In a thrilling revelation, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has disclosed the nominees for the prestigious Player of the Month Awards for November 2023, recognizing outstanding performances in both men’s and women’s cricket. The nominees represent a stellar lineup of cricketing talent, showcasing remarkable feats on the field.

Men’s Category:

1. Travis Head (Australia):

Travis Head, the Australian batting maestro, has earned his spot on the nominee list for his outstanding contributions in November. Amassing 220 runs in five One Day Internationals (ODIs) with an impressive average of 44, Head played a pivotal role in Australia’s success in the Cricket World Cup. His notable performances in the semi-final and final, where he secured the Player of the Match awards, played a crucial role in Australia lifting their sixth trophy. Notably, Head’s consistency and impactful innings set the tone for his nomination.

2. Glenn Maxwell (Australia):

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s dynamic performances have rightfully earned him a nomination. In three ODIs last month, Maxwell amassed 204 runs at an astonishing average of 204, coupled with a strike rate of 152.23. His stellar performances continued in the T20I series against India, where he scored 116 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 207.14. Maxwell’s impressive inning against Afghanistan in the World Cup, where he scored 201* off 128 balls, showcased his ability to dominate the opposition.

3. Mohammed Shami (India):

India’s fast bowling veteran, Mohammed Shami, has secured his place among the nominees with a golden run extending from the World Cup into November. Shami’s exceptional performance in the World Cup, where he finished as the leading wicket-taker with 24 wickets, carried into November. Picking 15 wickets at an average of 12.06 and an economy rate of 5.68, Shami’s lethal bowling played a crucial role in India’s success. Notable performances include a remarkable 5/18 against Sri Lanka, 2/18 against South Africa, and a sensational 7/57 against New Zealand in the semi-final.

Women’s Category:

1. Nahida Akhter (Bangladesh):

Bangladesh’s batting senior, Nahida, stood out as a sensation in the recent series against Pakistan in November. Her stellar performance, claiming seven wickets at an average of 14.14, earned her the Player of the Tournament accolade. Nahida’s bowling exploits included notable figures of 3/30, 1/43, and 2/26, showcasing her all-round prowess and ability to make a significant impact on the game.

2. Fargana Hoque (Bangladesh):

Fargana Hoque’s consistent batting in the recent ODI series against Pakistan has secured her nomination. Scoring 100 runs at an average of over 36, with a high score of 62, Hoque displayed composure and stability at the crease. Her ability to anchor the innings and contribute crucial runs positions her as a key nominee in the Women’s Player of the Month category.

3. Sadia Iqbal (Pakistan):

Pakistan’s left-arm spinner, Sadia Iqbal, has earned her nomination for her impressive bowling performances against Bangladesh. Notable figures of 4/13 in the first game and two wickets in the subsequent matches showcased Iqbal’s skill and economy. Despite being unable to pick up wickets in the last game, her impactful performances earlier in the series have earned her recognition among the top performers in women’s cricket for November.

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