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25 February | 2024

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Babar Azam, Shadab Khan on ICC Men’s Player of the Month shortlist

Pakistan captain enjoys a fine spell with bat in August, scoring valuable runs as his side claimed a whitewash series victory over Afghanistan, posting a three-figure score in their opening Asia Cup fixture

The International Cricket Council (ICC) shared names that comprise the nominees for the Player of the Month awards for both men and women cricketers of world’s top sporting teams.

Following a number of competitive white-ball fixtures that took place during August, five nations are represented among the candidates vying for the accolades as voting commences among the panel and global cricket fans. The nominees for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award features two stars of Pakistan’s recent One Day International (ODI) success, as well as the Player of the Series in the West Indies’ T20I triumph over India.

Babar Azam, Shadab Khan on ICC Men’s Player of the Month shortlist
Shadab Khan was prolific, demonstrating his bowling threat with wicket-taking spells in same fixtures against Afghanistan

As Pakistan continue their preparations ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India, skipper Babar Azam enjoyed a fine spell with the bat in August, scoring valuable runs as his side claimed a whitewash series victory over Afghanistan, and posting a three-figure score in their opening Asia Cup fixture. At other end of the crease, Shadab Khan was also prolific, demonstrating his bowling threat with wicket-taking spells in the same fixtures.

Completing the lineup is West Indies’ short format hero Nicholas Pooran, who was named the star man for spearheading his side’s 3-2 T20I series victory against India on home soil. The shortlist for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award features three first-time nominees; a dynamic Malaysian all-rounder, a skilful Irish seamer and a firing Dutch opener.

West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran was named the star man for spearheading his side’s 3-2 T20I series victory against India on home soil

Ainna Hamizah Hashim was a key figure for Malaysia, chipping in with valuable runs and taking vital wickets against Kuwait and Nepal, before registering a good performance in their opening fixture in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia qualifier. On the shortlist is Ireland’s Arlene Kelly, who blitzed the Netherlands batting lineup with a host of wickets in their recent T20I series victory.

Providing some resistance for the Dutch was opener Iris Zwilling, who posted half-centuries atop the order against Ireland and Jersey during her successful month. An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world will now be invited to cast their votes to decide the winners, which will be announced next week. Fans registered at the ICC’s official website will be able to vote for their favorite performers until Sunday.

ICC Voting Academy and fans will now be invited to cast their votes to decide winners before next week announcement

Collective success at the upcoming ICC World Cup will be in focus, Babar Azam has celebrated several personal accolades in recent months, not least the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year for his performances last year. Now, he sets his sights on becoming the first men’s cricketer to win three ICC Men’s Player of the Month Awards after scores of 53 and 60 helped secure a 3-0 ODI series victory over Afghanistan, and a mammoth 151 ensured Pakistan routed Nepal in the Asia Cup opener last month.

The three nominees for either category are shortlisted based on performances from the first to the last day of each calendar month. The shortlist is then voted on by the ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The academy comprises prominent members of the cricket fraternity, including former players, sports journalists, broadcasters and members of the ICC Hall of Fame.

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