ECB Awards For 2014-15 Announced
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the annual awards for the year 2014-15 which appreciates performances of England cricketers across all formats from May last year.
England’s middle-order batsman Joe Root was awarded the Men’s Cricketer of the Year while Charlotte Edwards was named the Women’s Cricketer of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Lanchashire’s England Under-19 seamer Saqib Mahmood won laurels for the England Development Program Cricketer of the Year while Luke Sugg won accolades for the Disability Cricketer of the Year.
While making the announcements, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison was lavish in his praises of the four award winners.
“These awards once again highlight the sheer breadth of individual talent across our different England teams and there was fierce competition for the trophies in all four categories,” said Harrison.
“Our thanks go to the England teams’ sponsor Waitrose for their continued support, to the cricket media for their assistance with the judging process, and to MCC for once again staging the event this evening in the iconic Long Room at Lord’s.”
Root had an outstanding season as he notched up 1135 Test runs at a whopping average of 95 while also compiling three One-Day International hundreds during this phase.
He fought off competition from teammates Moeen Ali, James Anderson and Gary Ballance to win the coveted award.
Women’s skipper Edwards had a fruitful year with the willow averaging 75 in ODIs and 60 in T20s as she led from the front with impressive performances.
She also led the team to ODI series wins over India and New Zealand while also notching up T20 series victories over South Africa and New Zealand.
Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor and Anya Shrubsole were the other women candidates who were outshone by Edwards.
Mahmood put up an exceptional performance starting from his U-19 debut for England and the form extended over all formats earning him the recognition.
Sugg shot to fame at the Blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa last year as he amassed over 500 runs including four centuries.
His wonderful feat was the cornerstone of England’s campaign that saw the team reaching the semi-final stage of the showpiece event.
All the four players were honored at a special dinner function co-hosted by the ECB and its sponsor Waitrose in the long room at Lord’s.
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