Star opener Smriti Mandhana is the only Indian in the men’s and women’s categories to feature among the ICC nominees for Cricket Player of the Year. Mandhana will compete for the top honors alongside England’s Nat Sciver, New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr and Australia’s opener, Beth Mooney. Pakistan captain Babar Azam, England captain Ben Stokes, Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza and New Zealand captain Tim Southee are among the nominees for the Men’s Cricket Player of the Year award.
Stokes is also among the Cricket of the Year nominees along with compatriot Jonny Bairstow, Australian opener Usman Khawaja and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada.
The ICC said in a statement that voting for the awards will begin next week, where global cricket fans will have the opportunity to submit their votes alongside the expert ICC Voting Academy including featuring prominent cricket media representatives to determine the 2022 winner.
Mandhana, who won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for the ICC Women’s Cricket Player of the Year 2021, is once again racing to claim the coveted price tag in 2022.
Mandhana continued his rich form in international cricket for the second year in a row, finishing as India’s top scorer in all competitions. She has shown her incredible prowess in the white ball formats and is the highest in the T20Is (594 runs) and the second highest in the ODI (696 runs) for India.
Mandhana has shown her presence at both major tournaments this year – the Women’s Cricket World Championship and the Commonwealth Games. She was then one of the driving forces in India going to the final and winning a silver medal in the women’s cricket event for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.
Stokes was in the lead to be the Men’s Cricket Player of the Year.
England are living a nightmare in Test cricket after a series of humiliating defeats in the Ashes and a series against the West Indies. Joe Root stepped down as Test captain and executive power was handed over to Stokes and Brendon McCullum coaches.
Since then, Stokes has taken England to the next level, winning 9 out of 10 Tests as captain. Along the way, he’s scored 870 runs, including two centuries, and racked up 26 goals.
The almighty player did not have a brilliant year empty-handed. In fact, he announced his retirement from ODI cricket to focus on other formats.
In the T20Is, he scored 143 runs in nine games and won seven goals. The numbers may seem insignificant, but 52 of them come when England need it most in the World Cup final.
ICC Awards 2022 – shortlist:
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year; Babar Azam (PAK), Sikandar Raza (ZIM), Tim Southee (NZ), Ben Stokes (ENG)
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year; Amelia Kerr (NZ), Smriti Mandhana (IND), Beth Mooney (AUS), Nat Sciver (ENG)
ICC Men’s Test Cricket Player of the Year; Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Usman Khawaja (AUS), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Ben Stokes (ENG)
ICC ODI Men’s Cricket Player of the Year; Babar Azam (PAK), Shai Hope (WI), Sikandar Raza (ZIM), Adam Zampa (AUS)
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year; Alyssa Healy (Australia), Shabnim Ismail (SA), Amelia Kerr (NZ), Nat Sciver (UK)
ICC Men’s T20I Cricket Player of the Year; Sam Curran (ENG), Sikandar Raza (ZIM), Mohammad Rizwan (PAK), Suryakumar Yadav (IND)
T20I Women’s Cricket Player of the Year ICC; Nida Dar (PAK), Sophie Devine (NZ), Smriti Mandhana (IND), Tahlia McGrath (AUS)
ICC Emerging Men’s Cricket Player of the Year; Finn Allen (NZ), Marco Jansen (SA), Arshdeep Singh (IND), Ibrahim Zadran (AFG)
ICC Emerging Female Cricket Player of the Year; Yastika Bhatia (IND), Darcie Brown (AUS), Alice Capsey (ENG), Renuka Singh (IND).
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