Dubai, June 14 (MNN) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced all-rounder Kathryn Bryce of Scotland and Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh as winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for May 2021.
The award recognises and celebrates the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year.
Bryce is the first player from Scotland, male or female, to make it to the top 10 of the batting or bowling lists in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings released recently.
Kathryn played four T20Is against Ireland where she scored 96 runs and took 5 wickets with an economy rate of 4.76 in May.
Commenting on Kathryn’s performance in May, former cricketer Ramiz Raja said on behalf of ICC Voting Academy: “Kathryn’s all-round game came through in a series that her team lost. She batted with flair and bowled well too and deserved to be the player of the month for May.”
Rahim played one Test and three ODIs against Sri Lanka in the month of May where he helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman said: “Even after 15 years at the highest level, Mushfiqur has not lost his appetite for run-making. He was at his imperious best in the one-day series at home against Sri Lanka, a picture of consistency with the highlight being 125 in the second match which helped his side secure a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
“What made his feat even more notable was that it was Bangladesh’s first-ever ODI series triumph against the 1996 World Cup champions. To shore up the middle order and don the wicket-keeping gloves speaks volumes of his fitness and skills.”
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.