The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new program which would see them honour the ‘Player of the Month’ across both male and female cricketers.
Fans would also have the opportunity to cast their votes but the majority of the votes will cast by the ICC Voting Academy, consisting of former players, broadcasters, and journalists from around the world.
ICC Player of the Month
This is a first of its kind award that ICC has come up with. An independent panel comprising of fans, broadcasters, and journalists will choose their men’s player of the month and female player of the month.
“The ICC Player of the Month is a great way to connect with fans of the sport and celebrate performances of their favourite players through the year,” ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice, said in a statement.
“It gives us all an opportunity to acknowledge world-class performances on the field by male and female cricketers and they have been in abundance throughout January,” he added.
Voting System for the Award
The three nominees for each of the categories will be decided by ICC’s Award Nominating Committee based on their performance during that particular month. Then these nominees will be voted upon by the independent panel.
The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and will retain a 90% share of the vote. Subsequently, on the 1st day of each month, fans registered with the ICC will be able to submit votes via the ICC website and will have a 10% share of the vote.
When will be the result updated?
The results will be declared on every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels
Nominees for Inaugural ICC Player of the Month Award
Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Siraj, are tipped to win ICC’s inaugural Player of the Month award. The duo is alongside the likes of R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, and T Natarajan to be nominated for the award.
While Siraj grabbed a five-for in Brisbane to end his Australian summer where Siraj was racially abused, Pant too fought his way to itch his name in the history books.
Besides these Indian cricketers, here are some top stars who are also in the fray: England’s Joe Root, Australia’s Steve Smith, Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz, South Africans Marizanne Kapp and Nadine de Klerk as well as Pakistan’s Nida Dar.
ICC Player of the Month – January 2021
Rishabh Pant has been named ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January 2021. Shabnim Ismail gets the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award. This is the first time ICC has introduced the award, voted by ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world.