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Babar Azam, Alyssa Healy Voted ICC Players of Month for April 2021

Pakistan cricketer. Photo: ICC

Dubai, May 10 (MNN) The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday that Pakistan’s Babar Azam was the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021.

From the Australian camp, Alyssa Healy was deservingly named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for April 2021.

The winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for April recognise and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year.

Azam won for his consistent and outstanding performances across all formats in the recently concluded series against South Africa and was chosen as the April winner by fans and the ICC voting academy, the world cricket body said.

Babar’s match-winning 82-ball 94 in the third ODI against South Africa helped him gain 13 rating points to reach a career-best 865 points. He also contributed 122 from 59 balls in Pakistan’s successful chase in the third match of a T20I series against the same opposition.

Commenting on Azam’s performance in April, former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja — representing the ICC Voting Academy — said: “The world bats in two ways in white ball cricket. One way is to destroy attacks with muscle and force and then there is the Babar Azam way, like conducting a batting symphony with punch, panache and flair, and he deserves to win this award.”

The ICC said Healy’s consistency with the bat has been a significant part of Australia’s dominance, showing her class in all conditions and against all types of bowling in the recent series against New Zealand.

Healy played three ODIs versus New Zealand, scoring 155 runs at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 98.72.

Her efforts saw her finish as the leading run-scorer in Australia’s series victory over New Zealand that extended their record-winning streak to 24 ODIs.

Commenting on Healy’s performance in April, former West Indies great Ian Bishop — representing the ICC Voting Academy — added: “Healy deserves to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month – April as she added the runs at the top consistently and at a good tempo to help set up Australia’s scoring in chases and target setting across all three games of their record-breaking series.”

Fans can continue to 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 by registering at www.icc-cricket.com/awards.

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