First presented in 1889, Wisden’s annual Cricketers of the Year award is one of the most prestigious in the game. Although the numbers and the format varied a little over its first years, the award is now recognised as being given to the five players deemed to have had the largest impact on the game during the previous calendar year. Importantly, a player can only be named a Cricketer of the Year once during their career, adding to the award’s prestige.
Historically, performances in England are seen to be the determining factor, however this has softened in recent years and influence on the game as a whole has also been considered. To further recognise the breadth of cricket, an additional award was introduced for the Leading Cricketer of the World in 2004, followed by the Leading Women’s Cricketer of the World award in 2015.
2016 saw a remarkable result for the BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS with the current skipper of each side, Kane Williamson and Suzie Bates, recognised as the Leading Cricketers of the World. We also saw former-BLACKCAPS’ captain, Brendon McCullum, further recognised as a Cricketer of the Year. The list below details every New Zealander to have been recognised by Wisden.
|YEAR||WISDEN'S CRICKETERS OF THE YEAR||WISDEN'S LEADING CRICKETER OF THE WORLD||WISDEN'S LEADING WOMEN'S CRICKETER OF THE WORLD|
|Five selected, first awarded 1889||One selected, first awarded 2003||One selected, first awarded 2015|
|Kane Williamson||Suzie Bates|
|1982||Sir Richard Hadlee|
|1959||John R Reid|
|1928||Roger Blunt||Click on a player's name to read their Wisden Cricketer of the Year story|