Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been nominated as the player of the month for October by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
ICC on Thursday announced the October nominees for the ICC Player of the Month awards, instituted in January this year to recognise the best international performances across formats for male and female cricketers.
The nominees for October in the men's category are Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Pakistan's power hitter and finisher Asif Ali and Namibia's prolific batter David Weise.
Whilst in the women's category Ireland's all-rounder Laura Delany and right-handed batter Gaby Lewis make the list along with Zimbabwe's captain and all-rounder Mary-Anne Musonda.
ICC Men's Player of the Month for October: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Shakib Al Hasan played six T20Is last month as part of the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman. He scored a total of 131 runs with a strike rate of 109.16 and took a total of 11 wickets with an economy rate of 5.59. This is Al Hasan's second nomination in the year.
Asif Ali (Pakistan)
Pakistan's prolific middle-order batter Asif Ali played three T20Is last month also in the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World 2021 where he scored a total of 52 runs with a strike rate of 273.68. His breakthrough performance was when he scored 27 out of just 12 balls to help defeat New Zealand.
David Wiese (Namibia)
Namibian veteran all-rounder David Weise has had a spectacular ICC Men's T20 World Cup so far. He played eight T20Is where he scored a total of 162 runs with a strike rate of 132.78 and took seven wickets with an economy rate of 7.23.
Laura Delany (Ireland)
Ireland's all-rounder Delany played four ODIs against Zimbabwe last month and scored a total of 189 runs with a strike rate of 108.62.
Gaby Lewis (Ireland)
Gaby also played four ODIs against Zimbabwe and scored a total of 263 runs with a strike rate of 77.35. Lewis was the leading run-scorer in Ireland's ODI series win against Zimbabwe, scoring 65, 96 not out and 78 in the last three matches as Ireland recovered from 1-0 down to win the series 3-1 with Zimbabwe.
Mary-Anne Musonda (Zimbabwe)
Musonda captained Zimbabwe in four ODIs against Ireland and scored a total of 169 runs with a strike rate of 90.86. On a day that proved historic for Zimbabwe as they played their first ODI since being granted the status, Mary-Anne Musonda's unbeaten century had powered them to a four-wicket win against Ireland.
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.
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