Yorkshire and England star Harry Brook – who will be aiming to kickstart England’s World Cup defence when they take on New Zealand, in Ahmedabad on Thursday – has been voted the 2023 cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year.
In winning the honour, Brook completed a PCA Awards hat-trick, having won three player-voted for awards in successive seasons, following his cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year award success in 2021 and 2022.
A record-breaking awards for Brook rounded off a sensational 12 months for the Yorkshire and England batter.
Scoring 2,149 runs in the last year across all formats, the 24-year-old helped his country win the T20 World Cup, alongside hitting maiden centuries in the IPL and The Hundred.
On receiving the cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year, Brook, said: “I wasn’t expecting to win this award if I’m honest, the last 12 months have been a dream come true and this is a huge honour.
“To contribute to wins for my country has been fantastic and I want to continue doing that. I’ve had the experience of playing in different conditions with and against some of the best players in the world so to help win games of cricket for England has made it even sweeter.
“It’s a great feeling having players vote for you and I want to say thank you to them. Looking at the high profile names on this trophy and to be alongside them is incredible. To have done what I have in the last 12 months in international cricket is a dream and hopefully it continues.
“I now can’t wait to be part of the World Cup, it’s going to be great fun and I’m looking forward to it getting underway.”
Keighley born Brook becomes the fifth Yorkshire player to win the cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year award – following on from Jonny Bairstow (2022), Joe Root (2021), Adam Lyth (2014) and Michael Vaughan (2002). Yorkshire’s Head Coach Ottis Gibson also won the award in 2007, while playing for Durham.
At the PCA awards ceremony in London on Monday, 2 October, Yorkshire and England’s Dawid Malan was awarded Metro Bank ODI Men’s Player of the Summer, Joe Root took home LV= Insurance Test Player of the Summer and Jonny Bairstow won Vitality IT20 Men’s Player of the Summer.
On a Northern Diamond’s front – Lauren Winfield-Hill and Katie Levick were selected in the Metro Bank PCA Women’s Team of the Year.
Yorkshire legend Katherine Sciver-Brunt, who announced retirement from international cricket this Summer, was awarded the ECB Special Merit award. The Barnsley-born right-arm seamer, who made her England debut in 2004, played 267 times for her country, taking 335 wickets across all formats.
While for the cinch PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year – Northern Diamonds’ keeper and power-hitting batter Bess Heath was nominated after a stellar 12 months which saw Heath earn an international debut, scoring 21 off 14 balls in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.
Funds raised throughout the evening went directly to the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, the players’ charity that provides support for PCA members and their immediate families when they need it most.
PCA Chief Executive, Rob Lynch, said: “This year was a momentous one for the game. To be able to celebrate all our winners at the most prestigious awards ceremony in cricket was the perfect end to a summer to remember. Congratulations to the four main award winners at this year’s cinch PCA Awards, all of them performed at an inspiring level and are deserving of their prizes.
“Well done to all award winners from this season, your phenomenal performances have helped make this an unforgettable summer.
“I would like to thank cinch for making the PCA Awards possible and for supporting the professional game.”
2023 cinch PCA Awards:
- cinch PCA Women’s Player of the Year – Tammy Beaumont
- cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year – Harry Brook
- cinch PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year – Mahika Gaur
- cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year – James Rew
- PCA Outstanding Contribution Award – Tom Smith
- Rado Recognition Award – The England Women’s team
- ECB Special Merit – Stuart Broad and Katherine Sciver-Brunt
- PCA Umpire of the Year – Men’s Game – Michael Gough
- PCA Umpire of the Year – Women’s Game – Anna Harris
List of awards recognised at the cinch PCA Awards
- PCA Women’s Overall Domestic MVP – Georgia Adams
- PCA Men’s Overall Domestic MVP – Liam Dawson
- IG PCA Men’s Team of the Year – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Lees, James Vince, Joe Clarke, James Rew (WK), Ryan Higgins, Liam Dawson, Simon Harmer, Dan Worrall, Matt Henry, Sam Cook.
- Metro Bank PCA Women’s Team of the Year – Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield-Hill (WK), Bryony Smith, Georgia Adams, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Maia Bouchier, Paige Scholfield, Linsey Smith, Katie Levick, Grace Ballinger, Lauren Bell.
- Metro Bank ODI Men’s Player of the Summer – Dawid Malan
- Metro Bank ODI Women’s Player of the Summer – Nat Sciver-Brunt
- LV= Insurance Test Player of the Summer – Joe Root
- Vitality IT20 Men’s Player of the Summer – Jonny Bairstow
- Vitality IT20 Women’s Player of the Summer – Alice Capsey
- Vitality Blast Player of the Year – Daniel Sams
- Charlotte Edwards Cup Player of the Year – Georgia Adams
- Metro Bank One Day Cup Player of the Year – Ed Barnard
- Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Player of the Year – Georgia Adams
- LV= Insurance County Championship Player of the Year – Liam Dawson
- The Hundred Men’s PCA MVP of the Year – Jamie Overton
- The Hundred Women’s PCA MVP of the Year – Marizanne Kapp