Lizelle Lee nominated for ICC Player of the Month for March

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the nominees for the ICC Player of the Month Awards for the month of March to recognise the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket.

Lizelle Lee recognised

After Shabnim Ismail was named player of the month for January the Proteas Women again feature in March with Lizelle Lee nominated for her efforts in India.

Lee played four ODIs against India where she scored a century and two half-centuries to move to the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings. 

The Proteas opening bat struck a career-best ODI score when she tallied 132 not out against India and she is now 15th on the all-time runscorers list in the format.

ICC Women’s Player of the Month Nominees for March

Alongside Lee in the nominees were a pair of India players who stood out.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad played five ODIs against South Africa and was India’s leading wicket-taker in both the white ball series against the Proteas.

Punam Raut of India played five ODIs against South Africa, where she scored a total of 263 runs at 87.66 with a strike rate of 71.66. Punam was India’s top run-scorer in the ODI series against South Africa, scoring a century and two half-centuries in these games.

ICC Men’s Player of the Month March Nominees for March

In the month of March in men’s cricket, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan took 11 wickets as his team won the second Test against Zimbabwe and followed up with six wickets in the 3-0 T20I victory for his side. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar from India played three ODIs against England where he took 6 wickets with an economy rate of 4.65. He also went on to play five T20Is against them where he took 4 wickets with an economy rate of 6.38. He was the standout bowler on either side in the white ball series between India and England. 

From Zimbabwe, Sean Williams played two Tests against Afghanistan where he scored a total of 264 runs and took 2 wickets. He also went on to play three T20Is against them wherein he scored 45 runs with a strike rate of 128.57.

Voting process

The three nominees for each of the categories are shortlisted 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 on 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 and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame. 

The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and will retain a 90% share of the vote. Additionally, fans registered with the ICC will be able to vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced 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.

Fans can now vote on www.icc-cricket.com/awards for their favourite ICC Player of the Month (March).

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