Jason Holder and Deandra Dottin were named the best players in the men’s and women’s category respectively at the seventh West Indies Players’ Association/Cricket West Indies annual awards night held in Antigua, on Monday.
Apart from being recognised as the Player of the Year, Jason Holder was also named the Test Player of the Year. In what has been a good year for West Indies men’s cricket at home, and Holder in specific, the Test captain had become the top-ranked all-rounder in the world – the first West Indian since Garry Sobers in 1974 – soon after scoring an unbeaten 202 against England batting at No 8. As a bowler, he also touched 778 rating points, the most by a West Indian since Courtney Walsh in 2001.
Dottin, on the other hand, managed a clean sweep in the women’s category, winning the Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year and T20I Player of the Year awards. In ODIs during the period, the hard-hitting all-rounder made 207 runs in six innings and claimed 15 wickets. In T20Is, she bagged figures of 5 for 5 – her best in this format, and was the standout performer for the side in last year’s World T20.
In the men’s award category, Shai Hope – who scored 757 runs in 15 innings at an average of 63.08 during this period – was named the best ODI player for a second year on the trot.
Keemo Paul was named the best men’s T20I player while Andre Russell was named the Caribbean T20 Player. Pacer Oshane Thomas was adjudged the Emerging Player of the Year while Rakheem Cornwall was named the Championship Player of the Year.
Joel Wilson won the Umpire of the Year award.