Hasan Ali nominated for ICC Men’s Player of the Month

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Karachi: Pakistan’s pacer Hasan Ali has been nominated for the ICC Player of the Month Awards for May, world’s governing body announced today.

Besides Hasan, Sri Lanka’s Praveen Jayawickrama and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim are the other two nominees.

The 26-year-old Hasan was in sublime bowling form in the Test series against Zimbabwe. In the two-match Test series, Ali picked up 14 wickets at a staggering average of only 8.92. He began the series with a bang, picking up 9 wickets in Pakistan’s victory in the opening Test match.

He carried forward this form in the second Test as well, bowling a devastating spell in the first innings, registering figures of 5/27, as Pakistan completed a 2-0 whitewash.

Jayawickrama, left-arm orthodox spinner, had a debut to remember during Sri Lanka’s second Test against Bangladesh in Pallekele.

He became the first bowler in 33 years to pick up twin five-wicket hauls in his maiden Test, bamboozling the visitors. He ended with match figures of 11/178, the best by a Sri Lankan bowler on Test debut.

On the other hand, Mushfiqur Rahim scored 237 runs at an average of 79 and a strike rate of 88.43 in the three-match ODI series in Dhaka.

Read: Babar Azam voted ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021

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