Sidra Ameen Of Pakistan Wins ICC Women’s Player Of The Month Award


Pakistani opener Sidra Ameen won the Women’s Player of the Month award from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the first time in recognition of her outstanding batting performance in November.

At home in the ODI series against Ireland, Sidra smashed 277 runs, including the fifth-highest individual score in women’s ODI history in the series opener in Lahore.

After facing 151 balls, Sidra scored 176 runs without being dismissed. In that game, her companion Muneeba Ali also made a century in a record-breaking 221-run first wicket partnership.

Sidra’s 176 was also the first time Pakistan had scored over 150 in a women’s ODI. Ameen struck 91 not out (*) in the second game of the series at the same venue, helping Pakistan win the series 2-0.

Ameen is now the highest-ranked Pakistani hitter in the ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings, having climbed to position 22.

The Pakistani batter was overjoyed to learn she had won the monthly award. “It’s wonderful to be the recipient of this honour,” she said. “It means a lot since my friend and colleague Nida Dar received the same prize in October.

This proves that our squad has put out strong efforts in international cricket over the previous several months.

In honour of my parents and all those who have encouraged me and prayed for my success over the years, I would want to accept this award on their behalf.

I’ll never forget how my batting helped my team win the one-day international series at home without losing a single game versus Ireland

“Personally, it’s been a fantastic year; I’ve had three centuries in One-Day Internationals, all of which have occurred this year.”

And to top it all off, she was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for November, which she said was “simply incredible.”

“A much-deserved victory,” as ICC Hall of Famer and voting panel member Lisa Sthalekar described it.


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