Dubai, February 2
One of the architects of India’s historic win in Australia, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was on Tuesday nominated for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award along with England skipper Joe Root and Ireland’s Paul Stirling.
The International Cricket Council announced the nominees for the inaugural Player of the Month Awards which will “recognise and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year”.
The 23-year-old Pant played two Tests against Australia where he scored a 97 at Sydney to ensure a draw before an unbeaten 89 at Brisbane that led India to a historic series-clinching win.
In January, Root played two Tests against Sri Lanka, where he scored a 228 and 186 and led his team to a 2-0 Test series victory.
The third nominee in the category, Stirling played two ODIs against the UAE and three ODIs vs Afghanistan, where he scored three centuries.
Among women cricketers, Pakistan Diana Baig and the South African duo of Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp were nominated for the monthly honours.
Baig played three ODIs and two T20Is against South Africa, where she led the wicket-takers with nine wickets in the three-match ODI series against South Africa.
Ismail also played three ODIs and two T20Is against Pakistan and took seven wickets in the victorious ODI series against Pakistan, 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 made 115 runs at a strike rate of 110.57 and added three wickets in the ODI series against Pakistan.
Explaining the voting process, the ICC said its Voting Academy, comprising prominent members of the cricket family — including senior journalists, former players, and broadcasters and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame, will primarily decide the winner.
“The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and will retain a 90 per cent share of the vote. Additionally, fans registered with the ICC will be able to vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced and will have a 10 per cent share of the vote. Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels,” the ICC added. PTI