The stature of Pakistan cricket team captain and star batsman Babar Azam is growing by the day in the current cricket era. He reaches a new milestone every day. When the ICC announced the nominations for the August Player of the Month in this series on Thursday, it also set a record here. Babar Azam has been nominated for the fifth time and is the most nominated player. At the same time, Babar was also twice awarded this award. What is special is that there is no Indian in the top 5 list of most nominated cricketers.
Another record for Babar’s goal
In fact, this list is a combined list of men’s and women’s cricket. There is no Indian cricketer or female cricketer in this top 5 list. While Babar Azam has now risen to the top by leaving Joe Root. Babar Azam has been nominated for the fifth time and his eyes are now on his third title. Previously, Babar Azam and Shakib Al Hasan have each won this award twice. That means if Babar wins this award this time, he will surpass Shakib and be at the top when it comes to winning this award the most times.
Most Player of the Month nominations
- 5 – Babar Azam (Pakistan)
- 4 – Joe Root (England)
- 4 – Ashleigh Gardner (Australian Women’s Team)
- 4 – Gabby Lewis (Irish women’s team)
- 4 – Nat Seaver Brunt (England women’s team)
The challenge of these two players to Babar Azam
Babar Azam has received the Player of the Month nomination for the fifth time. But the other two players who were nominated by the ICC for August 2023 are not standing in anyone’s way either. West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran and Babar Azam’s compatriot Pakistani star all-rounder Shadab Khan were also nominated. If Babar wants to set a record for the third time by winning this award, he must rise to the challenge of these two players. However, Babar’s current form has been tremendous and within a few days he’s notched up two half-centuries and a century in five innings. It now remains to be seen who will be voted this year’s Player of the Month based on the ICC panel and voting.