Jason Holder was the biggest winner at the West Indies Players’ Association/Cricket West Indies annual awards night held on August 19 in Antigua, scooping up the Player of the Year as well as the Test Player of the Year awards. Shai Hope was named the ODI Player of the Year for a second successive time while seam-bowling allrounder Keemo Paul was recognised as the T20 Player of the Year.
Allrounder Deandra Dottin also won big, securing the women’s T20 and ODI Player of the Year awards. Meanwhile, 22-year-old tearaway Oshane Thomas was named the Emerging Player of the Year. Performances between April 2018 and March 2019 were taken into consideration.
In February this year, Holder became the first West Indies player to become the top-ranked Test allrounder since Sir Garry Sobers in 1974 and claimed 778 rating points, the highest by any West Indies bowler since Courtney Walsh in 2001.
And in January, Holder had made an unbeaten 202 – the third-highest score batting at No. 8 or lower in Test cricket – against England in front of his home crowd in Barbados. All told, Holder hit 565 runs in eight Test matches and claimed 40 wickets, including four five-wicket hauls, during the period.
Hope amassed 757 runs in 15 innings in ODI cricket at an average of 63.08, including three hundreds and three fifties, during the period.
After being plucked out of the CPL, Thomas made his international debut for West Indies in Guwahati in 2018 and added a cutting edge to the seam attack, the highlight being the maiden five-for against England in Gros Islet.
Six months after becoming the No. 1 allrounder in women’s T20Is, Dottin dominated the awards for women, taking back the Women’s Player of the Year award. In ODIs during the period, Dottin made 207 runs in six innings in addition to taking 15 wickets with the ball. In T20Is, she bagged figures of 5 for 5 – her best in this format.
Offspin-bowling allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who recently broke into West Indies’ Test squad, was named the Championship Player of the Year, while star allrounder Andre Russell was adjudged Caribbean T20 Player of the Year.
Nineteen-year-old left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, who was snapped up by Barbados Tridents in the CPL draft in May, won the Under-19 Player of the Year award.
List of award winners
Test player of the year: Jason Holder
ODI player of the year: Shai Hope
T20 player of the year: Keemo Paul
Emerging player of the year: Oshane Thomas
Women’s T20I player of the year: Deandra Dotin
Women’s ODI player of the year: Deandra Dottin
First-class team of the year: Guyana
Championship player of the year: Rakheem Cornwall
Super 50 Player of the year: Yanick Ottley
Caribbean T20 player of the year: Andre Russell
Under-19 player of the year: Joshua Bishop
Under-19 team of the year: Trinidad & Tobago
Umpire of the year: Joel Wilson
Player of the Year: Jason Holder
Women’s player of the Year: Deandra Dottin