Long lists announced for ICC Awards

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan have both been nominated in three different categories at the LG ICC Awards 2009.

The two men feature in the long-lists for the Awards, which will take place at a glittering ceremony in Johannesburg on 1 October. In addition, there are 18 players who are nominated in two distinct categories.

All appear among the long-lists of nominations for prizes at the sixth annual LG ICC Awards, presented in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA). The long-lists were announced at a function in Mumbai today hosted by former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri and attended by current India opener Virender Sehwag – who himself is one of the players nominated for the ODI Player of the Year award – and ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

This year’s LG ICC Awards includes eight individual prizes and also features the selection of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year and the award to the side that has adhered most to the Spirit of Cricket.

“The LG ICC Awards are an opportunity for the ICC and FICA to acknowledge and celebrate the remarkable performances of the world’s top players,” said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

“It is also a chance for followers of our great sport to reflect on some of the great cricketing feats they have witnessed over the past year. This will be the sixth time the awards have been handed out and yet again there are so many great performances to recall. Selecting the winners will no doubt test our selectors and voting academy,” he said.

The long-lists of nominations were made by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd. The panel also includes former players such as India’s Anil Kumble, Mudassar Nazar of Pakistan, Bob Taylor of England and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming.

The individual player awards will be selected by an academy of 25 highly credentialed cricket personalities from around the world. The academy includes a host of former players and respected members of the media, representatives of the Emirates Elite Panels of ICC Umpires and ICC Match Referees.

The nominations from the Women’s Cricketer of the Year were decided after a committee of former players, current administrators and journalists created a long-list. The award will then be voted for by a separate 25-person voting academy.

The Spirit of Cricket Award was voted on by all international captains as well as all members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. The Umpire of the Year Award was voted on by the captains and the match referees based on the umpires’ performance statistics.

Dilshan is yet to win an ICC Award but he has a good chance this year as he is named among the nominees for the ICC Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year and the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year.

Dhoni is a previous winner at the LG ICC Awards having been named as the ODI Player of the Year in 2008. He was also named in the 2008 ODI Team of the Year. This year he has been nominated in the Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year categories.

The Emerging Player of the Year nominees include Australia’s new finds Philip Hughes, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle as well as the New Zealand duo of Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder. India is represented in that category through leg-spinner Amit Mishra while there is also a place for Kemar Roach of the West Indies and England seamer Graham Onions.

To qualify for that award a player must be under the age of 26 and have played fewer than five Tests and/or 10 ODIs at the start of the voting period.
 
The Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in all international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC Full Members. This year, Ireland boasts the most number of nominees with seven names on the list. This is followed by the Netherlands with three and Canada with two names while Kenya and Scotland claim one player each.

Based on the period between 13 August 2008 and 24 August 2009, the LG ICC Awards 2009 – presented in association FICA – will take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.

That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England, the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 in Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 in South Africa, as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series.

The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its sixth year and this year it will be held in Johannesburg to coincide with the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007) and Dubai (2008).
 
LG ICC Awards 2009

Long-lists of nominees (in alphabetical order; each category will be reduced to a short-list in due course)

Individual Awards
Cricketer of the Year
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)
Gautam Gambhir (Ind)
Saqib Al Hasan (Ban)
Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
Graham Onions (Eng)
Thilan Samaraweera (SL)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Harbhajan Singh (Ind)
Graeme Smith (SA)
Andrew Strauss (Eng)
Daniel Vettori (NZ)
AB de Villiers (SA)

Test Player of the Year
Stuart Broad (Eng)
Michael Clarke (Aus)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)
Gautam Gambhir (Ind)
Saqib Al Hasan (Ban)
Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
VVS Laxman (Ind)
Jesse Ryder (NZ)
Thilan Samaraweera (SL)
Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI)
Peter Siddle (Aus)
Harbhajan Singh (Ind)
Graeme Smith (SA)
Dale Steyn (SA)
Andrew Strauss (Eng)
Graeme Swann (Eng)
Daniel Vettori (NZ)
AB de Villiers (SA)

