Over all these years, the game of cricket has transformed completely, especially after the introduction of T20 format in the cricket world. From technology to rules and laws everything has changed to make the game better and to keep the spirit of gentlemen’s game alive.

In order to honor the spirit of the gentlemen’s game within every cricketer and to appreciate their hard work and amazing performances, every year the ICC recognize and honor the best international cricketers with some prestigious cricket awards.

ICC Awards are institutionalized and presented by the International Cricket Council. The ICC Awards were first started in the year 2004 and since then, every year ICC honour international cricketers with ICC awards on the basis of their performance for the last 12 months.

The recipients of these prestigious awards are selected every year by the jury or ‘academy’ of 56 individuals including the members of the elite panels of ICC referees and umpires(18), the current national team captains of the nations playing test cricket(10), and many prominent former players and cricket correspondents (28).

Here, in this article we bring you a list of all the prestigious awards presented by the ICC. Have a look :

Top Prestigious ICC Cricket Awards

1. Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy:

Named after Sir Garfield Sobers, the former West Indies captain, Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy is a cricket trophy awarded annually by ICC to the selected “world player of the year”. Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy is considered to be as one of the most prestigious annual trophies or awards from the ICC to the cricketers.

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The first ever Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy was awarded to Rahul Dravid, aka, the Wall of the Indian cricket team in the year 2004.

2. Test Player Of The Year:

ICC presents this award annually to the best cricketer in the Test cricket format of the game. The first ever Test Player of the year was awarded to Rahul Dravid in the year 2004.

3. ODI Player Of The Year:

ICC presents this award annually to the best cricketer in the ODI format of the game. The first ever ODI Player of the year was won by Andrew Flintoff in the year 2004. Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers have received this award, the most number of times, i.e 3 times.

4. Twenty20 International Performance Of The Year:

This award is presented to the cricketer who has performed phenomenally well in the international T20 cricket format in the previous 12 months.

5. David Shepherd Trophy:

David Shepherd Trophy
Umpire David Shepherd

Named after the respected and very popular umpire David Shepherd, the David Shepherd Trophy is awarded annually by the ICC to the best Umpire of the year for his dedication towards the game. The first ever David Shepherd Trophy was awarded to the Umpire Simon Taufel in the year 2004.

6. Emerging Player Of The Year:

ICC presents this award to the new cricketer who has shown phenomenal performance within a short period of time. However, this award comes with a condition. In order to be eligible for this award, the player must be under 26 years of age at the beginning of the voting period and have played not more than five Test and/or 10 ODIs prior that date.

7. Captain Of The Year:

ICC presents this award to the best captain for leading his team brilliantly and showing great results. All the captains of the teams are nominated for this award and the best one is presented with this award.

8. Associate Player Of The Year:

Associate player of the year, well, this award is presented to recognize the hard-work and efforts of an outstanding player in ODIs from the six countries who are the full members of the ICC, countries including : Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Scotland.

9. Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Award:

ICC presents this award to the best women cricketer of the year, annually, on the basis of their performance. The awards were formerly known as the ICC Women’s Cricketer Of The Year award, however, in the year 2016 it was changed to Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Award.

Karen Rolton

This award were introduced in the year 2006 and the first ever women cricketer who received this award was Karen Rolton.

10.Women’s ODI Cricketer Of The Year:

ICC presents this award annually to the best woman cricketer in the Test cricket format of the game.

11. Women’s T20I Cricketer Of The Year:

ICC presents this award annually to the best woman cricketer in the T20i format of the game.

12. Women’s Emerging Player Of The Year:

ICC presents this award to the new woman cricketer who has shown phenomenal performance within a short period of time.

13. Spirit Of Cricket:

In order to honor the spirit of the cricket, ICC presents this award every year to the team for upholding the game. As quoted by the ICC, the team that is represented with this award, is selected on how they behaved and involved with :
-Their opponents
-Their own captain and team
-The role of the umpires
-The game’s traditional values

14. LG People’s Choice Award:

The award is presented on the basis of votes from the fans and not by the academy of judges. Over these years, this award is won by many renowned and talented cricketers in men’s and women’s cricket.

15. ICC Test Team Of The Year:

Every year, ICC recognises the top cricket players from around the world and awards them with ICC best team of the year for their brilliant performances in the ODI format of the game. Although, the team doesn’t actually competes but exists solely as an honorary entity.

16. ICC ODI Team Of The Year:

The same goes with ODI Team as well. Every year, ICC recognises the top cricket players from around the world and awards them with ICC best team of the year for their brilliant performances in the ODI format of the game.

17. ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year:

In Women’s cricket as well, every year, ICC recognises the top cricket players from around the world and awards them with ICC best team of the year for their brilliant performances in the ODI format of the game. Although, the team doesn’t actually competes but exists solely as an honorary entity.

18. ICC Women’s T20I Team Of The Year:

The award is presented by the ICC annually to the best women’s team of the year
in the T20i format of the game for their brilliant performances. However, this team doesn’t exist but is consists of the top T20i cricket players from around the world.

19. Fan’s Moment Of The Year:

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This award is presented by ICC annually, on the basis of the votes of the fans to the moment of the year. The fans vote for their favorite moment from the past year and the moment with the highest number of votes gets selected for the award.