Amla up for top ICC award

2012-08-30 08:10

Colombo - Australia's Michael Clarke has been selected as captain of the International Cricket Council's Test team of the year and also been shortlisted with South Africans Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara for the International Cricketer of the Year award.

All four have been shortlisted for the Test Cricketer of the Year award, while Sangakkara has been nominated along with team-mate Lasith Malinga and India's M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli for the ODI player of the year prize.

The shortlists, announced on Thursday, were selected by a 32-member panel featuring media and former players from a period spanning from August 4, 2011 until August 6 this year. The winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy will be announced at a ceremony in Colombo on September 15, ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Paceman Dale Steyn was selected in the ICC Test team for the fifth consecutive year, joining fellow South Africans Amla, Philander and Jacques Kallis in the XI. AB de Villiers was named as 12th man.

Clarke, who has led Australia's resurgence in Test cricket since replacing Ricky Ponting as captain last year, was selected to lead the honorary team which features players from six countries.

Opener Alastair Cook, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and paceman Stuart Broad were selected from England, which recently surrendered the No 1 Test ranking to South Africa. Sangakkara was selected to bat at No 3, with West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul at No 6, while Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal was chosen as the spin bowler.

Amla, Kallis and Sangakkara have made the ICC Test XI for three consecutive years.

"Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and well deserving of the recognition they receive as great cricketers of their era," ICC chief executive David Richardson said.

Other categories to be decided on September 15 include the best performance in a Twenty20 international - with West Indian Chris Gayle and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan among those nominated - and emerging cricketer of the year.

The ICC Test Team of the Year is (in batting order):

Alastair Cook (Eng)
Hashim Amla (SA)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Michael Clarke (Aus, captain)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)
Matt Prior (Eng - wicketkeeper)
Stuart Broad (Eng)
Saeed Ajmal (Pak)
Vernon Philander (SA)
Dale Steyn (SA)

12th Man – AB de Villiers (SA)

List of nominations for the International Cricket Council awards announced by the world governing body in Colombo on Thursday:

Cricketer of the year:

Hashim Amla (RSA)

Michael Clarke (AUS)

Vernon Philander (RSA)

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

Test cricketer of the year:

Hashim Amla (RSA)

Michael Clarke (AUS)

Vernon Philander (RSA)

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

One-day cricketer of the year:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND)

Virat Kohli (IND)

Lasith Malinga (SRI)

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

Women's one-day cricketer of the year:

Lydia Greenway (ENG)

Anisa Mohammed (WIS)

Sarah Taylor (ENG)

Stafanie Taylor (WIS)

Emerging cricketer of the year:

Doug Bracewell (NZL)

Dinesh Chandimal (SRI)

Sunil Narine (WIS)

James Pattinson (AUS)

Associate and Affiliate cricketer of the year

George Dockrell (IRL)

Ed Joyce (IRL)

Kevin O'Brien (IRL)

Paul Stirling (IRL)

Dawlat Zadran (AFG)

Twenty20 international performance of the year:

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SRI) - 104 not out off 57 balls v Australia

Chris Gayle (WIS) - 85 not out off 52 balls v New Zealand

Richard Levi (RSA) - 117 not out off 51 balls v New Zealand

Ajantha Mendis (SRI) - six for 16 in four overs v Australia

Women's Twenty20 cricketer of the year:

Alyssa Healy (AUS)

Lisa Sthalekar (AUS)

Sarah Taylor (ENG)

Stafanie Taylor (WIS)

Umpire of the year:

Billy Bowden (NZL)

Aleem Dar (PAK)

Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

Simon Taufel (AUS)

Rodney Tucker (AUS)

Spirit of cricket award:

Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)

Jacques Kallis (RSA)

Daniel Vettori (NZL)

AB de Villiers (RSA)

People's choice award:

James Anderson (ENG)

Jacques Kallis (RSA)

Vernon Philander (RSA)

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

Winners will be announced at the awards night in Colombo on September 15.


  • pagel.trivia - 2012-08-30 08:22

    Hope he wins it - certainly is deserving. - 2012-08-30 08:33

      with Philander as test cricketer of the year!

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-30 08:48

      NOMINATED????? Who else could possibly win this award? Just give him the dam thing!

      rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-08-30 19:11

      He will win convincingly!

