The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has offered its congratulations to national team players Sunil Narine and Stafanie Taylor, who were both honoured at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo on Saturday.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine was named ICC Emerging Player of the Year while all-rounder Stafanie Taylor won the ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year.
President Dr Julian Hunte, issuing a statement on behalf of the Board of Directors of the WICB, praised slow bowler Narine for his impact since taking his international bow late in 2011.
"In just a short time Sunil has come on the scene and has demonstrated his immense ability as a leading spin bowler," said Hunte. "He has been successful in all three formats of the game and is a deserving recipient of the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award."
Hunte added: "We want to urge him to use this as a stepping stone to great things as he looks set to play a crucial role in the future development of West Indies cricket. Last year the West Indies also won this award - through Devendra Bishoo - so this shows the young talent in the region is blossoming."
Hunte was equally effusive of Taylor's efforts with bat and ball over the last 12 months.
"For the second year in a row Stafanie has dominated the women's game and it was clear she would win the prize of ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year," Hunter proffered. "She has done remarkably well for West Indies leading the team to series wins over India and Sri Lanka earlier this year as well as in the ICC Women's World Cup qualifiers in Bangladesh last year. She continues to demonstrate why she is the Number 1 player in the women's game and we salute her for her commitment and dedication to West Indies cricket and personal and professional development."