Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) today announced that the Women’s International Player of the Year trophy, as presented at the Allan Border Medal each year, will be renamed the Belinda Clark Award
Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) today announced that the Women’s International Player of the Year trophy, as presented at the Allan Border Medal each year, will be renamed the Belinda Clark Award.
Presented to the best performed Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars player each year, the title will now carry the name of one of the game’s greats, with the first winner of the newly named award to be announced at the 13th annual Allan Border Medal at Crown Palladium on Monday night.
Previous winners of the award include Karen Rolton, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Lisa Sthalekar and Shelley Nitschke.
Clark, who played 15 Tests scoring 919 runs at an average of 45.95, along with 118 ODIs amassing 4844 runs at 47.49, said she was honoured to have the award named after her.
“It’s a great honour to be linked to an award that recognises excellence and performance,” Clark said.
“The great part of awards like these is that they are based on the view of people that work closely with you including your teammates.
“There is no greater honour than being recognised by your teammates as you together strive to achieve success on the field.
“There is a rich and successful history of great Australian female players who played in very successful teams and to be involved in the ongoing award is very humbling,” she said.
The 13th annual Allan Border Medal will be held on Monday night at Crown Palladium and will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS from 8:30pm with delayed coverage on NINE (GEM) from 9:30pm.
2002 - Karen Rolton
2003 - Karen Rolton
2004 - Cathryn Fitzpatrick
2005 - Karen Rolton
2006 - Karen Rolton
2007 - Lisa Sthalekar
2008 - Lisa Sthalekar
2009 - Shelley Nitschke
2010 - Shelley Nitschke
2011 - Shelley Nitschke
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First Posted 22 February, 2012 4:06PM AEST