Dubai, April 11: Pakistan All-Forms Captain Babar Azam and Australian runner Rachael Haynes have been named ICC Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month for March by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday.
Azam had several exciting hitting displays in Pakistan’s multi-format series against Australia recently. He amassed 390 runs in the three Test series, which the hosts lost 0-1.
But Azam’s fine contribution was highlighted by his record-breaking 196 innings in the second Test, which rescued a draw for his team on the final day in Karachi.
His exploits during the following three-match ODI series in March also cemented his claim as the standout player in international cricket for the month. His scores of 57 and 114, the latter helping his team chase down an impressive 349 set by Australia, saw Pakistan clinch the ODI series 2-1.
Azam received the award before Kraigg Brathwaite of the West Indies and Pat Cummins, captain of the Australian Test, and in doing so became the first player to win the ICC Men’s ‘Player of the Month’ award twice, after be crowned in April 2021. .
Rachael Haynes put up a formidable set of displays en route to Australia’s seventh ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup trophy. She scored 429 runs in eight games at an average of 61.28, his exploits at the top of the order proving crucial to his team’s unbeaten run to the final, where they defeated England to lift the trophy in Christchurch in New Zeeland.
His 130 against England in the opening match set the tone for a dominant unbeaten run to the final, while his other standout performance was a graceful 85 during the semi-final win against the West Indies.
She beat out fellow nominees Sophie Ecclestone (England) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) for the award.