100% Cricket Female Cricket Initiative and Associated Female Performance of the Year


ICC Associate Members have continued to find ways to innovate, engage and inspire over the past year under the most difficult of circumstances amid the covid pandemic, but the nations of cricket have used a combination of determination and creative thinking to overcome all obstacles in their path.

ICC Development Awards – Part I: Development Initiative and Associated Male Performance of the Year

ICC Development Awards – Part II: Fan Engagement and Initiative Cricket 4 Good Social Impact of the Year

From the development of children’s motor skills to the accessibility of cricket, initiatives in associated countries continue to ensure the wide spread of the game with a marked increase in participation.

The 2021 ICC Development Awards reflect these achievements and show how Associate Members continue to empower individuals and reach out to communities. We celebrate these stories on this International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Regional winners will now be offered as nominees for global awards to be decided in the coming weeks.

100% Female Cricket Initiative of the Year

The 100% Women’s Cricket Initiative of the Year recognizes outstanding women’s cricket-focused initiative by an Associate Member to promote the game, either through a physical participation program or a digital game development during the year.

Women’s football booming in East Asia Pacific and pandemic recovery efforts Vanuatu were boosted by the launch of the Women’s Island Cricket Program (WICP).

In October, 175 women from Port Vila and Tanna took part in the launch which was followed by a full week of competition and social impact activities.

National teams have gone two years without playing international cricket due to COVID-19, but the recreational scene remains vibrant with the WICP empowering women and girls through cricket.

In Africa the Sierra Leone The Criiio Cricket Women’s Leadership Program has been recognized. 80 women and girls, mostly teachers, have been trained in event management, cricket officiating, scoring, coaching and reporting and are now coordinating entry-level programs to try to bring thousands of schoolchildren in sport.

In Europe, Germany won the award after forming the Winterwunderliga to give women new to the sport a chance to play in the winter indoor season.

Building on last summer’s success, 120 players – 80 percent of whom were complete novices just a year ago – took part in squads with bases in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt with experienced national team players assigned to each as mentors.

Bahrain embarked on the historic task of creating the country’s first-ever women’s cricket team. A heartwarming response saw almost 200 registrations and the BCF Women’s League was formed in December 2021, with the Women’s National Team being a direct result of the initiative.

The league overcame significant challenges, from culture to logistics – a lack of grass pitches saw games played on sandy pitches with cement wickets – and the players’ unwavering determination to succeed showed through. , giving them the wings to fulfill their cricketing dreams .

A new league was also created in the United States, which won the award in the Americas. The new women’s intra-regional competition for aspiring female hardball cricketers was launched in June 2021 and featured 12 teams playing a mix of T20 and 40-over matches across four geographical regions.

The inaugural tournament established a clear path from grassroots to representative cricket and selectors chose teams to represent each of the four regions, which later became the Western Conference and Eastern Conference teams.

In total, almost 160 women participated – many of whom were playing competitive games for the first time. As a result, many young players have made their national team debuts in recent months.

100% Cricket Female Cricket Initiative of the Year: nominees worldwide

ICC Associate Member Female Performance of the Year

The ICC Associate Member Female Performance of the Year Award recognizes the Outstanding On-Pitch Performance of the Year.

The Africa regional winner is Namibia. Capricorn Eagles delivered a thrilling performance against Tanzania in Gaborone in the second semi-final of the Africa T20 World Cup Women’s Qualifiers to earn a fourth straight victory that will be long remembered despite the team’s loss in final.

Captain Irene Van Zyl helped Namibia limit Tanzania, who are ranked seven places higher in the ICC MRF Tires Women’s T20I Team Rankings, to 89/7 before her side recovered 39-for-five to seal a famous victory by two wickets with a ball to spare. .

Best performance of the year by an associate member in women’s football in Asia was judged Thailand win against full member Bangladesh in ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifying.

Nattaya Boochatham took five wickets to limit Bangladesh to 176 from their 50 overs and an open 90 run position between Sornnarin Tippoch and Natthakan Chantham set the stage for a 16 run win.

The historic victory over the highly ranked team was a significant step forward for Thai cricket and highlighted its development in the 50+ format, as well as recent successes in the T20.

In Europe, the regional winner was Scotland following their five-wicket win over Ireland in the Women’s T20 World Cup Europe 2021 qualifier.

The win, inspired by 16-year-old Katherine Fraser (3-14) and Kathryn Bryce’s 46-step captain’s rounds, was crucial in securing the Scottish women’s place at the World Qualifying Tournament.

In the Americas, Brazil won the award following an incredible performance against Canada in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier.

Canada needed three runs from the final to win only for Brazil to take five wickets from as many balls and seal victory, with two run-outs sandwiching a Laura Cardoso hat-trick to send the crowd into a frenzy.

Brazil had never beaten Canada before and the performance, especially from 16-year-old Cardoso, should inspire future generations of Brazilian cricketers.

ICC Associate Member Female Performance of the Year: Global Nominees

ICC Associate Member Female Performance of the Year: Global Nominees

The full list of regional winners and global nominees in each category can be found below.

ICC Development Initiative of the Year

Argentina Cricket – Local production of junior bats

Hong Kong Cricket – HKJC Community Sustainability Program – Cricket for All

Namibia Cricket – Ashburton Kwata Mini Cricket Scheme

Cricket Netherlands – Multipurpose Movement Partner

Persatuan Cricket Indonesia – National Sports Week 2021 Papua (PON Games Papua 2021)

100% Female Cricket Initiative of the Year

Bahrain Cricket Association – Building a Strong Community of Female Cricketers

Cricket Germany – Winterwunderliga

Sierra Leone Cricket Association – CRIIIO Women’s Leadership Cricket Program

USA Cricket – A new women’s intra-regional competition for aspiring female hardball cricketers

Vanuatu Cricket Association – Launch of the Women’s Island Cricket program on the island of Tanna

ICC Associate Member Male Performance of the Year

Argentina – Outstanding performance in 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Qualifier

Namibia – Beat Ireland in the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup

Scotland – Victory against Bangladesh in Group B of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

PNG – ICC Senior World Cup opener v Oman to open ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

United Arab Emirates – the United Arab Emirates beat Ireland in their first series win against a Test nation

ICC Associate Member Female Performance of the Year

Brazil – win over Canada in ICC T20 Americas World Cup qualifiers

Namibia – Namibia vs Tanzania, September 17, 2021

Scotland – Victory against Ireland Women in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Europe 2021

Thailand – Was victorious against a full member nation, beating Pakistan

ICC Digital Fan Engagement of the Year

Cricket Canada – Social Media Campaign Leading to ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup

Estonian Cricket Association – “Always On” Social Media Fan Engagement Strategy

Kuwait Cricket – KCC Mobile App Development

Cricket PNG – Maximizing Digital ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Fan Engagement

Uganda Cricket Association – #Cheer4BabyCricketCranes Campaign

ICC Cricket 4 Good Social Impact Initiative of the Year

Bhutan Cricket Council Board – Introduction of Cricket in Merak and Sakteng Remote Areas

Cricket Italy – Cricket for Climate Change

Peru Cricket – Ari Atinchismi Training in Rural Indigenous Communities of Cusco

Nigeria Cricket Federation – Special Response Program for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Samoa International Cricket Association – Disabled Cricket Program (Cricket for All Activities)

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