:: Peoples Time Online ::
Ben Stokes bagged the Professional Cricketers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award after his splendid show in the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes on Wednesday.
The England allrounder edged past Ryan Higgins, Dominic Sibley and Simon Harmer and also became the sixth player to have bagged the Young Player of the Year award and the Player of the Year recognition. While Sophie Ecclestone won the Women’s Player of the Summer for the second time, Tom Banton was awarded the Young Player of the Year. Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad were also named the ODI and Test player of the year respectively.
“It’s hard to put it into words,” gushed Stokes. “I am over the moon that players think I am worthy of winning the PCA Players’ Player of the Year through performances this summer.
“You can take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it’s your peers that vote for you. Earning this award is a huge moment and something I am very gracious of and I am sure the previous 49 winners are gracious of too.
“While this is an individual award, it is within a team sport so I am only in this position because of what other guys in our squad have achieved as well. What we have done as a team in 2019 is phenomenal, to win the World Cup and draw the Ashes has been a fantastic summer and something I am proud of personally and as a team.”
Banton was instrumental in Somerset winning the Royal London One-Day Cup with 454 runs and carried his form into the T20 Blast where he amassed 549 more. “I am very grateful and thankful to those guys who voted for me,” he said. “I never expected it to be honest looking at the other nominees.
“If someone had told me the year I would’ve had at the start of the season I wouldn’t have believed them. I have altered some technical faults I had at the beginning of the year with Marcus Trescothick and he has helped me a lot this year and has made me believe I can go all the way.”
Ecclestone not only managed to retain the award but also became the first woman player to win it in successive years. “I feel like I’m a bit more of a presence in the team now than I was last year, and I’ve enjoyed getting my point of view across,” she said. “The highlight was definitely when we came back and won the last T20I. It was really nice to end on a high and show that we’re a team to be reckoned with at the T20 World Cup next year. The big goal is to get ready for that World Cup and show everyone what we’re all about.”