ICC announces nominees for Player of the Month for November 2021 award

New Zealand's Southee, Australia's Warner, Pakistan's Abid are in men's category, while Bangladesh's Nahida, Pakistan's Anam and West Indies Hayley ar

By Web Desk
December 07, 2021
New Zealand's Tim Southee (Left), Australia's David Warner (Center) and Pakistan's Abid Ali (Right) are the nominees for Player of the Month for November 2021 in men's category.  --Photo Source: ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the nominees for the Player of the Month for November 2021 both in men's and women's category.

The men's category includes three players.

First is Pakistan's right-handed batsman and opener Abid Ali, who averages 49.16 in Tests and has put up some brilliant performances since his debut in 2019. He was exceptional in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month, scoring 133 and 91 and was instrumental in Pakistan's win.

The second is New Zealand's pacer, Tim Southee who has been consistent in November taking wickets across formats for New Zealand both in this year's T20 World Cup as well in T20I series against India and in Kanpur Test too.

While, the third player is Australia's big-hitting opener, David Warner. Warner was exceptional in the T20 World Cup and was also named as the player of the Tournament for his consistency and aggressive knocks. 

He scored two crucial fifties in November in the World Cup and a 49. His knock of 89* against West Indies in Australia's final group match earned him the Player of the Match award. He also scored 49 against Pakistan in the semi-final and 53 in the final against Kiwis.

Meanwhile, the women's category also includes three players. 

First is the Nahida Akter from Bangladesh, as she was the best bowler in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo picking up 11 wickets in at an average of 4.81 including a five-wicket haul in the second ODI.

She also had a strong start to the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2021, picking the important wickets of Javeria Khan and Iram Javed in Bangladesh's thrilling three-wicket victory over Pakistan.

Second is Pakistan's Anam Amin who is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, and bowled well in ODI series against West Indies, emerging as the highest wicket-taker. In three matches, she picked up 9 wickets at 11.22. Her best performance came in the first ODI as she registered figures of 5-35.

She played two matches in the Qualifier in Zimbabwe, picking up one wicket against Bangladesh and following it up with a match-winning performance against the hosts, returning 3-9.

While on third number is Hayley Matthews from West Indies who was brilliant with both bat and ball in November as against Pakistan in ODI series, she scored 57, 26 and 49 in three games. She also picked up three and four wickets respectively in the first two ODIs. For her exploits in the second ODI, she was named Player of the Match.

In the one Women's Qualifier match she registered figures of 2-20 against Ireland.