Kent and England women’s captain Charlotte Edwardshas beenawarded a CBE for services to cricket as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The CBE is the highlight of a remarkable year for Charlotte Edwards, having led England to back-to-back Women’s Ashes successes, as well as being instrumental in her team making the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh in March.
At the start of April Edwards also became only the second women’s player to ever be named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year. This accolade was followed earlier this week (Monday June 9) when ECB named her as the England Women’s Cricketer of the Year – the fourth time she has won this award during her 18 year international career.
In 2008 Edwards was named as the ICC’s Women’s Player of the Year, and in 2009 led England to a double triumph in the ICC Women’s World Cup and ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament.
Commenting on her award, Charlotte Edwards said: “I am absolutely delighted. This is a huge honour and rounds-off an extraordinary year for me and the England women’s side. I am so proud of everything that the team has achieved over the last 12 months – to win back-to-back Women’s Ashes Series and reach an ICC World Twenty20 final is pretty special.”
Kent Chief Executive and Chairman of Kent Cricket Board, Jamie Clifford commented: "I am thrilled for Lottie. She is an exceptional cricketer and a wonderful role model. There is no doubt that she has helped transform the profile of women's cricket not just in the UK but around the world. The award of a CBE is wonderful recognition for all that she has achieved for the game."