Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS) Pakistan batter Asif Ali and Ireland all-rounder Laura Delany have been voted the ICC male and female players of the month for October, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.
The 30-year old Ali beat Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Namibia’s David Wiese to the men’s award, and Delany beat teammate Gaby Lewis and Zimbabwe’s Mary-Anne Musonda to the women’s prize.
Ali scored 52 runs without getting out across three matches for Pakistan in October at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scoring at a strike rate of 273.68. He first grabbed headlines at the tournament by blasting 27 not out from 12 balls to help Pakistan defeat New Zealand, but it was what he did in the next game that made him a household name.
With Pakistan needing 24 runs off the final two overs against Afghanistan, Ali hit four sixes in the 19th over to lead his side to victory.
Commenting on Ali’s performance ICC Voting Academy member Irfan Pathan said, “Helping your team to win, especially from the jaws of defeat is what makes Asif Ali special. And he did that not just once but twice.
“Although he scored considerably less than the other two nominated players, the contribution he made and the pressure situations from where he snatched the victories made all the d”fference.”
Ireland captain Delany shone in their 3-1 ODI series win over Zimbabwe. The all-rounder flourished with bat and ball, scoring 189 runs at 63, and taking four wickets at 27.
Commenting on Delany’s performance ICC Voting Academy member Lisa Sthalekar said, “Laura has been playing international cricket for over a decade and has the difficult task of captaining her country, which carries a great weight of expectation.”
“I have been following her career ever since I played alongside her in the Gordon Women’s Club in Sydney and watched her development. This recent series was a breakout series for her as she was able to register her highest ODI score and is a worthy recipient of the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for October,” she added.
Fans can vote every month for their favourite male and female cricketers across all formats of international cricket as part of the ICC Player of the Month initiative.