ICC announces January awards nominees

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has kicked off its ‘Player of the Month’ awards voting.

ICC announces January awards nominees

Six players (men and women) have been nominated for the awards. One from men and women each will be announced winners on February 8.

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The nominees are: Joe Root (England), Rishabh Pant (India) and Paul Stirling (Ireland) in men’s category, and Diana Baig (Pakistan), Shabnim Ismail (South Africa) and Marizanne Kapp (South Africa) in women’s category.

English captain Root amassed over 400 runs in two Tests against Sri Lanka, including a double hundred at Galle. Pant played a main role in drawing Sydney Test with 97 and pulling off a sensational Gabba win in the next match, making unbeaten 89 runs.

Stirling made three centuries in five matches in the UAE tour – one against UAE and two against Afghanistan.

South African duo Marizanne and Ismail had an eventful home series against Pakistan as the former made 115 runs in white-ball series and the latter bagged a five-for in the second T20I. Diana was the leading wicket-taker (9) in the three-match ODI series.

Fans will be able to vote via the ICC website. Their votes will carry 10% while the ICC Voting Academy will have 90% votes shared. The Voting Academy has panelists (commentators, ex-cricketers and journalists)  from all twelve Test playing nations.