NZ Cricket Awards: Trent Boult, Sophie Devine named T20 International Player of the Year

Black Caps pace spearhead Trent Boult and White Ferns skipper Sophie Devine won the ‘T20 International Player of the Year’ for their sensational run in the shortest format of the match at the New Zealand Cricket Awards.

The prizes will be awarded in almost three days.

Boult was honored for his stunning run at the T20 World Cup in UAE lst here where New Zealand reached the final.

The 32-year-old had taken 13 wickets in the tournament and played a crucial role in taking his side to the final.

Boult defeated Tim Southee, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell and Ish Sodhi – who also played key roles in the Black Caps race to the final before losing to Australia – to take home the award.

“It means a lot. T20 is a format I really enjoy and one I always try to adapt my game to become a better bowler. It’s something very special to win this award and I feel very grateful to receive it, ”Boult, who is

currently in India for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, said.

Devine, on the other hand, grabbed her second International Women’s T20 Player of the Year award in two years.

She scored 118 runs in four games at an average of 29.50 with a total strike rate of 113.46 and a top score of 50 against England at Hove.

The fan momentum of the summer went to retired Ross Taylor for his final wicket in his final Test against Bangladesh in Christchurch.

Melie Kerr and Michael Bracewell were named the respective Super Smash Players of the Year after their efforts for Wellington.

On day two of the prizes on Wednesday, the first-class and domestic batting and bowling cups will be awarded along with the men’s and women’s ODI Players of the Year, and the Umpire of the Year prize.

The last day of Thursday will see the presentation of the domestic players of the year for men and women, the test player of the year, the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for outstanding services to cricket, and the highest game prize – the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal .

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