Stafanie Taylor wins ICC Women's Cricket of the Year
West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor has been ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in London. During the voting period Taylor played 10 ODIs for the West Indies scoring 610 runs at the top of the order at an average of 76.25, while the off-spinner also claimed 15 wickets. She also scored 49 runs and took five wickets in Twenty20 Internationals in the period. The 20-year-old took the accolade ahead of England duo Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway and last year’s winner of the title, Australia’s Shelley Nitschke. The accolade rounds off a successful year for Taylor who was part of the West Indies side that was victorious as the ICC Women’s Twenty20 Cricket Challenge in South Africa. Taylor was unable to attend the ceremony to collect her award in person due to finishing a series against Pakistan yesterday in Guyana. Upon hearing the news of her win, Taylor said: “It is a fantastic honour to be named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year. “I said before the awards that my goal was to be the number one women’s cricketer in the world and I’m on my way there with the rankings and to be named the winner of this award makes me extremely happy. “I would like to thank my team-mates and coaches from the West Indies team and also my domestic side Jamaica and also my family for all the support they continue to give me and I hope I can continue to represent the West Indies with pride.” The Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award was one of 10 individual prizes given at this year’s LG ICC Awards. The nominations for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year were decided after a committee of former players, current administrators and journalists created a long-list. This in turn was broken down into a short-list by a separate 25-person voting academy. Based on the period between 11 August 2010 and 3 August 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 – presented in association with FICA – take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game. That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the ICC Intercontinental Cup final, several ICC World Cricket Leagues as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series. The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its eighth year and this year it will be held in London, England. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009), Dubai (2008) and Bengaluru (2010).
Mon, 09/12/2011 - 17:27