The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and Pakistan’s Tuba Hassan as the ICC Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month for May 2022.
Mathews was his side’s best player in the Test series win against Bangladesh. He scored 344 runs at an average of 172 in two Tests, which includes a knock of 199 in the draw at Chattogram, and another century – an unbeaten 145 in Mirpur. Mathews has also become the first Sri Lanka player to be named the ICC Player of the Month. The other two cricketers who were nominated for the award were Matthews’ teammate Asitha Fernando and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim.
“I am absolutely honoured and delighted to be the ICC Men’s Player of the Month. I would like to congratulate Asitha Fernando and Mushfiqur Rahim who were front runners for this award, on their spectacular performances,” Matthews told ICC after receiving the award.
Pakistan’s Tuba Hassan was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month on the back of an excellent debut in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The 21-year-old leg spinner took home the Player of the Series award for picking five wickets at an average of 8.8 and an economy rate of 3.66.
Along with Tuba, the other two women cricketers who were nominated for the award were Tuba’s teammate and captain Bismah Maroof and Jersey’s Trinity Smith. Tuba is the first female player from Pakistan to win the ICC Player of the Month award.