Suzie Bates scoops ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards. Bates was the leading run-scorer with 429 runs at an average of 42.90 in the shortest format of the game.
2016 sees a first for Women’s Cricket as the inaugural ICC Women’s Team of the Year is announced with Stafanie Taylor captain.
New Zealand’s Suzie Bates has become the first cricketer to clinch both the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards, which were announced today.
Based on the 12 months period between 14 September 2015 and 20 September 2016, which included the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 India 2016 and the ICC Women’s Championship, Bates scored 472 runs in eight ODIs at an average of just over 94. She also took eight wickets with a strike-rate of 22.50 and economy-rate of 3.75.
In the shortest format of the game, Bates was the leading run-scorer with 429 runs at an average of 42.90 and a strike-rate of over 115 runs per 100 balls.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Bates, saying, Suzie is a well-deserved recipient of the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards, maintaining strong and consistent performances across both formats of the game throughout the 12-month period under consideration.
ICC Women’s ODI, Test Team of the Year 2016 Players List
“2017 promises to be the biggest yet in women’s cricket history with the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 in the United Kingdom. We look forward to watching Suzie and the other stars of the women’s game on the biggest stage of them all.”
Bates captained New Zealand in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 where her side reached the semi-finals, while she also inspired the White Ferns to a third-place finish in the ICC Women’s Championship which earned them an automatic qualification for next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
Bates had won the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award in 2013, but has been named as the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year for the first time to join the esteemed company of England’s Sarah Taylor (2012, 2013), Australia’s Meg Lanning (2014) and the West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor (2015).
The previous ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year include Australia’s Karen Rolton (2006), Jhulan Goswami of India (2007), Charlotte Edwards of England (2008), Claire Taylor of England (2009), Australia’s Shelley Nitschke (2010), West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor (2011 and 2012), Sarah Taylor of England (2014) and Australia’s Meg Lanning (2015).
The Voting Panel, which selected the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Players of the Year 2016, included former women’s international cricketers as well as respected members of the media.
Women’s Team of the Year (in batting order):
Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
Rachel Priest (New Zealand) (wicketkeeper)
Smriti Mandhana (India)
Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) (captain)
Meg Lanning (Australia)
Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Heather Knight (England)
Deandra Dottin (West Indies)
Sune Luus (South Africa)
Anya Shrubsole (England)
Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand)
Kim Garth (12th) (Ireland)