The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Wednesday (January 27), announced the introduction of the ICC Player of the Month awards which will recognize and celebrate the best performances of both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year.
An independent ICC Voting Academy comprising former players, broadcasters, and journalists from around the world, will team up with fans to vote for the ICC Men's Player of the Month and ICC Women's Player of the Month.
Among the nominated players, 5 Indian players featured in the list who played a key role in India's back-to-back Test series win in Australia after the recently concluded 4-match Border-Gavaskar series. They are Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, T. Natarajan, Rishabh Pant, and Ravichandran Ashwin along with other nominees, such as Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Joe Root (England), Steve Smith (Australia), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), and Nida Dar (Pakistan).
"The ICC Player of the Month is a great way to connect with fans of the sport and celebrate performances of their favorite players through the year. 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", ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice said in a statement.
The nomination and voting process:
The three nominees for each of the categories will be determined by the ICC Awards Nominations Committee based on on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of that month (the first to the last day of each calendar month.)
This shortlist is then voted for by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprising prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, and broadcasters.
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. Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels.
Last year, ICC celebrated the ICC Awards of The Decade which show Indian captain, Virat Kohli winning the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Decade. Virat also bagged the ICC men's ODI Player of the Decade award for his prolific record in the 50-over format. Read more here