The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the winners of the Player of the Month for October on Tuesday. Pakistan batsman, Asif Ali, and Ireland’s batswoman, Laura Delaney, were voted as the winners.
The nominees for the Men’s award were Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Namibia all-rounder, David Wiese, and Asif, while the Women’s award nominations were Ireland’s Gaby Lewis, Zimbabwe’s Mary-Anne Musonda, and Delaney.
“Helping your team to win, especially from the jaws of defeat is what makes Asif Ali special. And he did that not just once but twice. Although he scored considerably less than other two nominated players, the contribution he made and the pressure situations from where he snatched the victories made all the difference,” voting academy member Irfan Pathan stated.
Asif played two cameos in the ongoing T20 World Cup which helped his team snatch victory in the final stages of the game. First, he scored a 12-ball 27 against New Zealand before smacking an 8-ball 25 against Afghanistan – both during run chases.
“Laura is a worthy recipient of the award” – ICC voting member Lisa Sthalekar
Former cricketer and current ICC Voting Academy member, Lisa Sthalekar, praised Laura Delaney’s performances in the recently-concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe, where she had scores of 88, 35, and 68 with the bat at an excellent strike rate of 108.62.
“Laura has been playing international cricket for over a decade and has the difficult task of captaining her country, which carries a great weight of expectation. I have been following her career, ever since I played alongside her in the Gordon Women’s Club in Sydney and watched her development. This recent series was a breakout series for her as she was able to register her highest ODI score and is a worthy recipient of the Women’s Player of the Month for October,” Lisa said.