ICC reveals player of month nominees for February

Dubai, Mar 4 (Agency) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday revealed the shortlists of nominees for the ICC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month awards for February 2024. Several high-stakes battles took place last month in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), and among the contenders for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month prize are two premier run-scorers in the longest format, plus a record-breaking ODI batter from Sri Lanka.Yashasvi Jaiswal enjoyed a prolific month at the crease, scoring back-to-back double-hundreds to help India overturn the series deficit against England and win three Tests on the bounce. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson also starred in the WTC competition in February, piling on the runs as his side overcame a touring South Africa. Completing the lineup is Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka, after his record-breaking feats with the bat made history against Afghanistan.

In the women’s game, three promising young all-rounders form the shortlist for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month prize. The UAE can boast two of the nominees as Kavisha Egodage and Esha Oza are shortlisted for their trophy-winning exploits in the Asian Cricket CouncilWomen’s Premier Cup. Also looking for her maiden Player of the Month crown is Australia’s Annabel Sutherland, who also set new records in her side’s Test victory over South Africa. 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, an ICC media release said.