|Highlights of Younis's month:|
23 wickets at 13.13 in first-class cricket between May 29 and June 28.
32 wickets at 12.87 in all games for his county from May 29 to June 29.
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Who missed out? The good, the bad and the ugly of June.
|June's award winner comes not through any amazing international performances, but through amazing performances by an international.The highest-paid player in the history of English county cricket, his team Glamorgan were having a roller-coaster ride through the competition when he exploded against Lancashire at Liverpool on June 21. The home side were seeking 273 to win in sixty overs, but were destroyed in the space of just fourteen overs to be 51 all out. Our bowler earned figures of 7 for 25, which included a hat-trick achieved after narrowly missing a hat-trick earlier in the innings.|
That 7 for 25 was his career-best, but just six days he went one better as he starred in Glamorgan's demolition of Sussex for 54 all out, with a contribution of 8 for 17. His team is shaping as a contender for their first County Championship since 1969, and only their third-ever. No stranger to county cricket, his achievements for Surrey in 1991 earned him a place in Wisden's Cricketers of the Year.
There has been much controversy over his decision to choose county cricket over representing his country, but until the haphazard scheduling of international tours is brought to order, it is hard to blame a professional cricketer for putting financial stability first.The googler's Player of the Month for June 1997 is Pakistan and Glamorgan's Waqar Younis.
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