ICC Player of the Month awards introduction was announced today by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
It will acknowledge and commemorate best performances of both male and female cricket players across all platforms of international cricket all year round.
ICC announces ‘Player of the Month’ awards 🎉
Fans can have their say, alongside an expert panel!
Register on the ICC website to vote on the first of each month 🗳️
— ICC (@ICC) January 27, 2021
A team will be formed of independent ICC Voting Academy consisting of former players, broadcasters and journalists from around the globe. They will team up with fans to vote for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month and ICC Women’s Player of the Month.
The first player of the month awards became a highly competitive affair as there have been remarkable performances during the month of January.
From performances from youngsters such as Mohammed Siraj (IN), Washington Sundar (IN), T. Natarajan (IN), Rishabh Pant (IN), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (AFG) to established players such as Ravichandran Ashwin (IN), Joe Root (ENG), Steve Smith (AUS), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Nadine de Klerk (SA), Nida Dar (PAK), there will be no shortage of contestants for the month of January.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager – Cricket said, “The ICC Player of the Month is a great way to connect with fans of the sport and celebrate performances of their favourite 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.”
The nomination and voting procedure:
Three nominees from each category will be determined by the ICC Awards Nominations Committee. They will make their decision based on on-field performances and overall achievements during that month.
The shortlisted candidates will then be voted for by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans from across the world.
The Voting Academy votes will be given in via email and will hold a 90% share of the vote.
Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on ICC’s digital channels.