WICB names Samuels as the West Indies Cricketer of the Year

Shukriya Pakistan

Marlon Samuels, who steered West Indies to the second World T20 title, has been named the ODI Player of the Year and the Cricketer of the Year by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an annual award function at Antigua that took place on Tuesday.

Samuels remained the second highest scorer in the tri-nation tournament between South Africa, Australia and the hosts, West Indies with a score of 258 runs at an average of 36.85 including three centuries last month, while, Australian skipper, Steve Smith was the highest scorer in the tournament.

Other than him, Darren Bravo received the award for the Test Player of the Year, whereas, his brother Dwayne Bravo got the award for the Caribbean T20 Player of the Year.

The big man from Jamaica, Chris Gayle, unsurprisingly, was named as the T20 Player of the Year.

Jomel Warrican, the left arm-spinner, who bagged six wickets against Sri Lanka on his test debut at the P Sara Oval got the Emerging Player of the Year award.

Other than that, West Indies women’s team captain, Stafanie Taylor, who led her troop to a jaw dropping World T20 victory, received the awards for the Women’s T20 Player of the Year and the women’s ODI Player of the Year as well. She was the highest run scorer in the tournament including the match changing 59 runs in the final against the tough opposition Australia. She has been scoring at an average of 70.14 runs in ODIs since the start of 2015.

Shimron Hitmyer, their Under-19 hero, who got them the first U-19 World Cup title was named as the U-19 Player of the Year.