Port of Spain, June 6: He might be an outcast in West Indies cricket at the moment, but dashing opener Chris Gayle was the toast of the annual Players Association awards, getting bestowed with the 'Cricketer of the Year' trophy.
Gayle, who has been excluded from the team after he accused the West Indies Cricket Board of not keeping him in the loop regarding his injury problems, was named the 2010 West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Cricketer of the Year. The announcement was made on Sunday night's eighth annual awards at the Queen's Hall, St Ann's.
Gayle, who emerged the highest run-getter in the India Premier League last month with a whopping 608 runs in 12 innings, pipped Shivnarine Chanderpaul, current West Indies captain Darren Sammy and the frenetic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for the top award.
The 31-year-old opener has been relegated to a spectator in the ongoing tour by the Indian team after being ignored for the lone T20 and the first two ODIs of the series.
Gayle thanked god and his young opening partner in the state side, Adrian Barath.
"I feed off of him a lot and it is a big inspiration for me to see a youngster dominate the bowling at the other end. It inspires me to do well," he said.
Gayle was also awarded the WIPA 'Test Match Player of the Year' award, beating Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn and Kemar Roach.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard was bestowed the 'One Day International Player of the Year' trophy. Pollard neutralised competition from Gayle, Narsingh Deonarine and Dwayne Bravo in the category.