Hameed nominated for PCA Young Player of the Year
Two of England’s newest recruits have been shortlisted by their peers for the headline honours at the NatWest PCA Awards. Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett has been nominated for the NatWest Players’ Player of the Year and joins Lancashire’s 19-year-old batsman Haseeb Hameed in the category for the NatWest Young Player of the Year.
Duckett is also in contention to become the first player to win both honours in the same year as he has also been nominated for the NatWest Young Player of the Year.
The NatWest Player of the Year and winner of the Reg Hayter Cup leads the most prestigious awards ceremony in English cricket and Duckett is joined by Durham batsman Keaton Jennings, Essex all-rounder Graham Napier and Warwickshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup-winning spinner Jeetan Patel on the shortlist.
The flagship award, which is voted for by current professional cricketers in England and Wales, will be presented at the 47th NatWest PCA Awards which will be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday September 28.
Two other rising stars will also be hoping to lift the John Arlott Cup and be recognised by their fellow professionals with Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond and Surrey’s Sam Curran joining Duckett and Hameed on the shortlist to be awarded the NatWest Young Player of the Year.
There are also three nominees in the Waitrose Women’s Player of the Summer category, voted for by players who featured for England women this summer and they earmarked Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver and Lauren Winfield as contenders.
The NatWest PCA Awards evening is an event run by the PCA in association with the England and Wales Cricket Board and will once again be sponsored by NatWest after previously holding naming rights for 10 years. The Awards reflect on and honour the domestic season with all monies raised on the night going to the PCA Benevolent Fund.
A detailed look at the nominees…
NOMINEES FOR NATWEST PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire)
Keaton Jennings (Durham)
Graham Napier (Essex)
Jeetan Patel (Warwickshire)
NOMINEES FOR NATWEST YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent):
Sam Curran (Surrey):
Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire):
Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire):