Annual ICC Awards
Former Sri Lanka Skipper Kumar Sangakkara is one of the players nominated for the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award. The long list of nominees is dominated by England which has as many as eight of the winning Ashes squad.
The nominees for Cricketer of the Year, Test Player and ODI Player of the year were selected by a five-man ICC Panel chaired by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, with performances considered in the period between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011.
England’s Ashes tour of Australia and the World Cup have been the main highlights of the year and this is clearly reflected in the nominations.
Sangakkara is also in the list of nominees for ODI Player of the Year together with team mates Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga.
Six cricketers – Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann of England, Australia’s Shane Watson, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla of South Africa and India’s Zaheer Khan are the only players to be nominated to all three categories.
Skipper Andrew Strauss heads the list after securing England’s historic first Test series success in Australia in 24 years last winter. The left-hander is joined by fellow opener Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett and James Anderson.
Strauss is, however, a surprising omission from the Test Player of the Year nominees with Kevin Pietersen joining the other list of names for the category.
Trott and Swann are England’s only nominees in the One-Day award while Trott is also in a select five-man group eligible for the People’s Choice Award – alongside India’s World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle and Hashim Amla – which will be chosen by fans from around the world.
The winners of the awards will be named at a ceremony in London on September 12.
England’s dominance of the two major awards is reflective of a 12-month period that finds them on the brink of becoming the world’s top-ranked Test side for the first time.
Victory in the ongoing third Test against India at Edgbaston will confirm their place at the top of Test cricket and depose the tourists – who have just three nominees for the World Player of the Year despite also winning the World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and injured quick Zaheer Khan are in line for the Sir Garfield Sobers award, while they are joined by Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh in the Test category.
India are unsurprisingly the best represented in the 50-over award with seven players nominated including Dhoni, after he lifted the World Cup trophy in Mumbai in April.
Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy): Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ian Bell (Eng), Stuart Broad (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Rahul Dravid (Ind), Jacques Kallis (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Andrew Strauss (Eng), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Chris Tremlett (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)
Test Player of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ian Bell (Eng), Stuart Broad (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Rahul Dravid (Ind), Jacques Kallis (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Ishant Sharma (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Chris Tremlett (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus).
ODI Player of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus), MS Dhoni (Ind), Gautam Gambhir (Ind), Mohammed Hafeez (Pak), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind), Lasith Malinga (SL), Munaf Patel (Ind), Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Shakib Al Hassan (Bang), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Tim Southee (NZ), Dale Steyn (SA), Graeme Swann (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus).