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Harry Tector As Ireland’s First ICC Player of the Month

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Harry Tector As Ireland’s First ICC Player of the Month

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Harry Tector, the talented Irish cricketer, has etched his name in history by becoming the first-ever player from Ireland to receive the prestigious ‘ICC Player of the Month’ award for men’s cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) made the announcement in a press release, revealing that Tector’s outstanding performances in One Day International (ODI) matches had earned him this remarkable achievement. Alongside Tector, Thailand’s teenage sensation, Thipatcha Putthawong, secured consecutive Women’s Player of the Month awards, emulating her captain Naruemol Chaiwai’s win in April.

Tector’s journey to this accolade has been fueled by his sustained period of exceptional batting form in ODIs, propelling him to his career-best position of seventh in the ICC Men’s ODI batting rankings. During Ireland’s home series against Bangladesh in May, which marked the conclusion of the ICC Super League, Tector displayed some remarkable batting displays, despite failing to secure a whitewash that would have guaranteed their qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup later this year.

In the series, Tector’s innings were nothing short of sensational. In the first outing, he remained unbeaten with a score of 21 before rain interrupted the game. However, his highlight of the month came in the subsequent match, where he unleashed a ferocious career-best knock of 140 off just 113 deliveries. This blistering innings featured an astonishing ten sixes, enabling Ireland to post a formidable total of 319 runs.


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While Ireland’s route to the World Cup now relies on their performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, set to commence in a week’s time, Tector’s exceptional form positions him as a key threat in the tournament. Reflecting on his achievement, Tector humbly acknowledged the support he received from his teammates and coaching staff, emphasizing that cricket is a team sport first and foremost.

Expressing his gratitude, Tector stated, “I am delighted with the award and would like to thank those who voted for me. However, this award is a testament to the performances and progress of the Ireland Men’s squad. Without the support of Heinrich, Andrew, and the dedicated group of coaches and players I work with, I wouldn’t have been able to win this award.”

Tector also highlighted the significance of his win, as it marked the first time an Irish player received the men’s ICC Player of the Month award. He expressed his belief that it won’t be long before more Irish players are recognized in this manner, demonstrating the growth and development of cricket in Ireland.

While Tector’s accomplishment is remarkable, he faced tough competition for the award. Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto and Pakistan’s Babar Azam, the current holder of the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year, also showcased outstanding performances in ODIs during the month of May.

In the women’s category, Thipatcha Putthawong of Thailand clinched the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award. Putthawong’s exceptional bowling figures during Thailand’s gold-medal-winning performance at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in May sealed her victory. The left-arm bowler claimed an astonishing 11 wickets in four T20Is, maintaining a staggering average of 1.54 runs per wicket. Notably, she achieved consecutive spells of four wickets for three runs, three wickets for three runs, and three wickets for two runs against the Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar, respectively.

Expressing her joy, Putthawong extended her gratitude to the Cricket Association of Thailand for their support and belief in her abilities. She also conveyed her honor at representing her country and delivering vital performances during the SEA Games. Putthawong thanked all the voters who contributed to her winning the award and expressed her commitment to further developing herself as a cricketer, hoping for continued success for both herself and Thailand’s cricket team in the future.

The competition for the Women’s Player of the Month award was fierce, with strong contenders such as Chamari Athapaththu and Harshitha Madavi. However, the voting panel, which included former West Indies international and ICC Player of the Month, Stacy Ann King, recognized Putthawong’s exceptional figures and applauded her remarkable achievement at such a young age.


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