Hard-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, as well as West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor and her teammate, Deandra Dottin have been nominated for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards of the Decade.
The Awards of the Decade, a special edition of the ICC annual award, will celebrate and reward top performances in the sport from Jan. 1, 2011 to Oct. 7, 2020 from both the men’s and women’s game.
The ICC, the sport’s world governing body said in a media release that the nominees for each of the categories have been determined by an awards nominations committee, according to on-field performances and overall achievements for at least five years during the period under review.
Former West Indies fast bowler and TV commentator, Ian Bishop, a member of the committee, said it was tough shortlisting the candidates for the awards.
Gayle, a self-proclaimed “Universe Boss,” has been nominated for the ICC Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Decade. It is recognition of the best overall performance in the men’s Twenty20 format during the performance period.
He is challenged in the category by Australian opener Aaron Finch, Afghanistan off-spinner Rashid Khan, India batting machine Virat Kholi, Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga, India opener Rohit Sharma and retired South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Taylor, the West Indies women’s captain for the past four years, has been nominated for the prestigious Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Decade, which recognizes the best overall performer in women’s international cricket — across all formats — Test, ODIs and T20s during the performance period.
Dottin has been nominated for the ICC Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Decade.