ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Bishoo named Emerging Player of the Year

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West Indies legspinner Devendra Bishoo has been named the Emerging Player of the Year for 2011 at the ICC Awards ceremony in London. He had competition from his team-mate Darren Bravo and the Pakistan pair of Wahab Riaz and Azhar Ali.

Bishoo, 25, played five Tests in the voting period - August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011 - and took 21 wickets at an average of 35.42. He also picked up 19 wickets at 21.57 each in 11 ODIs.

"I could not believe it when I was nominated for the ICC Emerging Player of the Year but to win it feels great," Bishoo said. "I would like to dedicate the award to my father. He played a great role in my life and encouraged me to play cricket. After he died I made a promise to always give my best and reach for the top.

"I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me along the way and also a special 'thank you' to the fans who have supported me. I hope I can continue to represent the West Indies with pride and improve my bowling and keep taking as many international wickets as I can. I'd like to thank the support staff and my team-mates of the West Indies and Guyana for all the support and guidance."

"It has been a challenging start to my international career so far but it has been an enjoyable start. The highlights so far have been playing in the World Cup, playing my first Test match on home soil, and playing against India. I have learned a lot in a short space of time and want to continue learning."

Previous winners of the Emerging Player Award are Irfan Pathan (2004), Kevin Pietersen (2005), Ian Bell (2006), Shaun Tait (2007), Ajantha Mendis (2008), Peter Siddle (2009) and Steven Finn (2010).

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  • Delbert on September 15, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    I totally agree that this award was for Bishoo. Cool can calm in pressured situations and bowl tight lines. Wahab Riaz is a gd talent but I couldn't see no one else winning this award. Pakistan had a chance to create history by beating West Indies in a series in the Caribbean, only if this was achieved by the help of Wahab bowling. The series was tied there. so Bishoo in my opinion deserved it.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    I Agree with all the people that say that Riaz didnt deserve it!!!! He has played cricket for nearly 3 years and doesn't fall in the emerging cateogry (new) and Riaz is not neary the talent as Bishoo.

  • Ahmed on September 14, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    This award was made for Amir :'( .

  • Rizwan on September 14, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    This is the only award given to a player that made sense to me or had me interested. I think Bishoo is a very talented young player, he gets impressive turn & bounce. Given his work ethic & age, he should become one of the top slow bowlers of the future. Now all of it deoends on West Indies board, how the nurture him. I also agree Wahab Riaz could have got it, he was very brilliant too. But Wahab needs to get more variation in his bowling.

  • Ganesh on September 14, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I've watched Bishoo played on numerous occasions before his call up to the WI during the world cup. more in particular i saw him played for guyana against barbados at the providence national stadium, he made the bajans looked like they were a school cricket team. I then told my girlfriend, that Bishoo will be the next guyanese player to represent WI. He did and has performed exceptionally well ever since. he is truly deserving of the EPY award. Well done my boy! Like all guyanese i'm proud of your accomplishments and like chanderpaul did, you too i'm confident will be a permanent fixture in the WI starting 11. i do hope to see your brother Veersammy Permaul as your partner in the WI line up soon bowling at the other end. Congrats my boy and all the best for a prolific cricketing career.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Bishoo is a brave, talented, and a level headed player, even Shane Warne wasn't that impressive when he made his debut. But Devendra seems to have matured enough to master the art of leg spin in the fast-bowler-friendly West Indian wickets. On the contrary Azar Ali and Wahab Riaz don't really have the wow factor..

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    @Stephon Joel Ramlogan: I won't say whether or not Wahab deserved it but I did read that he was "rested" and not dropped for the Zimbabwe test. @gottalovetheraindance: Once again, I'm not saying Wahab deserved it more. I should inform you that there is no bigger pressure game than being a Pakistani and bowling to India in a worldcup semifinal (probably bowling to India for the first time). Therefore your argument about "guts" doesn't look too good. Plus it is debatable whether only one 5 wicket haul in a high impact game is less important than better overall statistics.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    i could make a case for any of these players winning this award.What i can't understand is why do any1 have a problem with bishoo winning it.called up 4 the WC as an inexperience leg spin bowler(in my opinion the hardest trade to ply in cricket) against some of the best batsmen in the world and the guy impress.For that idiot that said he took most of his WK in the west indies, i have one question for you. Why do you think that the case????

  • Jawwad on September 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    On one hand you say Pakistan is at best a mediocre side and now you are awarding Bishoo based upon his performance against a mediocre side? Make up your mind. Which way is it? There is a limit to this one sided bias. Problem is the not the ICC but the Pakistan Board which has never worked to protect and project it's own players.

  • giovaughn on September 13, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Do we really understand the meaning of the word 'Emerging' or the phrase 'of the year'? Riaz has been playing for Pakistan since February 2008. Surely he could not just be emerging 3 years later? Riaz shouldn't have even received a nomination!! And even so the award is meant for the cricketer who has come on the International scene in the past year and has shown the most talent and promise by consistent performance. I.e. a cricketer to look out for as he could become a great player. One five wicket hall in a semi final vs. India does not mean that Riaz is a greater prospect than Bishoo. He takes more than 4 wickets a test match since debut compared to Wahab's 3. In Odi Bishoo goes for 1 run less than Riaz per over & they both average almost 2 wickets a match. It takes guts to be called up for an international debut in the biggest tournament in world cricket & not panic or be overcome by the occasion. He looks a greater prospect than Riaz does so he deserves the award. Simple logic

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