The nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August have been revealed.

Two T20I stars from Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as a Malaysian all-rounder, are in contention for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award for August 2023.
Iris Zwilling (Netherlands)

In August, the 21-year-old Dutch all-rounder was in fine form, scoring 178 runs at 29.66 with a strike rate of more than 100 and taking three wickets in six T20Is.

Zwilling smashed half-centuries against Ireland and Jersey from the top of the order, finishing in the top bracket of run-scorers in both series. The Netherlands player, who made her T20I debut in 2019, has now played 41 matches in the game’s shortest format, scoring over 300 runs and taking 38 wickets.

Zwilling, who hadn’t scored a half-century in her T20I career until August of this year, went on to score two in seven days, including a 38 in the second T20I against Jersey.

Ainna Hamizah Hashim (Malaysia)

The Malaysian all-rounder, 23, had a good month with the bat, scoring the most runs in the Malaysia Women’s Quadrangular T20 series. Ainna finished first in the four-team tournament, with Malaysia finishing third.

She scored 91 runs in four innings, going undefeated in three of them. Ainna was named Player of the Match in the third-place play-off against Kuwait for her top score of 46*, a career high in T20Is.

She also got off to a good start with the ball in the ICC Women’s T20 WC Asia Region Qualifier, taking 2/14 against Nepal in Kuala Lumpur.

Arlene Kelly (Ireland)

Arlene Kelly was instrumental in Ireland’s 3-0 victory over the Netherlands, taking 10 wickets in the three-match series, including a five-wicket haul. Kelly took 5/12 in the first T20I to win Player of the Match, assisting in limiting Netherlands to 92/9.

She went on to take 3/11 and 2/20 in the following games to top the series wickets chart and record a stunning average of 4.30 in the three-match series. This is the fourth-best bowling average in a bilateral series in which a bowler has taken at least ten wickets.

It was also only the second time in women’s T20I history that a bowler took 10 or more wickets in a three-game series. Kelly’s performances propelled her to 22nd in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I bowling rankings.