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ICC Reveals Star-Studded Nominees For Player Of The Month For April 2023

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Last Update on: May 3rd, 2023 at 04:10 pm

The International Cricket Council has nominated three players for the April 2023 ICC Men’s Player of the Month award. It would be interesting to watch who of the three gets the prestigious ICC Player of the Month title for April 2023, as Shakib-al-Hasan did in March 2023.

The ICC has announced three nominees for the Player of the Month award in March 2023, including Pakistan batter Fakhar Zaman, New Zealand all-rounder Mark Chapman, and Prabath Jayasuriya.

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Two in-form hitters and a record-breaking spinner will compete for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award:

Pakistan achieved their second-highest ODI run-chase in Rawalpindi late in the month, anchored by Fakhar Zaman. The opener hit an unbeaten 180 to help Pakistan chase down a 337-run mark against visiting New Zealand to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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In a high-scoring battle, Pakistan won with 10 balls to spare because of Fakhar’s knock of 17 boundaries and six big sixes.

This was the left-hander’s second century in as many April contests, following his 117 off 114 balls in the first game at the same venue, which helped Pakistan chase down 289.

Fakhar led the run-chase from the start and was only removed in the 43rd over when Pakistan was well on its way to chasing down the winning score. For his heroics, he was named Player of the Match.

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  • Prabath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

Prabath Jayasuriya achieved the milestone faster than any other spinner in the history of the sport, taking 50 wickets in just seven Test matches.

The left-arm spinner hit the milestone in the second Test of the series when he caught Paul Stirling, the centurion from the first innings, on the final day of the contest. Stirling had taken 17 wickets in the two-match Test series against Ireland in Galle.
In his seventh Test game, Jayasuriya became the first player to take 50 Test wickets, breaking the previous record held by spinner Alf Valentine.

As the joint-second fastest person overall to reach this milestone, he joined the ranks of Vernon Philander of South Africa and Tom Richardson of England.

  • Mark Chapman (New Zealand)

In the opening game of the series, a crushing defeat in Lahore, he led New Zealand in scoring with 34 off 27 balls. The left-handed batsman then added an unbeaten 65 off 40 balls with four fours and four sixes even though New Zealand also lost the second game by 38 runs.

Chapman increased his intensity in the remaining two games of the series, scoring his first T20I century as New Zealand chased down 194 in the fifth and decisive match to tie the series.

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Chapman rose 48 spots in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings thanks to his outstanding efforts, moving up to 35th place with a rating of 537 points, a career-high.

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