Williamson, Shakib, Asif nominated for ICC player of the month


New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, and UAE’s Asif Khan have been nominated for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for March 2023, announced the global governing body of the sport on Thursday.
After enduring a bit of a lean phase in Test cricket over the last 24 months, Williamson is well and truly back to doing what he does best for New Zealand: batting long and winning matches of cricket for his country.
Bangladesh has become a force to be reckoned with at home, and a lot of it has been down to the all-round exploits of experienced all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Shakib was one of the few bright spots for Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series against England, finishing both as the highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for the Tigers, scoring 141 runs in three matches with two fifties. He also took six wickets in the series. In Bangladesh’s only win of the series, Shakib starred with a 71-ball 75 and followed it up with a four-for to take home the Player of the Match in the hosts’ 50-run win.
Asif Khan was in brutal hitting form during the final phase of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 and played a key role in keeping UAE in the hunt for a direct Qualifier spot until the very last game.