The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced the nominees for the ICC Player Of the Month for March. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, Australia Test captain Pat Cummins, and West Indies Test skipper Kraigg Brathwaite were nominated for ICC Men’s Player of the Month.
England left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, Australian opener Rachael Haynes, and South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt were the nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month.
Babar Azam, Pat Cummins included in ICC Men’s Player Of The Month nominees for March
Babar Azam amassed 390 runs at an average of 78 against Australia in the three-match Test series, in which Australia triumphed 1-0 on their return to Pakistan after a 24-year hiatus. In the Karachi Test, Babar missed his double-hundred but the Pakistan captain batted with determination and grit for 10 hours and seven minutes to score 196 off 425 balls to salvage a draw for the hosts.
Cummins was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the series with veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon as the duo picked 12 wickets each in the three Tests. Cummins claimed figures of 5/56 in the first innings of the series-decider in Lahore as Pakistan’s innings folded up at 268 and Australia eventually won by 115 runs to clinch the hard-fought Test series.
Brathwaite was the leading run-scorer in the three Tests between West Indies and England in the Caribbean. The 29-year-old accumulated 341 runs at 85.25 and faced 673 balls in the second Test in Barbados to deny England a chance of victory, it was the most balls faced by a West Indies batter in a single Test. West Indies won the third Test by 10 wickets to clinch the series 1-0.
Rachael Haynes, Sophie Ecclestone named ICC Women’s Player Of The Month nominees for March
Ecclestone was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 in New Zealand. The left-arm spinner snapped 21 scalps in nine games at an economy rate of 3.84 and an average of 15.62. She registered her ODI career-best figures of 6/36 against South Africa in the semi-final clash as the Proteas were bowled out for 156 in 38 overs.
Haynes was the second-most run-scorer in the tournament with 497 runs in nine innings at an average of 62.12 only behind her opening partner Alyssa Healy. The 35-year-old kicked off the tournament with a splendorous 130 against England in their first game in Hamilton.
Wolvaardt ended as South Africa’s most run-getter in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 with 433 runs in eight matches. She scored five half-centuries in the marquee event, the most by a player in this edition.