For Sri Lanka’s record breaking Test debutant, Praveen Jayawickrama, who burst into international cricket in a spellbinding fairytale roller coaster Test debut record breaking 11 wicket match haul, it could well be the harvest to an as fabulous ICC global award that would set him in an unique groove of valour.
Indeed, the tilt just on the blocks has set up the sensational 22-year old Sri Lankan discovery in the art of leg-break bowling, for international stardom if he wins the coveted International International Cricket Council (ICC) Player of the Month for May. To get there, Jayawickrama has to get past two other nominees – Pakistan’s Hasan Ali who claimed 14 wickets from two Tests against Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh, who played one Test and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka and helped his country win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka scoring 125 in the second ODI.
The ICC Voting Academy giving its thumbs up to nominees comprises prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, broadcasters, and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame. The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and retain a 90 percent share of the vote.
The ICC voting franchise is interestingly broad-based to fans registered with the ICC who have a 10 percent voting share and will vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced .
Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels. (ICC)