The voting for the 2018 Barmies closed at the weekend. It’s no surprise that the winner of the International Player of the Year for 2018 is the current Indian skipper, adding to the 2017 award he won in the same category. Here he is speaking last summer whilst the team were touring Sri Lanka. Knowing that Virat was unlikely to be able to pop across to this year’s event Andy Thompson, our Membership Secretary and Tour Manager, headed down to the warm up match in Chelmsford to present him with both awards. He seemed genuinely pleased to receive them and confirmed he would be doing his best to secure a hat trick next year. We wished him well for the series of course, hoping it would be closely fought and diplomatically adding that we hoped the best team would win.  I think he knew what we really meant though! The event proper takes place after play next Friday and tickets are still available.