The International Cricket Council (ICC) made the announcement today regarding the winners of the ICC Player of the Month awards for the month of August 2022. Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe and Tahlia McGrath of Australia were selected as the recipients of these awards due to their exceptional performances on the international stage during the month of August.
Raza was able to rack up an impressive set of runs against Bangladesh and India in Harare, spanning two One-Day International series, and as a result, he was awarded the ICC Men’s Player of the Month title. During the historic 2-1 series triumph against Bangladesh, the all-rounder scored two superb undefeated centuries (135 not out and 117 not out). In both instances, he ensured victory for his team in a spectacular manner while chasing large scores. He continued his fantastic form demonstrated throughout 2022 by scoring another remarkable century later in the month when playing India, even though his team lost the match. In addition to his successes as a batsman, Raza demonstrated his danger as a bowler in the shorter format by collecting seven wickets throughout the month.
Raza is the first Zimbabwean international player to receive the ICC Men’s Player of the Month title. He won the honour by defeating other candidates and top all-rounders Mitchell Santner of New Zealand and England’s Ben Stokes, both of whom excelled during an exciting month of men’s cricket.
Raza said the following in response to learning that he had been selected as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for the month of August: “I’m immensely humbled and honoured to have earned the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award from the ICC. Being the very first Zimbabwean to ever take home the prize makes the accomplishment that much more humbling.
I would want to thank everyone who has been in the changing room with me over the last three to four months, particularly the technical staff and the players. It has been an honour to work with all of you. If it weren’t for them, none of this would have been possible. Lastly, I would want to take this time to thank all of the fans in Zimbabwe and outside for all of your prayers and wishes. I want you to know that they are being received well, and I will be eternally thankful.”