ICC unveils contenders shortlisted for October Player of Month awards

Dubai, Nov 7 (Agency) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday revealed the latest list of names that comprise the nominees for the ICC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month awards. The ICC Men’s Player of the Month shortlist celebrates three of the top performers from October’s group stage fixtures at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.Jasprit Bumrah was at his destructive best with the ball in the opening exchanges at CWC23, takinga host of important wickets to inspire much of India’s unbeaten start to the campaign, an ICC mediarelease said. Quinton de Kock piled on the runs atop the order for South Africa, registering three century scores during the Proteas blistering start to the tournament.Completing the lineup is Rachin Ravindra, who has shone in his debut World Cup appearance for New Zealand with classy hundreds against England and Australia.

Three modern day icons of the women’s game comprise the shortlist for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for October. Bangladesh left arm spinner Nahida Akter is nominated for the award after producing a trio of wicket-taking performances as her side claimed a see-saw T20I series against a touring Pakistan side. Amelia Kerr scored runs freely during October, contributing strongly in both ODI and T20I contests against South Africa. Finally, West Indies’ all-rounder Hayley Matthews is nominated following notable white-ball heroics in the competitive series in Australia. 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. Fans registered at icc-cricket.com/awards will be able to vote for their favourite performers until Thursday.