By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the nominees for cricket player of the month for February.
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND), Joe Root (ENG) and Kyle Mayers (WI) are the nominees for the Men’s February nominees while Tammy Beaumont ENG, Brooke Halliday NZ and Nat Sciver ENG were the nominees for the female category.
Ketaki Golatkar the ICC Senior Manager for Media and communications stated in a press release that the 6 nominees were selected due to their performance.
“Ashwin played 3 tests against England as part of India’s ongoing series against them; in these Tests he scored a 106 in the second innings of India’s second Test victory over England at Chennai and took his 400th Test wicket in the third Test victory at Ahmedabad, scoring a total of 176 runs across these games with taking a total of 24 wickets.
England Test captain Joe Root makes it to the list of nominations again this month for his outstanding performance with the bat and the ball.
He scored a total of 333 runs and took 6 wickets overall in the 3 Tests that he played against India. In the first test against India, Root scored a 218 to lead England to victory. From West Indies,
Mayers played 2 Tests against Bangladesh and scored a match winning 210 to help the West Indies successfully chase 395 and win the first Test against Bangladesh. This performance alone is deserving of this nomination,” he noted.
For the female February nominations, “Beaumont’s unbeaten 72 helped England to a comfortable seven wicket win against New Zealand. She played 3 ODIs and passed fifty in each of these against New Zealand, totaling 231 runs.
Halliday of New Zealand also played 3ODIs against England and scored a total of 110 runs and took a total of 2 wickets in these games. Brooke also went on to become just the fourth woman to score half centuries in each of her first two ODI matches.
England Sciver went on to take 5 wickets and score a total of 96 runs in the 3ODIs she played against New Zealand and England, and added an innings of 63 in the second match that they won,” he noted.