Mushfiqur nominated for Player of the Month

For the first time since its introduction, a Bangladeshi player has been nominated for ICC’s Player of the Month awards.

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Mushfiqur Rahim is named alongside Sri Lanka’s Praveen Jayawickrama and Pakistan’s Hasan Ali for the Men’s Player of the Month award in May.

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Mushfiqur pulled off a player-of-the-series performance in the three-match World Cup Super League series against Sri Lanka that helped Bangladesh bag 20 points to sit on top of the table.

The wicket-keeper batter aggregated 237 runs, including match-winning knocks of 84 and 125 in the first two ODIs at Mirpur. The hundred in the second ODI was his 8th in the format, as well as at number four position.

Praveen Jayawickrama took best match figures (11/178) by a Sri Lankan Test debutant in the second Test against Bangladesh that began on April 29. His 6/92 and 5/86 secured 209-run win and the series 1-0. Mushfiqur made twin scores of 40 in that match.

Hasan Ali was among top performers for Pakistan in their 2-0 sweep over Zimbabwe. The right-arm pacer took nine wickets in the first Test and a career-best 5/27 in the first innings of the second Test.

For the Women’s Player of the Month award, Scotland’s Kathryn Bryce and Ireland’s Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul have been nominated.

Bryce created a Scottish history of becoming the first player from her country to enter top 10 in either batting or bowling rankings. She is ranked No.10 in Women’s T20 batting rankings and No.3 among the all-rounders. Her leap came after scoring 96 runs and taking 5 wickets in the four T20Is against Ireland.

Lewis (116 runs) and Paul (9 wickets) were the leading performers with bat and ball in Ireland 3-1 series win.

The winners of May will be announced on June 14 (Monday). Fans can submit their votes on ICC website.

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