Gayle to be honoured at WIPA/WICB player awards ceremony
JAMAICA and West Indies star batsman Christopher Henry Gayle is set to be the toast of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)/West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) Annual Players Awards Ceremony, which will take place on June 5 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
The 34-year-old hard-hitting left-hand opener is expected to make his 100th Test appearance in Jamaica against New Zealand, who will tour the Caribbean from June 8 to July 6.
The 11th staging of the awards ceremony is being hosted jointly by both associations for the second time, and was officially launched at Eden Gardens yesterday.
President of the WICB Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron explained that the WICB is once again proud to be partners with WIPA as they aim for partnerships at all levels, with a mandate to place great emphasis on the players who are their greatest assets.
"The partnership is intended to go beyond the awards as there are several other initiatives, which have started, and we plan to work together on these for the overall benefit of our cricket," said Cameron.
Cameron went on to add that the region's cricket has had a fair year, and the awards ceremony will highlight some of the top performances from the men and women who have participated in the game last year.
"We would like to congratulate all the nominees and the eventual winners and we look forward to a better year in 2015 and beyond," he said.
WIPA President Wavell Hinds shared the sentiments of his counterpart.
"After successfully working together on the awards last year, it goes to show how much can be achieved when two organisations work together," Hinds expressed.
Along with his thrill to collaborate with the WICB, Hinds also expressed joy about the return of the awards ceremony to Jamaica after an eight-year absence.
"We are confident that the Jamaican public, renowned for its ardent support of West Indies cricket, will support the awards. WIPA would like to congratulate all the nominees and we expect to have another fantastic ceremony to celebrate excellence in West Indian cricket," he said.
Former prime minister of Jamaica Percival James Patterson will be the guest speaker at the event, which will also be attended by the touring New Zealand team.
The Jamaica Observer understands that there will be four nominees per category and those will be selected based on statistics.
The 2014 ceremony will see 12 awards being presented to those cricketers who have distinguished themselves regionally and internationally last year. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be specially presented separately by both associations.
The awards to be presented are: West Indies player of the year, West Indies Women's player of the year, West Indies One day International (ODI) player of the year, West Indies Test Match player of the year, West Indies Twenty20 player of the year, Emerging player of the year, First-class Four-day player of the year, First-class Limited Overs player of the year, First-class team of the year, Under-19 player of the year, Under-19 team of the year, and the Caribbean Twenty20 player of the year.
Special awards: WIPA Lifetime Achievement award and the WICB Lifetime Achievement award.