Asif Ali and Laura Delany named ICC Players of the Month


Pakistan’s Asif Ali and Ireland’s Laura Delany have been named the ICC Players of the Month for October.

Ali beat Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Namibia’s David Wiese to the men’s award, and Delany beat teammate Gaby Lewis and Zimbabwe’s Mary-Anne Musonda to the women’s prize.

Ali scored 52 runs without defeat across three matches for Pakistan in October at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scoring at a strike rate of 273.68.

He first grabbed headlines at the tournament by blasting 27 not out from 12 balls to help Pakistan defeat New Zealand, but it was what he did in the next game that made him a household name.

With Pakistan needing 24 runs off the final two overs against Afghanistan, Ali hit four sixes in the 19th.

“Helping your team to win, especially from the jaws of defeat is what makes Asif Ali special. And he did that not just once but twice,” ICC voting academy member Irfan Pathan said of his achievement.

“Although he scored considerably less than other two nominated players, the contribution he made and the pressure situations from where he snatched the victories made all the difference.”

Flourished with bat and ball

Ireland captain Delany shone in their 3-1 ODI series win over Zimbabwe.

The all-rounder flourished with bat and ball, scoring 189 runs at 63, and taking four wickets at 27.

“Laura has been playing International cricket for over a decade and has the difficult task of captaining her country, which carries a great weight of expectation,” Lisa Sthalekar said of Delany’s impressive run.

“I have been following her career, ever since I played alongside her in the Gordon Women’s Club in Sydney and watched her development.

“This recent series was a breakout series for her as she was able to register her highest ODI score and is a worthy recipient of the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for October.”