Despite the acheivements of Indian women’s team cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj, batswoman Smriti Mandhana has become the only player from the country to be named in the Women’s Team of the Year 2016, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday, PTI reports.
West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor will captain the women’s team of the year, which comprises 12 members. Taylor achieved this feat after she led the West Indies team to their maiden ICC Women's World Twenty20 title in India earlier this year. The team members have been added to the list of awards based on the acknowledgement and outstanding performances by women cricketers over a 12-month period.
"This is the first time that the ICC has named a women's team of the year. Congratulations to Stafanie Taylor and the rest of her team on their selection. The quality and depth of the women's game continues to grow year by year, with a number of outstanding performances during the voting period, the selectors must have had an exceptionally difficult task in settling on the final 12 players," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.
The players were selected on the basis of how they performed during the period from September 14, 2015, to September 20, 2016.
During this time, India's opening batswoman Mandhana scored 264 runs in five one-day internationals at an average of 52.80. In T20 Internationals, the Indian scored 183 runs in 10 innings at 22.87.
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The 20-year-old left-handed batswoman will be joining three New Zealanders -- Suzie Bates, Rachel Priest and Leigh Kasperek.
It also includes two Australians -- Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, England’s Heather Knight and Anya Shrubshole, West India’s Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin and Sune Luus of South Africa. Kim Garth of Ireland has been included as the 12th player.
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