Eimear Richardson named ICC Player of the Month for August 2021

Eimear Richardson © Ireland Cricket/Sportsfile

Ireland allrounder Eimear Richardson has been named ICC Player of the Month for August 2021. She was the player of the tournament in the recently concluded T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier where she helped Ireland finish second in the tournament with her all-round performance.

The 34-year-old came back to the Ireland side – after missing much of the domestic season and the Scotland series at home – when they faced the Netherlands at home. She finished the Europe Qualifier with 76 runs from three innings at an average of 38.00 while taking seven wickets at an average of 7.28 from four matches.

Richardson, who has played 29 ODIs and 52 T20Is for Ireland so far, has been instrumental in Ireland’s win over the Netherlands in their final match the tournament where she scored a match-winning 53 off 49 balls.

“It was very exciting to be nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August and to now be voted as the winner is just so amazing and humbling,” Richardson said.

“It was great to contribute to overall team performances at the European Qualifiers and hopefully we have done enough to make the next stage and compete on a global level again.”

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Richardson, who has been working and playing for Northern Districts Cricket Association in New Zealand,  thanked her teammates, head coach, team management, nd others who supported her in various ways during her career.

“Behind every athlete, and any achievement, is a volume of people and support, so a big thanks to my teammates, head coach Ed Joyce and wider management. Also, to my workplace Northern Districts, which continues to endlessly support and enable me to play at the top level,” she added.

Ireland head coach Ed Joyce lauded Richardson for her dedication and the value she adds to the squad while congratulating the off-spinning allrounder on her achievement.

“We’re delighted for Eimear – this award is great recognition for her dedication and performances for Ireland, not just over the last month, but over many years,” Joyce said. “Eimear’s experience and contributions to the team both on and off the field make her a much-valued member of the squad, and it’s always encouraging to see one of our players recognised in this way.”