Last Update on: September 7th, 2023 at 05:15 pm
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unveiled the three nominees for the Men’s Player of the Month for August 2023. Two Pakistan superstars and an explosive West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman have been included in the list following impressive performances during the last month.
This prestigious award will honour one of these exceptional players for their remarkable performances in international cricket. Last month, England fast bowler Chris Woakes claimed the award for his stunning contributions with both bat and ball during the recent Ashes series at home.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, all-rounder Shadab Khan, and West Indies wicketkeeper batter Nicholas Pooran were shortlisted for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August. Following their prolific performances, the three cricketers will face stiff competition for the prestigious award.
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Babar Azam, a two-time ICC Men’s Player of the Month, is nominated for the award for his excellent form. The No. 1 ODI-ranked batter scored two half-centuries and a century. He played a crucial role in his team’s recent successes, including a 3-0 ODI series win against Afghanistan.
The Pakistan skipper smashed a century against Nepal in the first match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. He scored a remarkable 151 against Nepal, becoming the fastest player to reach 19 ODI centuries in cricket history. He has now completed 31 international centuries across formats.
Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
Shadab Khan made significant contributions in both batting and bowling. He scored 39 runs off 50 deliveries in the opening ODI against Afghanistan, contributing to Pakistan’s total of 201. He took the crucial wicket of Abdul Rahman as Afghanistan was bowled for a mere 59 runs.
Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)
Nicholas Pooran played a pivotal role in the West Indies’ T20I series win against India. The left-handed batter scored 41 runs off 34 balls, helping the West Indies secure a four-run victory over India in the first T20I. He played an explosive knock of 67 runs off 40 balls in the next game.
The Southpaw faced some setbacks in the third and fourth T20Is, scoring 20 and one run, respectively. However, he made a comeback with a crucial 47 off 35 balls. He amassed 176 runs at a strike rate of 141.93, earning him the Player of the Series award as the highest run-scorer.