Shakib Al Hasan was among the nominees announced by The International Cricket Council (ICC) for the Player of the Month for October 2021 with a strong T20 World Cup flavour in the men’s category. The T20 World Cup 2021 began on October 17, with qualifying teams clashing for a spot in the main draw with matches being played in the UAE and Oman.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, along with Scotland and Namibia, qualified for the main Super 12s round. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh joined group 1, consisting of Australia, West Indies, England, and South Africa. On the other hand, Scotland and Namibia joined the group of death featuring India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and New Zealand in group B.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, Pakistan’s Asif Ali, and Namibia’s David Wiese are the trio nominated for October’s accolade, all enjoying fine starts to the tournament in UAE and Oman.
Shakib Al Hasan, David Wiese And Asif Ali Were Nominated For the ICC Men’s Player Of The Month Award For October 2021
Though Bangladesh managed just one won in the main round of the tournament, Shakib Al Hasan was vital in Bangladesh’s negotiation of the First Round, also playing three Super 12 matches before succumbing to an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.
In 6 T20Is, Shakib scored 131 runs at 21.83, though it was perhaps with the ball where the left-armer was more lethal, taking 11 wickets at just 11.18, with an economy of a miserly 5.59. Nevertheless, he managed to keep his no.1 ranking in the ICC T20I All-Rounder Rankings, though he shares the top of the podium with Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi.
Pakistan’s Asif Ali’s batting fireworks have earned him a nomination, with a blitz of 27* from 12 balls in a win over New Zealand, followed by an extraordinary performance against Afghanistan. Asif hit four sixes in an over to lead Pakistan to a grand win over their neighbours, and with four wins in the league stage, they have qualified for the semi-finals.
Namibian all-rounder David Wiese completes the nominations helping the Eagles progress to the T20 World Cup’s Super 12 stage. Scoring 162 runs at an average of 27, with a strike rate of 132.78, Wiese has immediately impacted Namibia’s middle order, with knocks of 66* and 28* against the Netherlands and Ireland. With the ball, Wiese has taken seven wickets at an economy of 7.23.