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-08-30 08:33

    My pride in our guys knows no bounds... Kanniewaggie!

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-30 08:35

    michael clarke, what has he done that is so amazing

      docnoo.boddy - 2012-08-30 08:47

      The cynic in me keeps saying that there is a bias towards all things Australia when it come to cricket just as their is with the All Blacks and rugby. Not to worry though, with the fine form that the Proteas are in at the moment my hope is that we teach the Aussies a lesson at the end of the year, after all it is results that matter and not other peoples opinions.

      lindy.leroux - 2012-08-30 11:25

      He has scored a few hundred in the year thus far, my question is, what has Chanderpaul done to deserve even a thought of being in the team?? " J "

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-30 12:18

      Chanderpaul is currently no. 3 in the Test batting rankings.

      derek.alberts.12 - 2012-08-30 15:22

      Clarke has scored 5 tons in the last 12 months:;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;spanmax1=30+Aug+2012;spanmin1=30+Aug+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-31 11:12

      Chanderpaul scored more runs this year than three others in the team (Amla, Kallis and Cook). And he scored at a higher average than everybody else but Hash. He's not out of place at all in the team.

  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-08-30 08:40

    Certainly there is no finer cricketer and gentleman in the game today. Good luck Hashim.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-30 08:45

    Fantastic, he deserves it, always a pleasure to watch

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-30 09:08

    That's two awards coming his way. Cricketer and test cricketer of the year. No way in hell anybody surpasses what he did. (Sorry Vern. Your bowling is awesome, but still... coming second after Amla is no small thing) Amla's skill makes me sick! Haha! The guy has the composure, skill, finesse of a cricket god! I will enjoy watching this man play for hopefully years to come.

      lindy.leroux - 2012-08-30 11:26

      I Agree with you, but lets just leave the word GOD out of it! " J "

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-30 11:59

      Hope to god that the "J" stands for JOKING

  • lawson.lutchman - 2012-08-30 09:09

    Whats right about outh African cricket...Hasim Amla...What wrong with South African cricket...Graeme Smith

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-30 09:21

      Whats wrong about him? His awesome record as a captain... or his awesome stats?

      lindy.leroux - 2012-08-30 11:29

      Lawson, you can't be drinking this early in the morning boet! " J "

      rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-08-30 19:15

      Whats wrong about you lawson? Everything!

  • sean.otto.9 - 2012-08-30 09:17

    Spirit of cricket award , two nominations for Kallis .... is he really that good lol

      rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-08-30 19:16

      Nice try, to get attention!

  • siphosomusa.khethukuthula - 2012-08-30 09:36

    Clarke captain? Why is that? Anyway the ICC awards usually go to the sub-continent players as always. Those decisions won't get reviewed ;)

      lindy.leroux - 2012-08-30 11:29

      They normaly choose the team first and then if there's a player that captains his national side he 9/10 times automatically gets the captaincy, and he deserves his place in that team, he scored a few hundres this year thus far! " J "

      rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-08-30 19:20

      There is reason why most of the time best batsman is from sub-continent! There wickets are heaven for batters. Hence they score more runs than others! But If you notice, mostly best bowler award goes to SA, Aus or Eng. But this time I guess Amla will get those best batsman awards for sure!

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-30 12:24

    My picks: Cricketer and Test cricketer: Hash ODI: Virat Emerging: Narine T20: Mendis. Sorry batters but those figures are off the scale for T20. Ump: Aleem Dar Spirit: JK People's: Will probably be Sachin but I'd prefer Vern.

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-08-30 15:52

    Peoples choice would go to S Tendulkar!!! Amla should get Cricketer and Test CR of the year

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-08-30 16:13

    Overall- Hash Tests- Vern had one hell of a year!!!! ODI- Virat Emerging- Brachwell T20- Levi or Mendis difficult one Spirit of Cr- J Kallis Players Choice- Tendulkar will win, But should be Vern!!!

      rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-08-30 22:50

      Tendulkar skipped lot of tournaments this year, he is not in contention for winning any award atleast this year!

  • - 2012-08-30 21:43

    If Amla doesn't not win the cricketer of the year award, than the judges or who ever selects the winner does not know what they doing

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