Sachin, Gambhir nominated for ICC Awards


Dubai : Last year’s winner Sachin Tendulkar has been short-listed for the Cricketer of the Year award while his team mate Gautam Gambhir is in the ODI Player of the Year category for the LG International Cricket Council Awards to be held in London September 12.

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England batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott and Hashim Amla of South Africa are the other short-lists in the Cricketer of the Year category. The votes have been cast by the independent 25-person academy.

Trott and Cook are also short-listed for the Player of the Year award alongside compatriot James Anderson. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis and Amla are the other nominations. The awards will be presented in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).

The Twenty20 International Performance of the Year sees New Zealand’s Tim Southee short-listed alongside England’s Tim Bresnan, Australia’s Shane Watson and South Africa’s JP Duminy.

This year’s awards includes 10 individual prizes, including the People’s Choice Award and also features a newly designed Spirit of Cricket Award which honours a moment by an international player that has most adhered to the Spirit of Cricket. This award is nominated and voted for by the Elite Panel of ICC match referees and umpires.

The long-lists were made by a five-man selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd. The panel also includes former captains Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan and England’s Mike Gatting and New Zealand’s Danny Morrison and South Africa’s Paul Adams.

The David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year award was voted on by the 10 current Test captains and the anel of ICC match referees and is partly based on the umpires’ performance statistics.

This year’s nominees are 2009 and 2010 Umpire of the Year Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and five-time Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel (Australia), along with Austalia’s Steve Davis and Ian Gould of England.

The Emerging Player of the Year short-list features two players from the West Indies – Devendra Bishoo and Darren Bravo – and two from Pakistan – Wahab Riaz and Azhar Ali.

To qualify for that award, a player must be under the age of 26 at the start of the observation period and have played fewer than five Tests and/or 10 ODIs and/or five T20Is at the start of the voting period.

The awards are decided after take into account the performances by players and officials in the period between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011,

The awards ceremony is now in its eighth year and this year will be held in London. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009), Dubai (2008) and Bangalore (2010).

Short-lists of nominees:

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), Alastair Cook (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) and Jonathan Trott (Eng)

ICC Test Player of the Year: James Anderson (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA) and Jonathan Trott (Eng)

ICC ODI Player of the Yea: Hashim Amla (SA), Gautam Gambhir (Ind), Kumar Sangakkara (SL) and Shane Watson (Aus).

ICC Emerging Player of the Year: Azhar Ali (Pak), Devendra Bishoo (WI), Darren Bravo (WI) and Wahab Riaz (Pak).

ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned), Hamid Hassan (Afg), Kevin O’Brien (Ire), and Paul Stirling (Ire).

ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Tim Bresnan (Eng) – 3-10-3-4 v Pakistan, Cardiff, 7 September 2010; JP Duminy (SA) – 96 not out (54b, 10×4, 4×6) v Zimbabwe, Kimberley, 10 October 2010; Tim Southee (NZ) – 4-1-18-5 v Pakistan, Auckland, 26 December 2010; Shane Watson (Aus) – 59 (31b, 6×4, 3×6) v England, Adelaide, 12 January 2011.

ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards (Eng), Lydia Greenway (Eng) Shelley Nitschke (Aus) and Stafanie Taylor (WI).

David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar (Pak), Steve Davis (Aus), Ian Gould (Eng) and Simon Taufel (Aus).

ICC Spirit of Cricket: MS Dhoni (Ind) – for his recall of Ian Bell during the second Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge, July/August 2011; Jacques Kallis (SA) – for twice during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 walking after clarifying with the opposition fielder if they had caught the ball cleanly.

LG People’s Choice Award: Hashim Amla (SA), MS Dhoni (Ind), Chris Gayle (WI), Kumar Sangakkara (SL) and Jonathan Trott (Eng).