The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the nominations for the ICC Player of the Month award for the month of August.
The nominations for the best men’s player of the month are; Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi, India’s Jasprit Bumrah, and Joe Root from England. While for the women’s category, the nominations are; Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham, Gaby Lewis and Eimear Richardson from Ireland.
Jasprit Bumrah had shown some fine performances with both the bat and ball in the Test series against England. He took nine wickets in the first Test and had an unbeaten partnership of 89 with Mohammed Shami, which helped India beat England in the second Test at the Lords.
England captain Joe Root also played a crucial role for England in the Test series against India. He scored three centuries in each of the three-Test matches that he played against India last month and reclaimed the number one spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.
The 21-year-old Shaheen Afridi from Pakistan played two Tests against the West Indies last month, in which he performed well with the bowl. He was able to secure the best bowling figures by a Pakistan fast bowler since 2006. He ended the series with a total of 18 wickets in his pocket.
Focusing on the women’s nominations, Nattaya Bootchatham from Thailand played a crucial role with both ball and bat in the series against Zimbabwe last month. She won the Player of the Match award in both their wins against Zimbabwe.
Gaby Lewis from Ireland played some amazing innings with the bat, which helped her team register a win over Germany last month. She struck 11 fours and three sixes in a remarkable 60-ball unbeaten innings of 105.
Eimear Richardson, who is also from Ireland won the Player of the Tournament in Europe Qualifiers of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for her crucial contributions with bat and ball.