Meg Lanning © Getty Images
Meg Lanning © Getty Images

In the ICC Awards 2015, Australia’s women’s captain Meg Lanning was named as the ICC Women’s One-Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year. She is the third Australian women’s cricketer after Karen Rolton in 2006 and Shelley Nitschke in 2010 to win highest women’s award. Last year, Lanning had won the ICC Twenty20 (T20I) Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award. Lanning has scored 531 runs with two centuries and three half-centuries in seven ODIs. On receiving this award, Lanning told icc-cricket.com, “This is a great honour. It’s been a wonderful year for the side and it was a massive highlight to defeat a strong England team on its own soil to bring home the Women’s Ashes.” ALSO READ: Meg Lanning: Women’s cricket is getting recognition

She added, “It’s also a privilege to be a part of a growing momentum in women’s cricket and public support for women’s sport in general – especially in Australia – and I hope other girls can take inspiration out of seeing what we’ve been able to achieve and dream they can do the same too.” West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor has won her maiden ICC T20I Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. Taylor made her debut in T20I this year against Ireland and scored 90 off 44 balls in West Indies 75-run win. She showed tremendous performance in ODI tour against Ireland, scoring 66 not out as an opening batsman, where West Indies won the series by 2-0. ALSO READ: West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor wants to keep improving

Richard Kettleborough completes hat-trick after receiving the David Shephard Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year award for the third consecutive time. He is the third umpire to complete hat-trick after Simon Taufel in 2004 to 2008 and Aleem Dar in 2009 to 2011. Kettleborough said, “I feel honoured and humbled at being voted by my peers as the ICC Umpire of the Year for the third successive year. I am privileged to be part of an outstanding and world-class group of match officials, who give nothing less than their best each time they step on to the field. I would not have won this award if I had not received their continuous support and guidance. I would also like to thank my family for all their support, which has allowed me carry on and enjoy what I love doing most.”