Sulieman Benn named West Indies Player of the Year
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn was named as the West Indies player of the year in the third West Indies Cricket Board / West Indies Players Association Annual Players’ Award ceremony held in Jamaica.
Along with Benn who bagged the award for the first time was the 23-year-old Jamaican all-rounder Stafanie Taylor who was named as the female player of the year.
In 2014, Benn picked up 31 wickets in seven Test matches at an average of 30.67 which included three five-wicket hauls, the best figures for a West Indian bowler.
Taylor on the other hand scored 343 runs in 10 Women’s One-Day International games at an average of 38.11 along with nine wickets, while amassing 356 runs in 10 Women’s Twenty20 International matches at an average of 39.55.
The 22-year-old Kraigg Brathwaite who managed to score 701 runs in 2014 at an average of 77.88 in six Tests with three hundreds and two fifties under his belt bagged the Test player of the year award.
Wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin with a tally of 516 runs in 13 ODIs with two hundreds and two fifties was announced as the ODI player of the year.
Samuel Badree who was the highest wicket taker in T20I matches in 2014 with 19 wickets from 12 games was awarded the T20 International player of the year award while Jermaine Blackwood who made his debut in June 2014 was declared the Emerging Player of the Year.
Seven West Indies cricketing legends Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Andy Roberts, and Sir Curtly Ambrose were presented with special awards.
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