Samuels has bounced back well

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has returned to First Class cricket so well since his two-year ban for inappropriate contact with an Indian bookmaker that he swept the two biggest awards of 2012.  

The 32-year-old Jamaican was voted West Indies’ Overall and One-Day International Player of the Year during an awards function hosted by the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association in Trinidad.  

Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 39 next month, won Test Player of the Year and Stefanie Taylor, 22, was Women’s Cricketer of the Year. Taylor visited the Cayman Islands last year, giving invaluable tips to local players in preparation for their first international tournament held here.  

Board president Dave Cameron presented commemorative gold rings to the 15 players and eight members of the management who won the World T20 in Sri Lanka last October.  

“This is a truly special honour – one that all of us will cherish. On behalf of the team, I want to thank everyone who came up with this idea and all those who made it possible,” said Darren Sammy, who captained West Indies to their first world title triumph since the Champions Trophy in 2004. Samuels was the outstanding player in that tournament.  

“We played an amazing brand of cricket to win over in Sri Lanka; to win the trophy for our people. Now it feels really great to be honoured, in this way, here at home,” Sammy said.  

Spinner Sunil Narine collected two awards, the T20 Player of the Year and Regional Limited-Overs Player of the Year. Kieran Powell, who has three centuries in 15 Tests, was voted Emerging Player of the Year.  

Jamaica won the First-Class Team of the Year award and one of their players, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, was the First-Class Player of the Year.  

Former West Indies wicketkeeper Jackie Hendriks, who also served as president of the Jamaica Cricket Association and director of the WICB, was given the inaugural WICB Lifetime Achievement Award, while the WIPA counterpart went to Winston Reid, who collected 205 wickets for Barbados in a career spanning 15 years. 

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