Babar Azam named ICC Men’s Player of the Month, Alyssa Healy is ICC Women’s Player of the Month
Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the nominees for the ICC April Awards to recognize the best performance of male and female cricketers in all forms of international cricket.
Nominees for ICC Male Player of the Month for April: Babar Azam (Pakistan), Khushal Bhurtel (Nepal), Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)
ICC Player of the Month nominees for April: Alyssa Healy (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia)
Fans can now vote at www.icc-cricket.com/awards for their favorite players from April.
About the ICC Male Player of the Month nominees for April:
In April, Pakistani captain Babar Azam became the No. 1 ranked drummer in the MRF Tires ICC ODI male player rankings, ending Indian captain Virat Kohli’s long reign at the top of the rankings.
Babar’s 82 94 balls in the third ODI against South Africa helped him earn 13 classification points to a career record 865 points. He also contributed 122 of 59 balls in Pakistan’s successful pursuit in Game 3 of a T20I series against the same opposition.
His compatriot Fakhar Zaman also produced a stellar performance during the month, marking two centuries in the ODI Series victory over South Africa, including a magnificent 193 in the second game in Johannesburg.
Rounding out the men’s shortlist, Nepalese Khushal Bhurtel was the race’s top scorer as his team won a tri-series with the Netherlands and Malaysia as well. His significant contribution with the bat totaled 278 races, including four half centuries in five games.
About the ICC Player of the Month nominees for April:
Australia’s Alyssa Healy played three ODIs against New Zealand, scoring 155 points with an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 98.72. Her efforts saw her become the top scorer in Australia’s win streak against New Zealand, which extended her record-breaking streak to 24 ODI.
Her teammate Megan Schutt became the main wicket taker in Australia in the same series, winning seven wickets with an average of 13.14.
New Zealander Leigh Kasperek played two ODIs against Australia, reaching career best six for 46 in game two of the series, and followed with three more wickets in the final game, finishing with nine wickets at an average of 7.77.