The ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August 2023 has been revealed.

Babar Azam has won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month title for the third time, this time in August 2023.

Babar Azam, who now leads the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings, continued to surprise with his remarkable form last month and has been named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August 2023.

Babar defeated colleague Shadab Khan and West Indies hard-hitter Nicholas Pooran to win the accolade for the third time, and the Pakistan skipper was overjoyed.

“I am delighted to be named ICC Player of the Month for August 2023,” Babar stated.

“The last month has been incredible for my team and I, as we have put in some fantastic performances.” With the Asia Cup returning to Pakistan after such a long absence, it was an honor to play in front of the raucous and cricket-crazed crowds of Multan and Lahore. The fact that I struck my second ODI century in front of my home crowd in Multan added to my excitement.

“I’m looking forward to capitalizing on my form as we enter an exciting period of cricket, with the Asia Cup coming to an end and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup just around the corner.” My team and I am delighted to offer joy and happiness to Pakistan’s millions of followers.”

Babar suffered a rare setback in the first ODI against Afghanistan in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka, failing to register any runs.

The Pakistan veteran enjoyed an outstanding month in the Asian subcontinent, dominating in the 50-over format.

He swiftly recovered, showcasing his tenacity with two consecutive fifties. The climax came in the second ODI, when the Pakistan skipper and Imam-ul-Haq put on a crucial 118-run partnership, setting up an enthralling last-over battle.

In the run-chase, Babar provided 53 runs, which were strongly supported by Imam’s 91 runs and the lower-order hitters. Pakistan won the match with a single ball and a wicket remaining.

He followed it up with another critical 60, helping his team to a respectable total of 268/8 in the last ODI. Pakistan’s bowlers shined, securing an easy 59-run victory to complete a 3-0 series sweep.

Babar’s outstanding form continued after the series, as he had a strong start in the present Asia Cup. He put on a show in the tournament opener against Nepal, scoring 151 runs off 131 balls.

During this innings, Pakistan’s captain set a new record by being the fastest player in ODI history to attain 19 ODI hundreds.

This was his 31st century for Pakistan across all formats, putting him on pace with luminaries Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar. In terms of centuries for Pakistan, he now trails Younis Khan (41), Mohammad Yousuf (39), and Inzamam-ul-Haq (35) only by one.