Ian Bell and Charlotte Edwards have been named England Men's Cricketer of the Year and Women's Cricketer of the Year 2013-14 respectively. Under-19s star Will Rhodes won England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year with England Disability Cricketer of the Year award being given to Stephen George from the England Deaf Squad.
All of the above four were given the awards at the historical Long Room at Lord's after they overcame their other competitors. While Ian Bell's competitors were Stuart Broad and Joe Root, England women's captain Charlotte Edwards was chosen over Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole who have all played huge roles in recent success.
Rhodes, meanwhile, led England to third place in the ICC U-19 World Cup and also made his Yorkshire debut last year which was enough for him to outshine the other nominees namely Ben Duckett, Matt Fisher and Rob Sayer. Stephen George on the other hand scored prolifically in England Deaf Squad's 6-0 win over South Africa.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “These awards are always fiercely contested and represent a huge accolade for the individuals concerned. Our congratulations go to all our award winners for their outstanding efforts on behalf of England teams over the past 12 months. We also thank our team sponsor Waitrose, and the MCC, for their help in staging this event in one of cricket’s most iconic locations – the Long Room at Lord’s.”
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