ICC Award
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ICC Award: ICC Women’s Player of the Month for February 2024: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the list of the latest awards for women, in which the names of star cricketers in world cricket are included.

One player in this award category is Australia’s brilliant star player Annabel Sutherland, and two players from the UAE are Isha Oza and Kavisha Agodage, who caught the attention of the audience with their amazing batting performances and unusual shorts.

Annabel Sutherland (Australia)

With her epic double century in the one-shot Test match against South Africa, Annabel Sutherland completely changed the course of history.

Before the Test series, Sutherland contributed to Australia’s victory in the ODI series, which the hosts lost 2–1. The versatile all-rounder not only grabbed two wickets but also scored valuable runs.

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Sutherland found that the format modification of the Test was fortunate. Australia chose to bowl first and promptly bowled South Africa out for just 76 runs.

Sune Luus, Tazmin Britts, and Delmy Tucker were all removed by Sutherland’s medium-paced bowling, which completely destroyed the Proteas middle order.

Sutherland’s outstanding batting efforts, which included a speedy double-century, were a direct result of her bowling success. She surpassed fellow Australian Karen Rolton (306 balls) to set a new record for the fastest double century in women’s cricket, scoring it in just 248 balls.

As the ninth Australian woman overall and the fifth overall to achieve a double century in a Test match, Sutherland joined an exclusive group. She became the second-youngest double centurion in Test cricket history at the age of 22, behind only Mithali Raj, who accomplished the feat at 19.

Sutherland was eventually out for 210, three runs shy of the best Australian score in women’s Test cricket history, 213*, set by Ellyse Perry.

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ICC Women's Award
ICC Women’s Award

Isha Ojha (UAE)

ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year 2022 Isha Ojha led by example as she finished as the leading run-scorer in the UAE’s victorious campaign at the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) Women’s Premier Cup.

The captain of the United Arab Emirates kicked off the Twenty20 International event against China with a blistering 36 off 32 balls. In the second game, she stunned everyone with a stunning 114* off 69 balls, her third century in the shortest format.

Oza was part of the UAE’s victorious pursuit against Japan in the next match, going undefeated at 24*, however she lost the next two.

Nonetheless, the 26-year-old gave an outstanding performance against Malaysia in the tournament final. With three fours and sixes in an inning of 53 runs in 51 balls, Oza was a major contributor to UAE’s impressive 105 scores. 

In addition, he contributed significantly with the ball and claimed one wicket, bringing Malaysia’s total run score down to 68.9 due to the UAE’s 37-run victory in the final.

Oza was named Player of the Tournament and Player of the Match for his outstanding effort in the match’s pivotal finale.

Kavisha Agodage (UAE)

Behind Isha Ojha in the run-scorer charts of the ACC Women’s Premier Cup was her teammate and opening partner Kavisha Agodeze, who not only scored the second-highest runs but was also the joint-fourth-highest wicket-taker.

Agodeze won the player of the match against China as he opened the competition with an outstanding all-around effort. With her brilliant 69* off 61 balls, she helped UAE to a commanding first-time total of 155/1.

She then used her crafty off-spin to take three wickets of middle-order players.Contributing consistently with the bat, Agodej recorded scores of 38, 34*, 26 and 21, along with four wickets throughout the tournament en route to the final.

In the final, Agodeze played a vital role scoring a crucial 30, and sharing an opening partnership of 84 runs with his captain. The 26-year-old also added to her all-round skills by taking one wicket, culminating in a stellar performance in the tournament as the UAE ultimately lifted the coveted trophy.

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