Joseph and Hunter Clinch ICC Player of the Month Honours for January
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the winners of the ICC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month awards for January 2024, following the shortlists revealed last week.
Shamar Joseph’s Stellar Debut
Shamar Joseph celebrates his first ICC Men’s Player of the Month award after a sensational debut for the West Indies in their thrilling Test series in Australia.
Amy Hunter’s Rapid Run-Scoring Feats
Amy Hunter has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month, thanks to her exceptional run-scoring performance in Ireland’s T20I series victory over Zimbabwe last month.
Joseph’s Impressive Start
Joseph had a remarkable start to his West Indies career. The 24-year-old made an immediate impact in the Test series against Australia, claiming the wicket of Steve Smith with his first ball in international cricket. His debut Test saw him take five wickets in the first innings in Adelaide, including the prized scalps of Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green.
Unforgettable Bowling Display
Joseph’s performance in the second Test in Brisbane will be long remembered. Defending a modest 216 to prevent an Australian victory in the second innings, Joseph produced an unforgettable display of fast bowling, taking seven for 68 to dismiss the home side just eight runs short of the target. This led the West Indies to a historic 1-1 draw and earned Joseph the Player of the Series award.
Shamar Joseph, ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January, expressed his delight, “I am extremely delighted to win this award. To get such an award on the world stage feels special. I totally enjoyed every moment of that experience playing for West Indies in Australia, especially the magic of the final day at the Gabba. Taking the wicket to win the match was a dream!
Hunter’s Maiden Award
Amy Hunter, another young talent lighting up the international stage, celebrates her first award on the back of significant scores with the bat as Ireland won decisively in Zimbabwe last month. After a subdued ODI series to start the month, Hunter followed up with an explosive series of knocks in the T20I series in Harare.
ICC Women’s Player of the Month for January, Amy Hunter said, “It’s an honour to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for January. To be on a shortlist alongside two of the world’s best is something that I am immensely proud of.
Joseph and Hunter won their awards following votes gathered from global fans registered at icc-cricket.com and a specialist panel comprising ICC Hall of Famers, former international players, and media representatives. Fans can continue to vote every month for their favourite cricketers across all formats of international cricket as part of the ICC Player of the Month initiative by registering at www.icc-cricket.com/awards.