The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the launch of ‘ICC Player of the Month’ awards on Wednesday. The award will give recognition to the most notable performances in the two categories of male and female cricket across all the three formats of the game every month throughout the year.
The player to be awarded the title will be decided based on the number of votes received by them cast by their fans. Fans will get to vote online for their favourite players every month through ICC’s website. ICC Voting Academy members will also participate in the voting along with the fans. The ICC Voting Academy will retain a 90% share of votes, while the share of the votes of fans will be 10%.
“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,” ICC said in their official statement.
January will be the inaugural month of the newly introduced awards. There is already a competitive stock of candidates for January’s voting. Some of the brilliant performers of the month include 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).
“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,” ICC General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice said in a statement.
The ICC Awards Nominations Committee will determine three nominees in all the three formats of the game based on their on-field performances and achievements in a month. ICC will announce the winners of the award every second Monday of each month.