WEB DESK: Pakistan failed to win any award at the International Cricket Council Award 2015. Australia bags four awards including ICC Cricketer of the year on Tuesday.
ICC Cricketer of the Year- Steve SmithSteve Smith follows in the footsteps of Australia’s Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke, Smith lifted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy as he won the ICC Cricketer of the year since the inception of the awards in 2004.
The top-order batsman was also considered for the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the seventh cricketer after Dravid (2004), Kallis (2005), Ponting (2006), Sangakkara (2012), Clarke (2013) and Johnson (2014) to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – AB de Villiers
South Africa’s ODI captain AB de Villiers has been named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for the second successive year.
A delighted de Villiers said: “It is an honour to be named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2015. It’s certainly been a memorable year with many highlights but a lot of disappointments as well.
“If I was to look back, the century I scored against the West Indies at the Wanderers will probably go down as the most memorable knocks of the year. In saying that, centuries count for nothing if the team isn’t winning, so hopefully in the future I can contribute to many more Proteas wins.”
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Meg Lanning
Australia women’s captain Meg Lanning has been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year, while West Indies women’s captain Stafanie Taylor has won her maiden ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award. Taylor has previously won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012.
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Josh Hazlewood
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. He took 16 wickets with five for 31 against South Africa in Perth as his best figures. Hazlewood was also a member of the Australia side which won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Khurram Khan
Former United Arab Emirates captain Khurram Khan has been named as the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year after he finished as the leading run-scorer with 425 runs in nine one-day matches.
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Brendon McCullum
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for inspiring his side to play the game in its true spirit. This was clearly evident throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and in particular in the semi-final where McCullum showed humility and exemplary sportsmanship by inviting de Villiers and his side to the New Zealand’s dressing room after a closely-fought match.
ICC Umpire of the Year-Richard Kettleborough
Richard Kettleborough of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has won his third successive David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year. He is the third umpire to a complete a hat-trick of titles after Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar.
The full list of ICC Award 2015 winners is:
ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) – Steve Smith (Australia)
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve Smith (Australia)
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – AB de Villiers (South Africa)
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Meg Lanning (Australia)
ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
ICC T20I Performance of the Year – Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Khurram Khan (UAE)
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
ICC Umpire of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy) – Richard Kettleborough