In a historic moment for women’s cricket in India, Indian batswoman Smriti Mandhana became the only Indian cricketer to be named in the Women’s Team of the Year 2016, as per an announcement made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai . The 20-year-old turned heads during her Australian tour, where she scored 157 runs in the three One-Day Internationals, including a maiden century.
Sort of like an international hall of fame for women’s cricket, the ‘Women’s Team of the Year’ is a new and novel award to acknowledge and appreciate the top performers in cricket in a 12-month period starting in September of the previous year.
Thus, based on the performances of the athletes between September 14, 2015 and September 20, 2016, eleven players were inducted into the team by a panel consisting of Clare Connor (Chair), Mel Jones and Shubhangi Kulkarni. This twelve month period included the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and the ICC Women’s Championship. This “team” will be skippered by West Indian player Stafanie Taylor.