Shai Hope Named West Indies ‘Cricketer-of-the-Year’

Stylish Barbadian batsman Shai Hope swept three awards, including “Cricketer-of-the-Year”, headlining the Cricket West Indies/WIPA Awards Ceremony staged here last month.

Hope ShaiThe 24-year-old, who has emerged as one of the Windies’ main run scorers over the last year, also picked up the “Test Cricketer-of-the-Year” and “ODI Cricketer-of-the-Year” awards, to clinch the major honors on the Caribbean men’s side.

For Hope, the awards add to his growing collection, having claimed the “Barbados Cricket Association’s President’s Award” earlier this year, as well as being named one of the five “Cricketers-of-the-Year” by the prestigious Wisden Almanack.

Evin Lewis collected the “T20 Cricketer-of-the-Year” award, while Guyana fast bowler Keemo Paul was named “Emerging Cricketer-of-the-Year” after taking 42 first class wickets and making the West Indies A, ODI and Twenty20 squads.

Batsman Devon Smith clinched the “First Class Four Day Cricketer-of-the-Year” award for his record-breaking 1,095 runs in the season. He averaged 84 runs per inning and struck six centuries.