The nominees for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for August 2023 have been revealed.

Two Pakistani players and an explosive West Indian wicket-keeper have been named to the ICC Men’s Player of the Month shortlist for August 2023.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam

Babar Azam, a two-time ICC Men’s Player of the Month, will attempt to win the coveted award for the third time after being nominated for August 2023.

With two fifties and a century, the top-ranked batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings maintained his hot streak from the previous month.

Babar did not trouble the scorers in the first ODI of the three-match series against Afghanistan, but he quickly recovered with two consecutive fifties.

In the second ODI, the Pakistan captain shared a crucial 118-run stand with Imam-ul-Haq, laying the groundwork for a thrilling last-over encounter. In the chase, Babar scored 53 runs and was well supported by Imam (91 runs) and the lower order.

With Naseem Shah once again proving to be a nightmare with the bat for Afghanistan, Pakistan won the match with a ball and a wicket to spare.

He then added another crucial 60 to help his team reach a commendable total of 268/8. Pakistan’s bowlers excelled, securing a comfortable 59-run victory to complete a 3-0 series sweep.

His outstanding form carried over to the Asia Cup, where he scored a stunning 131-ball 151 against Nepal in the tournament’s opening match. During the innings, Babar became the fastest player in ODI history to score 19 centuries.

The century also tied him with Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar for the most centuries (31) for Pakistan across all formats. Only Younis Khan (41) and Mohammad Yousuf (39) have more hundreds than Inzamam-ul-Haq (35) now.

Pakistani Shadab Khan

In the month of August, Pakistan’s star all-rounder Shadab Khan made crucial contributions with both the bat and the ball, earning him a Player of the Month nomination.

His 39 off 50 in the first ODI against Afghanistan helped Pakistan to a respectable total of 201. He scalped Abdul Rahman with the ball as Pakistan bundled Afghanistan out for 59.

Shadab’s batting prowess was on full display in the second ODI, where he was named Player of the Match after scoring 48 off 35 balls. His outstanding performance with the lower-order batsmen changed the game, propelling Pakistan to a thrilling victory.

He bowled 3/42 in the final ODI, accounting for Riaz Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Shahidullah, who broke the back of Afghanistan’s batting line-up as Pakistan completed a 3-0 sweep.

Shadab continued his impressive form with a four-for against Nepal in the Asia Cup opener. This time, he used his cunning and cunning to demolish Nepal’s lower-order, recording figures of 4/27.

Pooran, Nicholas (West Indies)

Nicholas Pooran was a thorn in India’s side in August, when the West Indies ended a six-year drought against the Men in Blue with a T20I series win.

Pooran scored a measured 34-ball 41 to help West Indies reach 149/6 after batting first. The total was enough for the Windies to secure a thrilling four-run victory over India.

The measured knock was followed by an explosive 40-ball 67, which included six fours and four sixes. The innings took the game away from India, and despite a collapse following his wicket, West Indies’ ninth-wicket pair won the game in a tense match.

Pooran, on the other hand, suffered setbacks in the third and fourth T20Is, scoring 20 and one respectively, allowing India to rally and force a decider.

Pooran smashed a crucial 47 off 35 balls in the final match as West Indies cruised to an eight-wicket win chasing 166.

Pooran was named Player of the Series after scoring the most runs with 176 at a strike rate of 141.93.