ICC confirms contenders for December Player of the Month Awards

Dubai, Jan 5 (FN Agency) The ICC has on Thursday revealed the names shortlisted for the Player of the Month awards for December 2022, casting light on the outstanding performers across men’s and women’s international cricket during the month. The shortlist for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for December features three batters who piledon the runs during ICC World Test Championship (WTC) battles last month. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is nominated and seeks his third Player of the Month crown followinga fruitful month at the crease, with two centuries in home Tests against England and New Zealand. England’s Harry Brook is shortlisted thanks to a breakout month with the bat, scoring centuries in each of their Tests during the 3-0 series victory in Pakistan. The final contender is Australia’s Travis Head, who excelled in their WTC series against both West Indies and South Africa, scoring consistently throughout.

The nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month all enjoyed remarkable form during their respective short format series during December. New Zealand icon Suzie Bates celebrates her first nomination for the award after a glut of runs helped her team secure T20I and ODI series victories over Bangladesh.Charlie Dean is shortlisted for the award after her superb form inspired England on their successful white-ball tour of West Indies. The lineup is completed by Ashleigh Gardner, whose brilliance for Australia in their T20I seriesvictory against India helped her reach the summit of the ICC Women’s T20I Player rankings forall-rounders. An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world can now vote to decide the winners, which will be announced next week.