first_imgICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Smith, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Smith, saying: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Steve on winning the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards. “His consistent performance during the voting period in varying conditions and against all opposition has been exceptional. His skill and determination to succeed at the highest level has been an inspiration to all. “I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other winners, including Richard Kettleborough for completing a hat-trick of ICC Umpire of the Year titles. They are all well-deserved winners.” De Villiers, meanwhile, had also won this award in 2010. In the voting period, de Villiers scored 1,265 runs in 20 innings at an average of just over 79 and a strike-rate of 128.4. He hit two centuries and nine half-centuries. Earlier this month, de Villiers was named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year. A delighted de Villiers said: “It is an honour to be named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. Its certainly been a memorable year with many highlights but a lot of disappointments as well. “If I was to look back, the century I scored against the West Indies at the Wanderers will probably go down as the most memorable knocks of the year. In saying that, centuries count for nothing if the team isnt winning, so hopefully in the future I can contribute to many more Proteas wins.” De Villiers team-mate and South Africas T20I captain Faf du Plessis won the T20I Performance of the Year award for his 56-ball 119 against the West Indies in the second T20I in Johannesburg on 11 January 2015. Du Plessis had clubbed 11 fours and five sixes in his swashbuckling innings. Australia womens captain Meg Lanning has been named as the Womens ODI Cricketer of the Year, while West Indies womens captain Stafanie Taylor has won her maiden Womens T20I Cricketer of the Year award. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood won the Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. Former United Arab Emirates captain Khurram Khan has been named as the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year after he finished as the leading run-scorer with 425 runs in nine one-day matches. This award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in all international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the 10 Test nations. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the Spirit of Cricket Award for inspiring his side to play the game in its true spirit. This was clearly evident throughout the Cricket World Cup 2015, and in particular in the semi-final where McCullum showed humility and exemplary sportsmanship by inviting de Villiers and his side to the New Zealands dressing room after a closely-fought match. In other awards, Richard Kettleborough won his third successive David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year. He is the third umpire to a complete a hat-trick of titles after Simon Taufel (2004 to 2008) and Aleem Dar (2009-2011). The player awards were judged by a voting academy, which was entirely independent of the ICC. PTI PM BS PMadvertisementlast_img read more