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Afridi scoops Twenty20 player prize

Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi was confirmed on Monday night as player of the tournament for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.

"The 27-year-old did not feature much in the thrilling finale to the event, which India won by five runs, as he bowled his four overs wicketless for 30 and failed with the bat, but he still had a remarkable tournament," the council said in a statement.

The council said Afridi averaged just 15.66 with the ball and boasted a more-than-competitive economy rate of 6.71.

Afridi scored a total of 91 runs.

"He still managed to play some important cameo innings for his country and he certainly didn't waste many deliveries as his strike-rate of almost 200 proves."

Afridi picked up the award from ICC President Ray Mali shortly after his side had lost to India at a packed Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

The council said it was a very close-run contest for the player of the tournament award.

Afridi finished just one point ahead of Australia fast bowler Stuart Clark, Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya, South Africa pacer Morne Morkel and Yuvraj Singh of India.

"The player of the tournament was decided by the commentators for the host broadcaster, ESPN STAR Sports."

All matches, including the final, were considered in choosing the winner of the award, said the council.

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