Politics October 2, 2009

ICC awards farce lacks real feel

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

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

  • Avidfan 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

  • Asaf, Canada 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.

  • Kami 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.

  • SherazPakistan 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?

  • openinBatsman 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

  • openinBatsman 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

  • openinBatsman 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

  • The Ultimate 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 . :-)

  • Sitanshu Shekhar 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.

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

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

  • Avidfan 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

  • Asaf, Canada 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.

  • Kami 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.

  • SherazPakistan 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?

  • openinBatsman 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

  • openinBatsman 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

  • openinBatsman 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

  • The Ultimate 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 . :-)

  • Sitanshu Shekhar 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.

  • Mohan Khanna on October 4, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    I see many fans saying " Who cares about ICC reward" just like they said " T20 World cup is stupid cricket when they lost 2007 final". Suddenly by fluke they won 2009 T20 WC and now thats become the main agenda for awards " Says a lot about confused minds. anyway the overall conclusion is "Grapes are sour"....GRAPES r SOUr cos now all fans will CT cup is no big deal (as Pakistan was kicked out by NZ)

  • Wajeeh Uddin Ahmed on October 4, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    Hello All, I am very disappointed with umpiring standards of Simon Toufel for yesterday's match between Pakistan vs New Zealand. He felt quite tensed and under pressure I dont know why despite he was been awarded 5 times best umpire. ICC needs to review what went wrong in yesterday umpiring? Is it any betting involved or anything else? this is quite serious decisions which he took at the wrong time. Please look into this matter. Rgds Wajeeh

  • Vikas on October 4, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Mr. Ahsan Zawar,

    I am an indian and perfectly agree with u... People shouldn't show their heatard and anger in a forum like this where audiance will make a laugh and fun on the comments posted here. Keep in mind that we also carry the image of our nation.So be sensible before posting. Also, I think Pakiatani bowling is one of the best in the world and they might win ICC award in the comming years...But team selection in batting is terrible and how can u expect ICC awards with the current batting line up. Look at openers...their average is far below 30. Your captain, his average is just above 30, Shoaib Malik, has good average only again India in subcontinent. you are playing with player like Imran Nazir, whose 1st class average is not even 30. What's the use of Kamran Akmal in the opening?I think drastic change is required in the team selection and batting order. Then only Pakistani players will be able to win more ICC awards :-).

  • rashid.ontario on October 4, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Pakistanis seem to find grapes sour....In 2007 when thery lost T20 final they refused to even consider T20 cricket as nothing more than a useless for of cricket...This year they won it ..suddenly it has to become basis of ICC awards....A reminder....ICC awards is for performances in series over past 1 year..Now go compare series wins of each teams and you will have answer...SL series drubbing of Pakistan (both home and abroad) should be enuf to ensure why no awards went to Pakistan.

  • ali on October 4, 2009, 2:29 GMT

    hi all! i am leaving my comments while pakistan cricket team would finish packing to fly back home. Being Indian Cricket Counclor ICC totaly over look some of our cricket legent. atleast one award should go to amir who could be the emerging player of the year, i beleve, he just done amazing in very short time, any way, i m feeling too tierd and hopeless, where pakistan 11 players was playing against 13 player including 2 empires. very poor decision came out from empires, i congratualte pakistani bolwers who bowled well and bold out 20 batsman on the pitch. caz they appeal for lbw more then 20 time. where they should be out, any way being a pakistani i died many time whith poor empiring. i urg the cricket heads to emprove the qulity empiring and bring some changes by introducing latest technalogy. thanks all ali

  • Moody on October 3, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    indians and australians are not better than pakistani batsmen, they are better because of playing so many test matches in calender year. pakistan played more than 10 test in 2006 and just look at the records of M.yousuf and y.khan. they made mountains of runs. just imagine what if pakistan was given 14 15 test per year for last 5 years, M.yousuf would wud have been better than any indian and aussie

  • emahmud on October 3, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    My proposed ODI squad: Gayle, Sangakara, Kallis, Peterson, Youvoraj sing, Sakib, Afridi, Vettori, Jhonson, Parnell, Aameer

  • Tafseer on October 3, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    Whatever teams and ICC politics can do they are doing and whatever Pakistan can do it proves!! Same like team kicked out from t20 world cup and now from ICC Champions Trophy as well and lot coming – Keep your awards and keep losing major championships where these heroes suppose to perform.