ODI Player of the Year
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)
Andrew Flintoff (Eng)
Chris Gayle (WI)
Umar Gul (Pak)
Martin Guptill (NZ)
Michael Hussey (Aus)
Nuwan Kulasekara (SL)
Ajantha Mendis (SL)
Muttiah Muralidaran (SL)
Yuvraj Singh (Ind)
Virender Sehwag (Ind)
Thilan Thushara (SL)
 
Emerging Player
Martin Guptill (NZ)
Ben Hilfenhaus (Aus)
Philip Hughes (Aus)
Amit Mishra (Ind)
Graham Onions (Eng)
Kemar Roach (WI)
Jesse Ryder (NZ)
Peter Siddle (Aus)
 
Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year
Rizwan Cheema (Can)
Khurram Chohan (Can)
Alex Cusack (Ire)
Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned)
Trent Johnston (Ire)
Neil McCallum (Sco)
Kevin O’Brien (Ire)
Niall O’Brien (Ire)
William Porterfield (Ire)
Boyd Rankin (Ire)
Edgar Schiferli (Ned)
Steve Tikolo (Ken)
Regan West (Ire)
Bas Zuiderent (Ned)
 
Twenty20 International Performance of the Year
Shahid Afridi (Pak) has been nominated for three separate performances, all during the ICC World Twenty20 2009 (WT20) – he took 4-11 against the Netherlands at Lord’s on 9 June; he scored 51 off 34 balls and took 2-16 against South Africa during the semi-final in Nottingham on 18 June; and he took 1-20 and scored 54 not out off 40 balls against Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s on 21 June
Saeed Ajmal (Pak) – took 4-19 against Ireland at the Oval during the WT20 on 15 June
Dwayne Bravo (WI) – took 4-38 and scored 66 not out off 36 balls against India during the WT20 at Lord’s on 12 June
Alex Cusack (Ire) – took 4-18 against Sri Lanka during the WT20 at Lord’s on 14 June
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) has been nominated for two performances – he scored 96 not out off 57 balls against the West Indies in the semi-final of the WT20 at The Oval on 19 June; he previously scored 74 in 47 balls, also against the West Indies during the WT20 at Nottingham on 10 June
Chris Gayle (WI) – hit 88 off 50 balls against Australia during the WT20 at The Oval on 6 June
Umar Gul (Pak) has been nominated for two performances – took 4-8 against Australia in Dubai on 7 May and took 5-6 against New Zealand during the WT20 at The Oval on 13 June
David Hussey (Aus) – scored 88 not out off 48 balls and took 2-21 against South Africa in Johannesburg on 27 March
Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) – hit 81 off 47 balls against the West Indies during the WT20 in Nottingham on 10 June
Zaheer Khan (Ind) – took 4-19 against Ireland during the WT20 in Nottingham on 10 June
Ajantha Mendis (SL) – had figures of 4-15 against Zimbabwe at King City on 10 October
Wayne Parnell (SA) – took 4-13 against the West Indies during the WT20 at The Oval on 13 June
Abdur Razzak (Ban) – took 4-16 against South Africa in Johannesburg on 5 November
David Warner (Aus) – hit 89 off 43 balls against South Africa in Melbourne on 11 January
 
Women’s Cricketer of the Year
Suzie Bates (NZ)
Holly Colvin (Eng)
Charlotte Edwards (Eng)
Laura Marsh (Eng)
Sana Mir (Pak)
Shelley Nitschke (Aus)
Mithali Raj (Ind)
Karen Rolton (Aus)
Priyanka Roy (Ind)
Lisa Sthalekar (Aus)
Claire Taylor (Eng)
Sarah Taylor (Eng)
Stafanie Taylor (WI)
Haidee Tiffin (NZ)
Aimee Watkins (NZ)

Umpire of the Year
Billy Bowden
Aleem Dar
Steve Davis
Ian Gould
Tony Hill
Daryl Harper
Asad Rauf
Simon Taufel