White Ferns star Amelia Kerr was honoured by her team-mates as the recipient of the coveted CPA Players’ Award for 2021/22 in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday evening.
At 21 years of age this makes Kerr the youngest recipient of the CPA Players’ Award since its inception joining, an exclusive club with two-times winner Amy Satterthwaite, three-times winner Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates who won the inaugural award in 2016.
An emotional Kerr said “it is a huge honour to win the CPA Players’ Award as it is voted by your peers and your team-mates. To win this award I’m very humbled and every time I go out there, I want to perform well and put the hard work in and to receive this recognition from your team-mates is a huge honour.
The skilful all-rounder was steady with the bat and ball over the summer both in the ICC Cricket World Cup and the series versus India, where she scored 353 runs and took 7 wickets including a fabulous 119 runs in the 2nd ODI to be named ICC Player of the Month for February.
Former White Fern and Tauranga local Morna Neilsen was asked to present the player’s most cherished award.
Neilsen recognised “It’s the highest award you can get as a player, being able to have that recognition from your peer group that over the course of the season you have contributed massively to the team is an honour. Amelia will be stoked with it, and it’s only the beginning for her. She is so young, has improved so much and this is the first of many more to come.”
The CPA Players’ Award recognises the contribution players make in every match, and comes with the knowledge of the strategies and key moments within each game. This year’s voting was close with a number of players in contention heading in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2022, with the recipient unclear until the final match of the tournament.
The leading CPA Players’ Award vote recipients from each series during 2021/22 were
CPA Players’ Award recipients
About the CPA Players Award
The CPA Players’ Award is awarded to the most outstanding White Ferns Cricketer of the Year for performances in official International matches over the preceding 12-month period and shall be judged by the players, and coaching staff.
At the completion of each match, each player and coaching staff will cast their own individual vote. The player who tallies the most votes will be awarded 3 points towards ‘CPA Players’ Award’ for that match. The players tallying the second most and third most votes will be awarded 2 points and 1 point respectively. In order to compensate for the difference in formats and to ensure that players from all formats of the game have a fair chance of winning the award, a weighting system will apply to all votes. One Day International matches will attract a ‘weighting factor’ of 3 and T20I matches a ‘weighting factor’ of 2.