Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu Headlines Nominations for the ICC Awards 2023

Sri Lankan cricketer Chamari Athapaththu pulled in three individual nomiantions, while Australia features the most individual Nominees unveiled by the International Cricket Council in its initial four shortlists for the ICC Awards 2023. Photo: Chamari Athapaththu on X

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced from 3 – 5 January 2024, the shortlists in the ICC Awards 2023, highlighting the outstanding performers in contention for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year Awards, as well as the Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year Awards.

This year’s Awards nominees in the main categories includes candidates from Sri Lanka, Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Scotland, and features no individual nominees from South Africa, India, Pakistan, Ireland, the Netherlands nor Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu features the most individual nominations, after she was listed in the ICC’s Woman Cricketer of the Year, ODI Cricketer of the Year and T20I Cricketer of the Year divisions, while Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner and England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt were each rewarded with double nominations for their exploits in the year under consideration.

The ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year’s shortlist was the final main category announced on Friday, 5 January, 2023 and Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu, Australian duo Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney as well as England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt are up for the top award. 

In the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year, it’s none other than Athapaththu who bags another nomination, in the company of some formidable players as Gardner alongside her again. Sciver-Brunt has also received another nomination and the category’s last nomination is filled by another strong contender in New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. 

The ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year honours some of the biggest names in the women’s game. Athapaththu was in sparkling form throughout the year and finds herself nominated in a third category, and is joined by England spin maestro Sophie Ecclestone, West Indies’ all-round icon Hayley Matthews, and the evergreen Ellyse Perry, a former two-time winner of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year (2019 and 2017).

Elsewhere, a wealth of exciting new talent emerged onto the world stage in 2023, providing us with memorable performances in pinnacle events such as last year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

The ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year category features four stellar up-and-coming talents in women’s cricket. Bangladesh’s Marufa Akter, England’s Lauren Bell, Scotland’s Darcey Carter and Australia’s Phoebe Litchfield are named as the four leading contenders for the crown after they enjoyed remarkable form in 2023.

Fan voting results will be combined with selections made by the ICC Voting Academy to identify the winner in each of the shortlisted categories.

Other categories which will be celebrated in the ICC Awards 2023 include the ICC Women’s Associate Cricketers of the Year, the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award, and the ICC Umpire of the Year, making a total of 13 prizes.

In addition to the individual awards, five ICC Teams of the Year will be also decided by the ICC Voting Academy, identifying the standout XIs across women’s international cricket in 2023.

Winners of the ICC Awards 2023 will be announced later in January 2024.

ICC Award 2023 Nominees

ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 

Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka) 

Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)

Beth Mooney (Australia)

Nat Sciver-Brunt (England)

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year

Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)

Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka)

Nat Sciver-Brunt (England)

Amelia Kerr (New Zealand)

ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year

Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka)

Sophie Ecclestone (England)

Hayley Matthews (West Indies)

Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year

Marufa Akter (Bangladesh)

Lauren Bell (England)

Darcey Carter (Scotland)

Phoebe Litchfield (Australia)


Main Photo Caption: Sri Lankan cricketer Chamari Athapaththu pulled in three individual nomiantions, while Australia features the most individual Nominees unveiled by the International Cricket Council in its initial four shortlists for the ICC Awards 2023. Photo: Chamari Athapaththu on X

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