunners for the World Cricket League Division Five in Jersey, which is the first step on the long road to World Cup 2011 qualification.
While two thrilling Test matches between England and New Zealand and West Indies and Australia were played out, Alam's record-breaking feat stood out. Another man who broke a record this week was Andrew Strauss, whose 106, the first Test century in a fourth innings at Old Trafford, set England up for a win over New Zealand.
Also in contention were century makers in Jamaica Shivnarine Chanderpaul (118) and Ricky Ponting (158). Chanderpaul's effort was remarkable given that he had been knocked out by a Brett Lee bouncer before making it to three figures.
Strauss, Chanderpaul, and Ponting will all most probably score centuries again, while ten wickets in an innings happens so rarely that Alam was a unanimous choice for this week's award.
The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.
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