Nayyer Abbas has been named as the Kingfisher Beer Cricket World Club Player of the Year. His tally of 920 runs at an average of 51.11 and 82 wickets at an average of 14.27 is enough to place him top of the when a minimum threshold of 10 matches is applied.
The 2011 season was Abbas’ second season with the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier league side Knypersley following a 2010 season that saw him shine with the ball (he took 52 wickets at 14.46) but struggle with the bat (326 runs at 17.16).
The club obviously saw plenty of batting potential inside him, however, and he started 2011 at number five in their batting line-up.
And they were immediately rewarded with a 48-ball 51 in the opening match of the season against Longton, and he went on to pass 50 on nine further occasions, including a magnificent match-winning 142 from only 126 balls against Stone that helped his side chase down a target of 203 after they had collapsed to 24 for three.
"After a promising first season playing club cricket in England in 2010, in which Nayyer Abbas helped his Knypersley team to win the Staffordshire Cup competition for the first time, he has almost single handedly helped the club retain their Premier League status in the North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Cricket League at the end of a traumatic 2011 season," Allan Smith of Knypersley said.
With the ball, his exploits in 2011 surpassed even those of 2010 as he ended with 10 five-wicket hauls from his 21 matches, including a golden spell in July during which he took 30 wickets from five matches. His best figures of the season came in the final match at home to Porthill Park as he took seven for 51 to help his side avoid relegation.
"During the 2011 season, on ten occasions he had five-wicket hauls or better and on six of these occasions Knypersley claimed their only league wins of the season to finish the campaign third from the bottom to narrowly avoid the drop," Smith added.
"To add to his wicket taking capacity came his ability to control the opposition run scoring rate, as his economy saw him concede just 2.67 runs per over from his 438.1 overs bowled."
Abbas, born in 1990 in Abbas Nagar, a village in the Bahawalpur district of the eastern Pakistani province of Punjab, began his representative cricket career playing for Sheikhupura and Sialkot Under-19s in 2005, before progressing to making his first-class debut for the latter’s full side in 2007 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
He made his List A debut for the same team later that season and, in September 2006, played a solitary Youth Test match against India.
He gradually became an integral part of the Sialkot team during the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons and was chosen to play for Pakistan A in 2009 on their tour of Sri Lanka.
Last winter he left Sialkot in order to play for the State Bank of Pakistan in Division Two of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy where he enjoyed moderate success. The 21 year-old will be hoping that his time with Knypersley has helped advance his international prospects and equipped him well for the winter back in Pakistan.
Fortunately for the club, he will be returning to play again in 2012, when he will follow in the footsteps of his brother Qaiser who played between 2003 and 2005.
"Thankfully for Knypersley Cricket Club, Nayyer has already committed himself to the club for the next two seasons and will be returning to show his all-round match winning skills once again next season," Smith concluded.
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