One of the architects of India’s historic victory in Australia, wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, was nominated for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award on Tuesday, along with England skipper Joe Root and Irish skipper Paul Stirling. The International Cricket Council announced the nominees for the inaugural Player of the Month Awards which will “recognize and celebrate the best performance of both male and female cricket players in all forms of international cricket throughout the year”.
The 23-year-old Pant played two Tests against Australia, scoring a 97 in Sydney to secure a draw for an unbeaten 89 in Brisbane, which led India to a historic victory in the series.
In January, Root played two Tests against Sri Lanka, scoring a 228 and 186 and leading his team to a 2-0 victory in the Test series.
The third nominee in the category, Stirling, played two ODIs against the UAE and three ODIs against Afghanistan, scoring three centuries.
Among the female cricket players, Pakistani Diana Baig and South African duo Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp were nominated for the monthly award.
Baig played three ODIs and two T20Is against South Africa, where she led the wicket-takers with nine wickets in the three-game ODI series against South Africa.
Ismail also played three ODIs and two T20Is against Pakistan and took seven wickets in the ODI series, before taking five wickets in the second T20I against the same opposition.
Her compatriot all-rounder Marizanne played two ODIs and two T20Is against Pakistan, where she scored 115 runs with a strike rate of 110.57 and added three wickets in the ODI series against Pakistan.
ICC explained the voting process, saying that the Voting Academy, made up of prominent members of the cricket family, including senior journalists, former players and broadcasters, and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame, will determine the winner in the first place.
“The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and keep a 90% share,” ICC said in a press release.
In addition, fans registered with the ICC will be able to vote through the ICC website once the shortlisted players have been announced and have 10 percent of the vote.
“Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC digital channels.”
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