Episode 16 of Through the Pickets is out now. Auckland Aces keeper Ben Horne chats about his job with Tribe Recruitment, learning to ball room dance, and playing chess. He also shares his thoughts on tennis player Nick Kyrgios, tells the story of his matching tatoo with Lockie Ferguson, talks life and of course a bit of cricket. Listen where you get your podcasts or click on one of the images.
Since his international debut in the summer of 2020/21 Devon Conway has made a statement on the international stage with a range of stellar performances for the Blackcaps. None more emphatic that his Test debut double century at Lords last June – incidentally the tour that kicked off the recent Players’ Cap voting period.
The flurry at the end of the NZ home summer clashed with the IPL this year, which meant the traditional post season The Players’ Cap presentation was delayed until the presentation within the team hotel in Leeds yesterday, where Conway was named as the recipient of 11th edition of The Players’ Cap.
The players’ own aggregate voting format was once again fiercely contested this year with a host of players in line to receive this highly regarded honour. Conway’s impact across the Test format in particular saw him edge out Test captain Tom Latham, two-times Player’s Cap recipient Tim Southee and international newbie Will Young.
Blackcaps assistant coach and NZCPA life member Luke Ronchi had the honour of presenting The Players’ Cap to his fellow wicket-keeper and batsman.
Ronchi explained “ this is such a special award to receive as your team-mates have recognised your contribution for the greater good of the group even down to the small things you do that go to win games.
“Devon has contributed outstandingly over the past year, he has been one of those guys who since being named in the Blackcaps has come in and taken his chances from day one. I know he just missed out to Kyle (Jamieson) last year so great to see him pick up the Players’ Cap this time around.”
Conway had another outstanding season wearing the black cap, in particular against Bangladesh at home in the new year where he scored consecutive Test centuries (122 & 109) to be named player of the series.
Having recently recovered from a bout of covid the left-handed batsmen was humbled by the award stating “it’s been a really special time since getting the call up to the team. This is such a great group to belong to and I just want to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome and such a sense of belonging.
“To be recognised by your team-mates, your peers, your friends with The Players’ Cap is truly an honour and a privilege. There have been some incredible men who have won this before me and be in such esteemed company is incredible.”
The 2022 cap is the 11th edition of The Players' Cap and once again the player voted award highlighted the contribution’s made from many players across all formats. Devon Conway led the player votes in Tests just ahead of Tom Latham as the leading player in the players’ favoured format. In white ball cricket it was Will Young whose performances over the Netherlands ODI series saw him surge with a late rally to the overall voting tally, and Martin Guptill topped the T20i format.
The Players’ Cap leading vote recipients per format were:
The Players’ Cap leading vote recipients from each series during 2021/22 were:
About the Players’ Awards
To find out more about The Players’ Cap click here
The PLAYERS’ Cap Recipients:
2022: 11th - Devon Conway
2021: 10th - Kyle Jamieson
2020: 9th - Tim Southee
2019: 8th - Ross Taylor
2018: 7th - Trent Boult
2017: 6th - Kane Williamson
2016: 5th - Kane Williamson
2015: 4th - Kane Williamson
2014: 3rd - Ross Taylor
2013: 2nd - Tim Southee
2012: 1st - Brendon McCullum
Lisa Sthalekar has been confirmed as FICA’s President at the FICA Executive Committee meeting
held in Nyon, Switzerland this week. Lisa joins an esteemed list of past players who have been FICA
Presidents since its formation, including Barry Richards, Jimmy Adams and most recently Vikram
The Ex Co meeting was held in advance of the FICA and World Players’ Association Player
Development Conferences and was the first in person meeting of the group since the pandemic. The
Ex Co discussed a number of significant and upcoming issues for players and the game at global
level, including receiving presentations from Brendan Schwab, Executive Director of the World
Players’ Association and Geoff Allardice, Chief Executive of the ICC.
FICA Executive Chairman Heath Mills said:
“After consultation with our members we are delighted to announce Lisa’s appointment as FICA
President, our first female President. Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are
unparalleled as both a former player and broadcaster. Her previous roles as an Independent Director
of FICA and on the Board of the Australian Cricketers’ Association demonstrate her long standing
commitment to the players’ association movement and advancing player rights. The Ex Co would
like to thank Vikram Solanki, our outgoing President, for his significant contributions to FICA over his
“We would also like to thank Geoff Allardice, the CEO of the ICC, who made the trip to meet with us
and discuss issues in the global game and the ICC’s relationship with the players as it nears the start
of a new rights cycle for ICC Events. Clearly the involvement of the players is critical to the success
of ICC Events and the global game as a whole. We need to ensure there are high quality structures
and agreements in place to ensure the players and the ICC are optimising the significant
opportunities for the game at global level.”
Incoming FICA President Lisa Sthalekar said:
“I’m extremely honoured and excited to be FICA’s new President. We are entering a new phase of
the game which covers more cricket than ever before for our male and female players. More countries
are playing the game which demonstrates that cricket is certainly becoming a global game. I look
forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and players, and in particular to
working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work in partnership
with administrators to make our game even better.”
FICA Chief Executive Tom Moffat said:
“We had an insightful session with Brendan Schwab and Matt Graham from the World Players’
Association and continue to be committed to supporting the significant work World Players is doing,
including on human rights in sport. All sporting organisations, as businesses, should be committing
to respecting internationally recognised human rights.”
The Cricketer’s Trust is a charitable trust established by the current professional players and NZCPA with a view to assist past players who have fallen on hard times. The Trust is very proud of the work we do helping former players and their families who have contributed so much on and off the field. Former Blackcap Bruce Taylor’s wife Annie shares her story.
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.
Episode 15 of Through the Pickets is out now. Former Blackcap left arm pace bowler Gary Troup chats about playing in the 70s and 80s, the first test series win at home v The West indies 1980 and the drama and controversy that went with it. We discuss giving back to the community through local council and Sir John Walker's Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation and even chat life in the funeral business. Listen where you get your podcasts or click one of the images.