Derbyshire batter, Shan Masood, has been named the PCA Player of the Month for June.
Masood, who also won the award for April, enjoyed a stellar June in the Vitality Blast, scoring four half-centuries, while he also made a match-winning 98 in the LV= County Championship against Middlesex at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. The Pakistan batter is the second-highest run-scorer in the Vitality Blast, with an average 45.58.
The Pakistan opener, who has now joined up with the national side for their Test series against Sri Lanka, became the first player in England to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship runs this season, while his tally stands at more than 1,500 across all formats so far.
Fellow Derbyshire batter, Wayne Madsen, was also nominated after enjoying a vintage month with the bat, which included three partnerships of more than 80 with Masood in T20 cricket, as well as a number of match-winning knocks. Masood also overcame competition from Hampshire’s James Vince and Surrey’s Will Jacks to claim the award.
Masood was presented with his trophy by Derbyshire all-rounder, and PCA Vice Chair, Anuj Dal, prior to leaving on international duty, and was celebrated by teammates at The Incora County Ground.
Masood said: “A lot of people have liked the look of Derbyshire and the way we have been playing and it all starts with the team. As an individual I like to see myself in the same equation, I want to be a favourite amongst my own fans but also a neutrals favourite, when I go to other grounds I also want them to like me as a player.
“I am grateful in terms of the votes that I have had and it was a month where I saw the shortlist and I was surrounded by three really good players. I think James Vince is probably my favourite player when it comes to watching cricket, as a fan you’d always like him to win.
“Wayne Madsen has had a great season and he has allowed me to play well and I have learnt so much from being around him and he is the goat when it comes to Derbyshire cricket and also county cricket. I hope I can play with him for many years.”
The top run scorer in the Championship across both divisions, the opener has left the county to meet up with the Pakistan squad ahead of their series against Sri Lanka in great form. He is aiming to continue his same approach that has stood him in good stead in 2022 whilst aiming to finish the domestic season on a high.
“I am very excited to be back in the national set-up and the onus is on me to be the same as I have been over here. International cricket shouldn’t change Shan Masood the player or the person, it is still another game of cricket and I think things start getting better when you play every game the same.
“I am grateful for the set-up created by Derbyshire and the county cricket set-up that has allowed me to thrive as a player and I have learnt a lot. I have always considered scoring runs to be a by-product.”
“It is exciting thinking of coming back after the Test series in Sri Lanka and hopefully I can finish the season on a high with an amazing club. The players and staff have allowed me to settle in and make me feel at home by really allowing me to enjoy my cricket so I’m really looking forwards to coming back.”