Rishabh Pant was one of the Indian players nominated for the ICC Player of the Month award for January.© AFP
India’s senior off-spinner R Ashwin and swashbuckling wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant were nominated by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday for the newly introduced player of the month awards. Besides Ashwin and Pant, two other Indians – Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan – are also in battle. They all played a great part in India’s recent historic victory in the Test series against Australia. The world organization said the awards will recognize the best performance of both male and female cricket players in all forms of international cricket throughout the year.
Other players named for the January awards include England captain Joe Root, Australian batsman Steve Smith, Rahmanullah Gurbaz from Afghanistan, Marizanne Kapp and Nadine de Klerk from South Africa and Nida Dar from Pakistan.
An independent ICC Voting Academy made up of former players, broadcasters and journalists from around the world will team up with fans to vote for the winners.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager – Cricket said: “The ICC Player of the Month is a great way to connect with fans of the sport and celebrate the achievements of their favorite players throughout the year.
“It gives us all a chance to recognize the world-class performance on the field by male and female cricketers, and they will be plentiful in January.”
The three nominees for each of the categories are determined by the ICC Awards Nominations Committee based on field performance and overall performance during the period of that month (the first through the last day of each calendar month).
The Voting Academy will submit its votes by email and retain a 90 percent share.
Then, fans registered with the ICC can cast votes on the first day of each month through the ICC website and have 10 percent of the votes.
Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC digital channels.
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