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Zimbabwe Cricket: Kelis Ndhlovu nominated for ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award

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Teenage sensation Kelis Ndhlovu has been nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award for April following her outstanding performances with the ball against Thailand Women last month.

She becomes the second Zimbabwean woman to be shortlisted for the accolade, following in the footsteps of national team captain Mary-Anne Musonda who was the first to achieve the feat in October 2021.

The 17-year-old all-rounder has made an impressive start to her international career, including appearances at the ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa.

Making her ODI debut for Zimbabwe Women last month, Ndhlovu adapted well against a strong Thailand Women outfit, taking 10 wickets at an average of 5.80 despite her side suffering a series defeat.

Her highlight came in the first showdown in Bangkok, where she picked up five wickets for 22 runs.

Following up with three for 17 and two for 19 in the second and third ODIs respectively, Ndhlovu continues to thrive on the international stage.

The other nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award for April, as announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday, are Thailand Women captain Naruemol Chaiwai and Kavisha Egodage of the United Arab Emirates Women.

The candidates for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April are Mark Chapman of New Zealand, Sri Lanka’s Prabath Jayasuriya and Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman.

An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world will now be invited to cast their votes to decide the winners, who will be announced next week.

Fans registered at icc-cricket.com/awards will be able to vote for their favourite performers until Saturday.

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