  • RANA AAMER on October 3, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    No doubt, Allem Dar is the best empire in cricket world and every sort of cricket. Definitely he deserves for that award.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on October 3, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    Well , who cares ICC awards. Its just another money making event.

  • pak_girl on October 3, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    @Shafiq: If that's true, that Younus Khan, Afridi, Gul, whoever--aren't there cuz they're Pakistanis, something should be done! Something from our people! We shouldn't just let people's careers go unrecognized because of a flawed and biased bunch of takloo Indians. Can anything be done? Letters to the board, petitions?

  • Ahsan Zawar on October 3, 2009, 8:06 GMT

    I think i will have to agree with Indians and Neutralists here. Iam a Pakistani but none of us who are supporting this article (including Mr. Abbasi) has a look on the stats. These awards are for individual performances, someone like Gambhir scored 1200 plus runs in a calendar year which makes him the right choice for the test player of the year. You can arugue on the teams a little. Why isn't Smith captain?.Johnson choice is may be debatable but he has 87 wickets in the year. Dhoni has by far the best average in the year in ODI. So please take statistics into some consideration before leaping out on world forums. The fact is Pakistan played less cricket than any other nation; now that is something which needs to be addresses rather than just expressing anger on these awards. Congratulations to all winners including Aleem Dar for whom iam really happy.

  • faisal on October 3, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    I think jhonson deserved this award. He is turning out to be a great player. But afridi deserve something because he is really the best t20 player ever!.Depriving south africa is not a good step though, as their performences speak for them. Dhony is not a good captain for the bigger version I think, either sangakara or smith can play this role better.

  • afficer on October 3, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    i dont know where does the consistency factor comes in in the t20 award?it is for just one performance and not the whole year...so i think afridi semi final performance was much better....talk about dilsahn innings...i think you guys missed Gayles bashing of Bret Lee et al....and dhoni should be awarded brave player of the year...he always comes out at difficult situations and wins matches for india..just like he did at t20 and in CT match against pak....

  • Shafiq on October 3, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    Nick at October 2, 2009 12:35 PM

    Can anybody tell me how Stuart Broad managed to get into the World Test 11?

    Hi, Nick , Broad is there coz he got few wickets in last ashes test, and the most importantly, he is a white, pretty british.

    Younis, Afridi, Gul, etc are not there because they are pakistanis, and most importantly Pathan pakistanis.

    I hope you understand, ICC philosphy now.

  • Shafiq on October 3, 2009, 6:07 GMT

    Kmran & Osman

    Can you please make us undestand, how n earth Dilshan won the T20 performance of the year? not the Afriis all rounder display and gul's 5 or 6 could win it.....Why ICC wants to destro pakistan cricket and world cricket.

    2. Why Fawad Alam & Muhammad Aamir were even not considered for emerging plaers awards? is debut century against Mendis in their home turf, is making Dilshan a duck in the crease in a world cup final, and winning world cup is not a fair performance to even be considered from Pakistan teenagers.

    3rd and the most important: The Spirit o cricket Award: Ater all the hell of last few years, the way pakistan team has added generally t world cricket, and especially the 180 million of pakistan, after all the terrorism and then drugs etc...the way pakistan team come up, giving pleasure in the deserts o UAE, in England, in Sri Lanka----do any other team deserve spirit of cricket award more than pakistan?

    what a shame ICC, you have degraded yourself?

  • Sind on October 3, 2009, 5:52 GMT

    Congratulations Kamran… After seeing some of the comments ranging from assallamalaikum, to aussies, pakis, to jesus and what not…it is obvious that you have succeeded only in stirring up the lowest common denominator among the fans (religious fanaticism and nationalism)by expounding your peculiar and narrow minded version of the cricket awards – devoid of all rational thought. Bravo- keep it up.

  • Kamran Qureshi on October 3, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    I agree the icc awards are totally farce with no interest and no merit

  • S.M Arsalan Arif Khan on October 3, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    Amir Khan doesn't accept awards - he accepts blockbusters.

  • AV769 on October 3, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    What this little piece of belly-aching from a pakistani writer goes on to show that Pakistanis [the general public and their writers] are still so immature in their thinking. What they beleive is the world evolves around them,same applies for India as well. They should grow up and learn that there is a world beyond theirs. Cricinfo looks like a hate-site unless these people grow-up and stop acting like school children.

