Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed failed to join his illustrious colleagues’ ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim in winning the ICC Player of the Month award.
Nasum was nominated for this award for his performance against New Zealand in September but the award went to Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichane.
Lamichane was voted the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for September 2021 for his outstanding bowling in the ICC World Cup Super League 2 last month. He played six ODIs and took 18 wickets in total with an economy rate of 3.17. Against Papa New Guinea Sandeep took, 4-35 and 6-11, followed by 4- 18 against Oman.
Nasum indeed was Bangladesh’s star performer in their home T20I series against New Zealand, leaving the visitors bamboozled with his accurate line and length. He picked up eight wickets in the series with a sensational performance of 4-10 in the fourth match. His exploits helped the hosts to emerge victorious with a margin of 3-2 against the visitors.
The third and the final nominee, Jaskaran Malhotra of the USA, also had a month to remember. He became only the fourth player to hit six sixes in an over in an international fixture. This feat came against PNG in a CWCL2 fixture in a scintillating knock of 173*. Overall, in six ODIs he scored 261 runs at an average of 87, at a strike-rate of 104.40.