It’s time to reward world’s top players and their ingenuity in professional Cricket. ICC Awards 2018 have honored some of the top cricketers who performed outstandingly during last year’s Cricketing calendar. The players have been selected by an academy of experts consists of former players, match officials and members of media.
2017 was an eventful year when it comes to Cricket. Pakistan clinched the Champions Trophy with a stunning victory over arch rivals, India. The impact of this winner instigated a new category this year. Pakistan’s memorable triumph at Oval is privileged as “ICC Fan’s Moment of the Year Award”.
Though Virat Kohli is being dismayed with a series defeat against South Africa just a day ago, still his personal performance gained massive recognition by Cricket’s governing body. The Indian skipper, who led India to the top of the world’s test rankings during the period, received “Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy”, for being the World Cricketer of the Year 2017. Virat was also named as International Cricket Council One Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year and the captain of both ICC Test and ODI teams at the ICC Awards.
Australian captain Steve Smith has been crowned the International Cricket Council’s Test Player of the Year for a second time. Smith scored more runs and posted more centuries than any Test player in 2017 and his average for the year 76.76 was the highest of any batsman to score more than 500 runs.
Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali is named the “Emerging Player of the Year”. Twenty-three-year-old Hassan, the top ranked ODI bowler, took 48 wickets in 21 matches during 2017 at an average of just 17.70 per dismissal. He also claimed three five-wicket hauls and played a massive role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win in England.
Indian Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6-25 against England was chosen as the T20’s “Performance of the Year”, whereas Afghan leggie Rashid awarded as the “Associate Cricketer of the Year” and South African Marais Erasmus the “Umpire of the Year”.