  • Naveed Iqbal on October 3, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    MD Dhone is the captain of world XI? We have Ponting, the captain of One-day World champion team, we have Younis Khan, the captain of 20-20 Champion team, we have Strauss, captain of the Ashes-winer team, we have Smith, captain of World Number one test team, what Dhoni has done?

  • Billybob on October 3, 2009, 2:20 GMT

    I can't believe how much crying and sooking you Paki fans are doing for a few awards. You are all starting to sound like Indian fans. The Pakistan cricket team is one of the most talented teams in the world but they are very inconsistant, have been for many years.On their day they can beat any team in the world its just those days are few and far between. The panel picking the awards was made up from people of all the cricketing nations including Pakistan. The awards are for INDIVIDUAL performances, not team performance. As an example, Johnson took 80 wickets from 17 tests,30 more than the next bowler and 600 odd runs as well. They are the cold hard facts. Obviously if every day Pakistani's have the same distorted view of the world as the cricket fans do then its not suprising that the Sri Lankan cricket team was shot at. A team that was trying to do the right thing and nearly paid with their lives. That is the real disgrace in world cricket, not who got which ICC award. Grow up.

  • desihungama on October 3, 2009, 2:07 GMT

    To Rajesh:

    Dear,

    I really cant understand what the Pakistanis are complaining about, they seem to have forgotten how they grovelled and crawled in the initial stages of world T20. Luckily for them Sri lanka had a bad day in the final. Dilshan set the tournament on fire and was in top form until the final.....When he met Mohammed Amer?

  • Danish Khan on October 3, 2009, 1:03 GMT

    @V100 - I agree completely, however, I don't think of this article as inciting hatred. I believe this is a manifestation of feeling of millions in Pakistan. Sure we didn't play enough Tests or ODI's, but we have played enough T20 and we believe that that should have been recognized in these awards. People can consider this to be what they please and post comments for whatever intention. However, I feel the article is certainly not meant to raise hatred, its meant to give voice to those millions! Well done Kamran Bhai!

  • Danish Khan on October 3, 2009, 0:56 GMT

    @ Reverend Harold Bennett - My grandchild - had the Aussies been in a good run in T20, your views would have been different. It is an exciting format that requires a different game plan. The adaptibility to the format is an art in itself, which quite frankly Australia's yet to master.

    @ Sachin - HAH HAH HAH - very funny - NOT! Try tickling me more.

  • Danish Khan on October 3, 2009, 0:46 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, thank you for writing on this subject. I consider Test cricket as the most vital format of the game that truly brings out skills of teams and individuals at many different levels; be it technique, patience, shot selection, endurance, consistent pace attack, focus, you name it. And I feel that South Africa had a brilliant run with such skills and should have been recognized and rewarded.

    As being a Pakistani fan, I feel that there was injustice. I agree that Dilshan is a wonderful player and in fine touch: but did Dilshan hold his nerve in the Final of T20? Or was he "scooped" up by a 17 year old? And mind you, he was set up perfectly by Aamer to go for his favourite shot and was undone at it. In contrast Afridi not only scored where it mattered but also picked up vital wickets and a superb running catch.

    ICC Awards were a joke and I really see no point, I would like to know the criteria by which winners are selected?

  • Neil on October 3, 2009, 0:32 GMT

    I decided to post this after Australia made the final of the Champion's trophy and in the hope that Pakistan would soon join them.I am an Aussie but I love the way Pakistan plays cricket.They are often underdogs but(as the T20 proves)somehow manage to produce wonderful performances when it really matters.If I were choosing a current world eleven test team then 2 of the first players picked be would Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Yousuf.Yousuf's 95 in the Brisbane Test of 1999 is still my favourite test innings. Simply breathtaking.Younis and Afridi would certainly be in the mix and the latter would be the first player I'd pick in my ODI team.What I don't understand is the hatred (and there can be no other word for it) that is frequently directed towards Aussies(cricketers and otherwise)in this blog.Please note how many Aussies made the ODI team and only 2 made the test team. Tell me who had a better year than Johnson? Doesn't mean he's the best player. Its just cricket. Go easy guys.

