Australian captain Steve Smith became the fourth Australia player and 11th player overall to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015.
Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Mitchell Johnson (2009 and 2014) and Michael Clarke (2013) have lifted the coveted trophy since the inception of the awards in 2004. Other recipients of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy include Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint-winners in 2005), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Jonathan Trott (2011) and Kumar Sangakkara (2012).
Smith was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the seventh cricketer after Dravid, Kallis, Ponting, Sangakkara, Clarke and Johnson to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.
South Africa’s AB de Villiers was named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for the second successive year. He had also won this award in 2010. Earlier this month, de Villiers was named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
Faf du Plessis won the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award for his 56-ball 119 against the West Indies in the second T20I in Johannesburg on 11 January 2015. Du Plessis had clubbed 11 fours and five sixes in his swashbuckling innings.
Australia women’s captain Meg Lanning has been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year, while West Indies women’s captain Stafanie Taylor has won her maiden ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award.
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. Former United Arab Emirates captain Khurram Khan has been named as the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year.
Richard Kettleborough of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has won his third successive David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year. He is the third umpire to a complete a hat-trick of titles after Simon Taufel (2004 to 2008) and Aleem Dar (2009-2011).
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for inspiring his side to play the game in its true spirit. This was clearly evident throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and in particular in the semi-final where McCullum showed humility and exemplary sportsmanship by inviting de Villiers and his side to the New Zealand’s dressing room after a closely-fought match.
The player awards were judged by a voting academy, which was entirely independent of the ICC. The voting period ran from 18 September 2014 to 13 September 2015:
ICC Award 2015 Winners
- ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) - Steve Smith (Australia)
- ICC Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve Smith (Australia)
- ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – AB de Villiers (South Africa)
- ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Meg Lanning (Australia)
- ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
- ICC T20I Performance of the Year – Faf du Plessis (South Africa) (119, 56 balls, 11x4, 5x6 – 2nd T20I vs West Indies, 11 January 2015, Johannesburg)
- ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
- ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Khurram Khan (UAE)
- ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
- ICC Umpire of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy) – Richard Kettleborough