New Delhi: Marlon Samuels, who played a stellar role in helping West Indies lift the ICC World T20 this year, has been named Cricketer of the Year by the West Indies Cricket Board. Samuels was also voted the ODI Player of the year on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Jamaican batsman had mixed fortunes at different levels of the game in 2015 but found favour with the judges at the ceremony, which was held at Hangar 10 in Antigua.
During the period under review, Samuels scored 484 runs at an average of 26.88 in nine Tests, 601 runs at an average of 46.33 in 15 One-Day Internationals and 11 runs at an average of 23.60 in five Twenty20 Internationals. Samuels’ fellow Jamaican Stafanie Taylor was named the Women’s Player Of The Year. In addition to the individual awards, members of the West Indies Under-19 team, West Indies women’s team and West Indies men’s team received special commemorative rings. The Under-19s won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on February 14 and the men and women won the World Twenty20 titles on April 3. Samuels is in the West Indies squad for the first Test against India. He has scored 3,622 runs inclusive of seven centuries and double hundred and remains one of the most experienced men in Jason Holder’s team.