The Duo Top the List for May 2021
Kathryn Bryce and Mushfiqur Rahim are the recent recipients of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for May 2021, according to a recent poll. This award acknowledges men and women who have delivered outstanding performances during the calendar month (first of the month to last day of the month). The player’s performance is based on international cricket across all formats and does not consider domestic leagues.
Rahim, the petite wicket-keeper batsman, was recognized for his stellar performances during his team’s clash with Sri Lanka. The former Bangladeshi skipper played one Test match and 3 ODIs versus Sri Lanka in May. He garnered an impressive 125 runs in the second ODI, helping Bangladesh win its first-ever ODI series facing Sri Lanka.
This feat was notable for a player who holds several international and national records in the Test format of cricket. He is the first-ever wicket-keeper batsman to score two double hundreds In Test cricket. In addition, the 34-year-old is the only Bangladeshi player who has amassed 150 victories with the national squad.
Kathryn Bryce, the Scottish all-rounder, was the winner on the women’s side after her exemplary display during the four-match T20I series against Ireland. She posted 96 runs and took five wickets at an economy rate of 4.76 in May. Kathryn was the first player, from Scotland, to break into the top ten of the bowling and batting lists of the MRF Tyres ICC Player rankings published recently. The 23-year-old who plays for Lincolnshire in the domestic scene was in 2020 named the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Decade.
To win this ICC Player of the Month award, a player must impress both the ICC Voting Academy and have cricket fans’ votes worldwide. After analyzing the performance of prospective contenders during the month, a shortlist of three players in both the men and women categories is selected. This list is then voted on by the voting academy and fans worldwide. Fans have to register on a portal on the ICC website. The voting share is 90% from the voting academy and 10% from the fans.
The ICC Voting Academy consists of distinguished persons in the cricket fraternity, including senior journalists, former inductees to the ICC Hall of fame, former players, and broadcasters. The voting is done by email, and after tallying it with the fans’ vote, the winner is then declared every second Monday of the month.
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