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Tuba, a leg-spinner from Pakistan, has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month

Tuba Hassan, a teenage leg-spinner from Pakistan, was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month on Monday after having a successful first T20I series against Sri Lanka in Karachi.

The 21-year-old was important in limiting Sri Lanka’s totals and was named Player of the Series after taking five wickets at an average of 8.8 and a 3.66 economy rate.

Tuba’s highlight of the month came in her debut international encounter, when she took 3/8 to restrict Sri Lanka to 106, laying the groundwork for a six-wicket victory, and she was named ‘Player of the Match.’ She dismissed Anushka Sanjeewani with her first ball in international cricket, and then went on to remove Harshitha Madavi and Kavisha Dilhari.

Tuba took up a wicket in each of her following two outings, although she was stingy with her runs. Tuba beat out other finalists Bismah Maroof of Pakistan and Trinity Smith of Jersey to take home the trophy this month. Tuba is the first female Pakistani player to be named ICC Women’s Player of the Month.

“Tuba has demonstrated a high level of confidence and competence in her first series for Pakistan. She has been training hard for a long time, and seeing her celebrate success in her debut series for Pakistan is truly inspiring “Sana Mir, a former Pakistan captain and voting panel member, agreed.

Tuba, who was a reserve player at this year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, will travel with the Pakistani team to a T20I tri-series with hosts Ireland and World Cup champions Australia before competing in the Commonwealth Games Women’s T20 Cricket tournament in Birmingham.