Tuesday, 22 December 2015

ICC Awards: Steve Smith wins Cricketer of the Year trophy, no Indian among winners............

Australian batsman Steve Smith
Australian captain Steve Smith won the  ICC Cricketer of the Year award at theICC Awards ceremony in Dubai on Monday.
The batsman won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for his achievement. Smith was also named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.
The ICC website said that Smith finished as the leading run-scorer in Tests with 1,734 runs in 25 innings of 13 matches at an average of 82.57. This included seven centuries and six half-centuries. In 26 One-Day Internationals, Smith scored 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60 with four centuries and eight half-centuries. He was a member of the Australia side which won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 earlier this year.
Earlier this month, Smith was also named in the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
Smith said the following after being announced for the topmost award in cricket.
The ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award went to the inimitable AB de Villiers. de Villiers scored 1,265 runs in 20 innings at an average of 79 and a strike rate of 128.4. He hit two centuries and nine half-centuries. Earlier this month, de Villiers was named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
Australian batswoman Meg Lanning won the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year award. Meanwhile, the ICC Women's Twenty20 International Cricketer of the Year award went to Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies.
On its website and in a series of tweets from its official handle, the ICC announced that  the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award goes to Faf du Plessis for his 119 off 56 balls against the West Indies.
Australia won another feather in its cap as bowler Josh Hazlewood was named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year.
UAE's Khurram Khan was crowned the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year for 2015.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who has announced he would retire from international cricket before the World Twenty20 in India, was named the winner of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for 2015, for 'inspiring his side to play the game in its true spirit'.
The David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year for 2015 went to Richard Kettleborough.
The voting period for the awards ran from September 18, 2014 to September 13, 2015.