New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the names of the winners for the Player of the Month award. Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, England captain Joe Root has been selected for the award. Rishabh Pant has been nominated for the award for an unbeaten 89 against Brisbane for 97 against Australia in Sydney, while Joe Root played a brilliant innings of 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka.
The third candidate in this race is Ireland’s Paul Sterling, who has played three ODIs against Afghanistan, two against the UAE. Among the women is Diana Bag of Pakistan, Shabnam Ismail of South Africa. Mr Bagh has taken nine wickets in three ODIs against South Africa, while Ismail has taken seven wickets from his team. The third name is of South African all-rounder Marijen Cap, who scored 115 runs at a strike rate of 110.57 and also took three wickets while playing against Pakistan.
The ICC inaugurated the ICC Player of the Month Award last month to give a new identity to the performances of the best-performing female cricketers in every format throughout the year. The award nominating committee of the ICC will decide three nominations for each category. The winner will be announced on the second Monday of the month.