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Samuels Becomes West Indies’ Cricketer of The Year

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels became West Indies’ Cricketer of the Year and One Day Internationals Player of the Year on Tuesday.

In the annual awards function held by West Indies Cricket Board in Antigua, Samuels was awarded with accolades of Cricketer of the Year and ODI Player of the Year after his exceptional contribution for the team throughout the season.

SamuelsThe Jamaica born star bagged 859 runs from 22 One Day Internationals he played since the start of last year. Mustering it further, he smashed three centuries and led his side to glory on several occasions. Samuels was also the second-highest run-getter behind Australia skipper Steven Smith in the tri-series held at their home last month. He recorded 258 runs with an average of 36.85 in this event.

Earlier this year Samuels played vital role for his side clinching the ICC World Twenty20 title in India. He claimed his second Man of the Match award in World T20 final after scoring 85 runs form 66 balls without getting out. He helped his side chase 156 runs in the final easily against England.

On the whole, the 35-year-old has collaborated 5064 runs with an average of 34.21 and a strike rate of 75.96 in One Day Internationals. He has 10 centuries under his belt and his tally is unbeaten run of 133.

Darren Bravo pocketed Test Player of the Year award while Chris Gayle was named Twenty20 Player of the Year. Dwayne Bravo grabbed the Caribbean Player of the Year title.

The Emerging Player of the Year accolade was given to Jomel Warrican. The left-arm spinner claimed six wickets on his Test debut against Sri Lanka at the end of last year.

The Under-19 Player of the Year was awarded to Shimron Hetmyer who led his side to steal the limelight at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

In the women’s side, Stefanie Taylor grabbed Women’s T20 Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year accolades. She led her side to grab their maiden World T20 title earlier this year.

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