The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced the nominees for April’s ICC Player of the Month Awards to recognise the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket.
Cricketers Babar Azam (Pakistan), Khushal Bhurtel (Nepal), Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) were nominated for the award in the men’s category, the ICC said in a statement.
The nominees among the women’s cricketers comprised of Alyssa Healy (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand) and Megan Schutt (Australia).
In the month of April, Pakistan captain Babar had become the No 1 ranked batsman in the ICC ODI Player Rankings, ending India captain Virat Kohli’s long reign at the top of the charts.
The three nominees for either category are shortlisted based on on-field performances and overall achievements during that month (the first to the last day of each calendar month).
This 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 family including senior journalists, former players, broadcasters, and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame.