Japan Cricket Association – 2020 Annual Awards in Pictures
TIGERS club dominated season & New teams made their presence to earn accolades.
2020 has been a remarkable year for Japan Cricket considering season started in July instead of April first week and ended on 22nd of Nov, close to one month into the winter. As many as 270 games were played in a safe environment respecting COVID protocols ensuring players safety.
The season kicked off in all regions with Japan Cricket League division 40 games and Japan Cup T20s. Marquee event such as Japan Premier League was just a2-day rainy affair with no reserve days. Japan Cup nationals were washout to everyone’s disappointment. But Embassy Cup weekend was the best which saw good weather and an overall good day of cricket. Recipient of the winners in various categories is as below.
Japan Cricket Association Player of the Year (Men)
Japan Cricket Superstar all-rounder, led Tigers and South Kanto Super Kings to Title Win along with scoring tons of runs taking wickets.
683 runs (avg 62.09)
22 wicket (avg 8.64)
Batsman, wicketkeeper known for his T20 batting, brightened the season with 45 ball 100 and similar knocks in league games.
412 runs (avg 41.2)
All-rounder is known for his stay at the wicket scored 5 consecutive 50s in Div 1 league and spinning those off-breaks.
475 runs (avg 79.17)
Sabaorish with a total of MVP Points 177.49 yet again continued his splendid performance season after season to win 4 awards in the individual category and 3 title wins leading respective teams. Total 7 in total.
Complete season MPV link here. ( select season 2020)
Japan Premier League
CHAMPIONS: South Kanto Super Kings ( 4th title win)
Best Batsman: Abhipray Dewan (Sunrisers), 79 runs,
Best Bowler: Kohei Kubota (Super Kings), 6 wickets
Japan Cricket League Division 1
CHAMPIONS: TIGERS CC ( 1st title win)
MVP: Sabaorish Ravichandran , 449 runs & 17 wkts
Best Batsman: VINAY IYER (ALPHA QUASHERS) 359 runs, avg 89.2
Best Bowler: Sabaorish Ravichandran (TIGERS)
SPIRIT OF CRICKET 🏏 - Division 1
Wyverns Cricket Club, a team that mostly consists of the national squad members like Wataru Miyauchi, Shogo Kimura, Tomoki Ota, Raheel Kano, Nozomi Tomizawa, Naotsune Miyaji and few more. It’s a team that plays cricket with discipline & patience. It must have been a close race with AQCC however Wyverns belief in playing a pure form of cricket must have edged out AQCC to win this award.
This award and spirit of cricket point need to have a say as points before semifinal deciders. It will definitely curb down and improve behavioural aspects.
SPIRIT OF CRICKET 🏏 - Division 2
Alpha Quashers Cricket Club deservedly won the Spirit of Cricket Award for the year 2020. This is one Club whose division 1 and 2 team has played cricket in the right spirit in every aspect.
Right from communication before the game, to the on-field behaviour and keeping healthy competitiveness on the field. This is one team you can not have a grudge against.
Japan Cricket League Division 2
CHAMPIONS: TIGERS CC
MVP: ANKIT THAKUR (TIGERS), 158 runs & 11 wkts
Best Batsman: PRANJAL THAPIYAL (TIGERS), 218 runs
Best Bowler: DEV MISHRA (FALCONS), 16 wkts
SPIRIT OF CRICKET 🏏 - Division 3
ADORE CRICKET CLUB
Japan Cricket League Division 3
CHAMPIONS: TOKYO RANGERS CC
MVP: NOOR MOHAMMED BRAHIM (Rangers), 193 runs & 6 wkts
Best Batsman: Naven Gaur (TIGERS), 224runs
Best Bowler: Abhishek Khattri Chhetri (Rangers), 18 wkts
Japan cup T20s regional Champions
EAST KANTO: MEN IN BLUE
MVP: Sarfraz Petkar (MIB)
WEST KANTO: WYVERNS
MVP: Wataru Miyauchi(Wyverns)
NORTH KANTO: SULTANS OF JAPAN
MVP: ASHIQ HUSSAIN
SOUTH KANTO: TIGERS CC
MVP: Jano Ventor (Wombats)
KANSAI: KOBE HAWKS
MVP: UMAR MALIK
TOKAI : Kawasaki Knight Riders
MVP: Kawasaki Knight Riders(KKR),
TOHOKU: SENDAI LIONS
MVP: Manoj Nuwan
Japan Cricket League - Umpire of the Year
Umpire : Chris Thurgate
Umpire : Prashant Kale
A new category of award started this year to honour the Umpires contribution in the Game. Shortlisting of Umpires who stood for 3 or more games was done and were ranked based on the captain’s feedback.