Ottis Gibson crowns amazing season with NatWest Player of the Year Award - 24/09/2007
At the NatWest PCA Awards which took place tonight at the Royal Albert Hall, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), in association with NatWest and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), confirmed Durham’s Ottis Gibson as the NatWest PCA Player of the Year.
The Awards are unanimously supported by the players, with the main awards voted on by the players themselves. The title of NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year was bestowed upon Yorkshire’s 19 year old Adil Rashid.
Runners up for NatWest PCA Player of the Year were Mushtaq Ahmed (Sussex), Andy Caddick (Somerset) and last year’s winner, Mark Ramprakash (Surrey). Runners up in the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year were Ravi Bopara, 22 (Essex), Stuart Broad, 21 (Leicestershire) and Luke Wright, 22 (Sussex).
The proceedings which were led by TV impressionist, Rory Bremner, also saw the following awards presented:
The ECB Special Award 2007
The MCC Spirit of Cricket Award 2007
The PCA Special Merit Award 2007 sponsored by Brit Insurance
PCA Umpire of the Year sponsored by Accenture
The Sky Sports Sixes Award 2007
Hewitt Team of the Year Award – selected using the PCA Rankings
The NatWest PCA Awards raised significant funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund, adding to an impressive total collected in previous years. The Fund is part of the PCA’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship, upheaval or to readjust to the world beyond the game.