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Gayle, Taylor nominated for ICC Decade Awards

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:29 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer

Two of Jamaica’s most iconic cricketers, Chris Gayle and Stafanie Taylor, are in line to pick up international awards as they and Barbadian Deandra Dottin have been nominated for ICC Awards of the Decade.

The awards, a special edition of the ICC annual awards, will celebrate and reward top performances in the sport from January 1, 2011, to October 7 this year from both the men’s and women’s game.

Gayle has been nominated for the ICC Men’s Twenty20 International (T20I) Cricketer of the Decade, an award that recognises the best overall performer in the men’s T20I format during the performance period. Gayle was a member of the West Indies team when they won the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions in Sri Lanka in 2012 and again in India in 2016.

Arguably the most decorated West Indies female cricketer, Taylor, the Windies Women’s captain, has been nominated for the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Decade.

The award recognises the best overall performer in women’s international cricket across all formats – Tests, One-day Internationals (ODI) and T20Is – during the performance period.

The former Eltham High player has gone on to play 126 ODIs and 108 T20Is for Windies Women since making her international debut at the age of 17 in June 2008.

With 4,754 ODI runs and 3,062 T20Is runs under her belt, Taylor has also taken 142 ODI wickets, the second-highest for Windies Women, nine behind fellow off-spinner Anisa Mohammed. Taylor, who is now in Australia playing in the Women’s Big Bash League, has also taken 94 T20I wickets.

Dottin has been nominated for the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade, which recognises the best overall performer in women’s T20Is during the performance period.

Although it would not count as a factor in her consideration, Dottin’s maiden T20I hundred of 112 not out against South Africa Women in the opening match of ICC Women’s World T20 2010 at Warner Park in St Kitts was the first by a woman in the sport.