ICC unveils contenders shortlisted for October Player of the Month awards

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today revealed the latest list of names that comprise the nominees for the ICC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month awards.

  • Men’s shortlist features eye-catching performers at Men’s Cricket World Cup; Jasprit Bumrah (India), Quinton de Kock (SA) and Rachin Ravindra (NZ)
  • Women’s nominees comprise Bangladesh’s Nahida Akter, New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr, and West Indies’ Hayley Matthews
  • More about the ICC Player of the Month awards is available here

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today revealed the latest group of international superstars in contention to win the ICC Player of the Month awards following an action-packed month of cricket in October.

The ICC Men’s Player of the Month shortlist celebrates three of the top performers from October’s group stage fixtures at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Jasprit Bumrah was at his destructive best with the ball in the opening exchanges at CWC23, taking a host of important wickets to inspire much of India’s unbeaten start to the campaign. Quinton de Kock piled on the runs atop the order for South Africa, registering three century scores during the Proteas blistering start to the tournament. Completing the lineup is Rachin Ravindra, who has shone in his debut World Cup appearance for New Zealand with classy hundreds against England and Australia.

Three modern day icons of the women’s game comprise the shortlist for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for October.

Bangladesh left arm spinner Nahida Akter is nominated for the award after producing a trio of wicket-taking performances as her side claimed a see-saw T20I series against a touring Pakistan side. Amelia Kerr scored runs freely during October, contributing strongly in both ODI and T20I contests against South Africa. Finally, West Indies’ all-rounder Hayley Matthews is nominated following notable white-ball heroics in the competitive series in Australia.

An independent ICC Voting Academy* and fans around the world will now be invited to cast their votes to decide the winners, which will be announced next week. Fans registered at icc-cricket.com/awards will be able to vote for their favourite performers until Thursday.

ICC Men’s Player of the Month Nominees for October:

Jasprit Bumrah (IND)

India’s frontline pacer was at the heart of India’s exceptional bowling displays as they began their campaign in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in destructive style. He started his campaign with an impressive two for 35 against Australia at Chennai, before blitzing Afghanistan with four wickets for 39 runs in Delhi. This continued in spectacular fashion, with the seamer taking two for 19 in a Player of the Match display against rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad which included the prized wicket of Mohammad Rizwan with a brilliant slower ball. In all, Bumrah took 14 wickets at an average of 15.07 during October, also boasting a staggering economy of 3.91.

Quinton de Kock (SA)

The South African opening batter has already announced his retirement from ODI cricket at the end of the Cricket World Cup, but his impact remained as significant as ever during the Proteas’ impressive start to CWC23 in October. Back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka and Australia opened his account for the tournament, and while he failed in subsequent outings against Netherlands and England, he smashed 174 against Bangladesh to restore his form. De Kock’s nomination for Player of the Month is his first since June 2021, and he has a strong case, with 431 runs at an average of 71.83.

Rachin Ravindra (NZ)

Having played in only 12 ODIs prior to the start of the tournament, it can be said that Ravindra’s lightning start to CWC23 took some by surprise, but the 23-year-old immediately grabbed the headlines with 123 in 96 balls as New Zealand secured a nine-wicket opening day victory over defending champions England. Ravindra followed this superb display up with half-centuries against Netherlands (51) and India (75), before a glittering 116 against Australia capped his memorable month. He celebrates his first nomination after notching a total of 406 runs at an average of 81.20 in October.

ICC Women’s Player of the Month Nominees for October:

Nahida Akter (BAN)

Akter celebrates her first nomination in the Women’s Player of the Month awards since November 2021, when she lost out to fellow nominee Hayley Matthews. This time around, Akter seals her spot on the shortlist for her fine bowling displays against Pakistan in Chattogram. The first contest was Akter’s highlight, taking five wickets for eight runs including the dangerous Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen to seal a close five-wicket victory. Two wickets in the second game and one in the last match earned her the Player of the Series crown, and a chance to win her inaugural ICC Player of the Month award.

Amelia Kerr (NZ)

The White Ferns’ influential all-rounder enjoyed another fruitful month owing to several key contributions in the ODI and T20I series in South Africa. She started the month with a century in the final outing of the ODI series before two half-centuries (70* and 61) in the only completed T20Is in Benoni ensured a Player of the Series accolade. With 134 runs in the T20I series at an average of 67 and a strike rate of 135.35, it means she stands in line to win her first Player of the Month crown since February 2022.

Hayley Matthews (WI)

Matthews was last shortlisted for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month crown in June this year, and her latest nomination comes after a blistering display of run-scoring as the West Indies valiantly fell short in October’s T20I series in Australia. The top-ranked all-rounder in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings consistently thwarted the reigning world champions with power-hitting and key wickets on her way to the Player of the Series award. Amassing 310 runs and five wickets in the T20I series, the skipper’s highlight came in the second game, scoring 132 in just 64 balls after a bowling spell of 3 for 36.

The ICC Player of the Month Voting Process: 

The three nominees for either category are shortlisted based on performances from the first to the last day of each calendar month. The shortlist is then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy* and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket fraternity including well-known journalists, former players, broadcasters and members of the ICC Hall of Fame. The Voting Academy submit their votes by email and hold a 90 per cent share of the vote. Fans registered with the ICC can vote via the ICC website, accounting for the remaining 10 per cent. Winners are announced every second Monday of the month on ICC’s digital channels. 

Voting Academy for ICC Player of the Month October 2023: 

Afghanistan: Hameed Qayoomi and Javed Hamim; Australia: Scott Bailey and Lisa Sthalekar; Bangladesh: Mohammad Sekander Ali and Md Ariful Islam Roney; England: Elizabeth Ammon and Lydia Greenway; Ireland: Ger Siggins and Clare Shillington; India: S Gomesh and Irfan Pathan; New Zealand: Merryn Anderson and Craig Cumming; Pakistan: Sawera Pasha and Sana Mir; South Africa: Zaahier Adams and Ashwell Prince; Sri Lanka: Azzam Ameen and Farveez Maharoof; West Indies: Daren Ganga and Stacy Ann King; Zimbabwe: Daniel Nhakaniso and Grant Flower; Others: Ajit Vijaykumar and Dirk Nannes.

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