Pakistan’s Sidra Ameen is the winner of International Cricket Council (ICC) Player of the Month Award for November after her stunning batting display against Ireland.

Sidra scored 277 runs in the home ODI series against Ireland, including the fifth-highest individual score in women’s ODIs in the first match in Lahore.

The opening batter scored an unbeaten 176 off 151 balls while her partner Muneeba Ali also scored a hundred in that game in a record-breaking 221-run stand for the opening wicket.

She made another brilliant contribution in the series at the same venue, making an unbeaten 91 in the second match as Pakistan completed a series victory.

In the process, Sidra rose to 22nd slot on the ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings and is the highest-ranked Pakistan batter on the list.

The Pakistani batter expressed great thrill at being awarded the monthly award. “I feel great to have won this award,” she said. “It is also special following my teammate Nida Dar who won the award for October.”

“This shows our team has displayed some great performances in the past few months in international cricket.

“I would like to dedicate this award to my parents and to everyone who has always supported me and prayed for my success.”

Last week, the ICC had shortlisted the names of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Sidra Ameen of Pakistan for the Player of the Month Awards.

A total of six players – three each for men’s and women’s categories – were announced for the month of November. The remaining four players are from England, Thailand and Ireland.

For ICC Men’s Player of the Month, England’s duo of Jos Butler and Adil Rashid was in contention along with Afridi.

In case of ICC Women’s Player of the Month, the other two nominated cricketers were Natthakan Chantham of Thailand and Gaby Lewis of Ireland. All the three shortlisted women players are opening batters.

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