Karachi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the nominees for the ICC Player of the Month Awards for July to recognise the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket.
Emerging pacer from Pakistan, Fatima Sana has been nominated for ICC Women’s Player of the Month alongside West Indies captain Stefanie Taylor and batter Hayley Matthews.
Nominees for the ICC Women’s #POTM for July 2021 are here!
Who do you think is in the list?
— ICC (@ICC) August 8, 2021
The 19-year-old Fatima had an impressive series against West Indies where she ended as the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the ODI series with 11 wickets coming at an average of 15.09.
In the final two ODIs, she returned with figures of 4/30 and 5/39 that helped Pakistan take the win on both occasions. Her 5/39 was Sana’s maiden five-wicket haul which came alongside a quickfire 28* off 19 balls with the bat.
On the other hand, Australia’s Mitchell Marsh, Bangladesh’s Shakib-ul-Hasan, West Indies’ Hayden Walsh Jr are the nominees for ICC Men’s Player of the Month.
An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world can now vote to decide the winners, which will be announced next week. Fans registered on icc-cricket.com/awards are invited to cast their votes for their favourite ICC player of the month for July in both categories.
It must be noted that ICC started this award at the start of the year 2021. In April, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was named as the player of the month.