Politics October 2, 2009

ICC awards farce lacks real feel


My iPhone buzzed like crazy last night in response to a torrent of emails from the ICC announcing awards winners from the big event. I didn't expect much success for Pakistan but I did believe that their extraordinary performance in the World T20 would earn one of their players a gong. Now I have nothing but admiration for Dilshan and his frying pan shot. Sri Lanka have faced adversity too.

Nonetheless the big Twenty20 performances of the last year were the ones that turned the World T20 on its head and in Pakistan's favour. My sympathies also extended to South Africa, whose phenomenal performance in Test cricket last year went unrecognised. The only triumph for Pakistan was Aleem Dar's umpiring award, which I admit is a considerable achievement and recognition for the way in which Dar and Asad Rauf have transformed the reputation of Pakistani umpires.

Overall, however, the ICC awards have left me baffled. The leading countries in two out of three formats went unrecognised. There is no relationship between the ICC awards and the ICC rankings for countries or individuals, which are recalculated regularly to maintain our interest. What then is the point of all this? There is little real feel to these awards and hence fans, and I guess some players, will be disillusioned.

It's time for a rethink.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • testli5504537 on December 23, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Short, sweet, to the point, FREE-exactly as information sohuld be!

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    i would like to say that no one has the right to decide what the pure form of cricket is........ people who say that the IPL and the t20 format is nto a proper format are just jokers who support teams which have not been able to adapt properly.. THe only way cricket is going to go forwrd in a commercially viable way is through this format of cricket..t he cashflow increase and the increased audience numbers will help the countries boards to an extent beyond their imagination...eg- the BCCI been the richest board in the present Cricket could be popularized worldwide and could come up to the market viability of football..

    PLaying cricket for 5 days an working hard an not gettng a proper reward for ur efforts is all about test cricket is currentlly about..people do this for a career and the reward which will help them personally is cash!

    and Dilshan does deserve teh award and the ICC awards r a farce to a certain extent..evry year we see some english/aussie player who has underpeformd

  • testli5504537 on November 13, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    It is sad Younus Khan has stepped aside for the forth coming test series. I hope he will be back to provide some consistency in leadership. However Mohammad Yousuf as a Stand in Captain is not a bad choice at all. Yousuf, the top scorer in the team, the top century maker, the most reliable middle order, yet Yousuf is the one most neglected player in recent times in Pakistan cricket. It is time we should recognize our heroes in a deserving manner. His remaining career is short. Considering the services he has rendered for Pakistan, we must honour him some respect & honour. Designating him captain is the right move.

  • testli5504537 on October 11, 2009, 7:59 GMT

    To all Indian fans! Yes Pakistanis were disappointed but only for not winning T20 award if you look at the comments carefully and disappointment is genuine. But Dilshan was not a bad choice either. Aussies were well deserving in their awards and so was Dhoni and Gambhir but Sri Lankan team should have won that spirit of game award because they were courageous enough to visit Pakistan against all odds. And congratulations to Aleem Dar. Never mind Pak cricketers good luck for the next time. To Pak fans! Gul and Afridi were not disappointed. They think that our support and love is their award.And anyway they have the trophy.:) @man You have some serious problem. Rather than commentating on Pak team, look after your own team who is becoming a bit of choker now. Two times out of major ICC tournament.That's a worry for "No 1 ODI" team.

  • testli5504537 on October 5, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    How can Paksitanis expect Afridi to get nominated based on 3-4 good performances in the WHOLE year? That is pathetic.....has he done anything of note since or b4 that?

  • testli5504537 on October 4, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    @Mustafa Moiz

    callin Yuvraj a slogger is d most stupid thing i hv ever heard of if YUvi is a slogger then wat shud Imran nazair n afridi ?? lolz their AVGS are lesser than their AGE.... n to ur question as to y gambhir n dhoni got d award... tell me y shouldn;t they?? even some one wid no sense wnt argue wid dat..man... true ...GRAPES ARE SOUR agian

  • testli5504537 on October 4, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    i want to say first of all dat i dont hate d pakistani team eventhough em an Indian... but cmon.,some of u guys were commentin dat the poor umiring decisions were a conspiracy against them..... y in the hell are pakis blaming BCCI for everything?? if they lose a tournament itz coz BCCI, if they dnt get to host a match at home even dats coz BCCI.. cmon dont b so childish yaar, Pakistan is nt hosting matches at home coz no team wants to tour dere afta wat happened to Srilanka n if u dnt play matches how can u win ICC awards..

    and for those who wonders y dere is no SA player in worldXI.. SA team is undoubtedly a v good one but they win their matches by TEAM PERFORMENCE not individual brilliance of some players like it happens in India..n ICC awards are mainly for INDIVIDUAL performnce...

    p.s-- md aamir z a great find but champions trophy performance alone cant get u d award..PETER SIDDLE almost went un noticed but he performed rilliant last year

  • testli5504537 on October 4, 2009, 14:34 GMT

    DHONI-24 ODI's - 967 - average over 60 -strike rate over 86. Gambhir - 1269 runs-t 8 test matches at an average of 85.

    NOW if u guys are saying ICC is biased for awarding these two players i have just 3 words for u --GET A LIFE

  • testli5504537 on October 4, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Not sure where all the indian bashers pakis have gone who were amusing themselves when india got knocked off the CT. Well u guys can nicely wince as much as u like now. Bravo kiwis . :-)

  • testli5504537 on October 4, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    After whats been happening in Pakistan, and how they played against the aussies I intended to support Paksitan in the semis and the finals. But, looking at Kamran's article and the pakistans hatred towards India, I along with most other Indians had changed our mind. And by defeating Pakistan NZ have made our pain of eviction a bit less. So, c'mon NZ against Aus.

    Another point, a few of my pakistani friends seem to be blaming the umpires for their defeat esp. the one against Umar Akmal. There is no doubt that it was not the correct descision, but blaming that Pakistan lost due that one mistake is similar to some Indian fans claiming that we lost due to a weakened team.

    Yes, we didnt have 3 crucial players, but an international team should be able to recover and produce results even in the absense of a few players (Like what NZ did yesterday).

    Similarily, just one incorrect descision should not be considered the biggest factor in the defeat.

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