  • Ranga on October 3, 2009, 0:27 GMT

    PAK should get an award - how to become the number 1 is test and ODI rankings by bombing other teams. Why should Afridi get an award - he played really well in t20, that too in semi final and finals. give award for babies with poo in their nappies - whole pak team and adminstrators.

  • man on October 3, 2009, 0:08 GMT

    Hey guys don't worry, your boss is going to win CT and that is Australia. And everyone knows who is crying for last nine months to play cricket and begging BCCI to organise world cup matches. You know beggars don't have choice, thay have to accept whatever left over is given to them. Check the one day ranking, you are still in bottom half. So guys, be mature. The fact is India is #1 and napak has to go long way. Aussie is going to rape you guys. So just wait for couple of days.

  • waqas on October 2, 2009, 23:51 GMT

    I agree with Faisal at October 2, 2009 8:54 PM :)

  • Zohaib Anwar on October 2, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    Interesting article, Kamran's bias for Pakistan is understandable but I think although most of the player deserved their awards i.e. Mitchell Johnson, Siddle, Dilshan etc but there were far more deserving teams for "spirit of cricket" award.

    Spirit of cricket has much to do with the team's love for cricket and circumstances they play circket in. So, considering all this I think the top three teams for this should have been Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan (not sure if they are allowed to take part in the ICC awards because they are not a test playing nation).

    Pakistan, because after being shunned by all nations tey came out on the top and won the 20/20 world cup. Srilanka, well quite frankly which other team had to literally face a hail of bullets for cricket. Lastly Afghanistan, do I really have to justify why they should have won this award if eligible.

    And also, because Kiwis have won this award four times, enought with the ass kissing.

  • Sitanshu Shekhar on October 2, 2009, 22:25 GMT

    Answer to Kamran - II

    The team of judges seems rather unbiased as it contains a pakistani too. So, lets look at what the pakistanis are claiming 1. Afridi to win t20 award - the most legitimate claim, and no one would have complained if that happened. But, Dilshan himself gave an amazing performance, so it was just a 50-50 decision.

    2. Mohd. Aamer to win emerging player - seriously? what've u been smokin? homegrown? He has played 3 tests (6 wickets) and 4 odi's in the meantime. You've got to be on some good stuff to suggest that.

    3. a few have suggested that Younis Khan should've won an award or been on the world XI - 5 tests and 1 triple century on the most placid pitch doesnt really warrant a place in the team.

    So, please check the facts and your logic before you make false accusations on ICC.

    Thus, only South Africa really have a genuine compalints, others are simply whinning.

    If you disagree please post some facts and logic and we can have a proper discussion

  • UriGagarin on October 2, 2009, 21:59 GMT

    To be honest as an England Supporter I had no idea these things were going on, and I don't really care either. Stuart Broad ? World XI? Really ? From what I can gather this basically is 18 months out time-wise so we're really looking at April 08 till March 09 (at a rough guide I've not looked it up) So probably the awards are probably OK, but do they really mean anything ? I'm not sure. SA probably didn't do too well in the ODI things cos they got thrashed by England (I'm still shocked over that) ruining their consistency. Maybe next year Afridi and Gul will get their awards for this year. Anyway I don't think many people really paid much attention to it (certainly not here in England - but we weren't up for any awards were we? maybe we would have cared , but I doubt it )

  • rajput1881 on October 2, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Hey Guys cool down, now is the time to Open your eyes and understand we Indians control the ICC ...! SA , PAK, NZ, SL just please stop Crying and accept the fact...! ICC will do what ever we want and nothing else.. be it taking World Cup back from Pakistan or making Sure no teams visit Pakistan, open up your eyes its us who bring the money to ICC and without money there is no Honey!

  • Muzaffar on October 2, 2009, 21:27 GMT

    Well I like cricket very much if one team did good and people of that particular country admit the good performance of player that's their award don't judge with so called ICC awards

  • Aditya on October 2, 2009, 21:03 GMT

    I Heartily agree tht either Shahid Afridi or Umer Gul should have won the T20 award.N in the event of South Africas gr8 year,it seems surprising to find hardly any south african on the list.BUT people saying Dhoni doesnt deserve to lead the test side n Graeme Smith is a better leader takes way from a fact that Graeme Smith is a opener n as a opener he coudnt find a place in the side as Gautam n Andrew were better than him as opening batsman this year.So the Arguement tht Graeme Smith should have been the captain doesnt fit in cause he doesnt fit in the XI.n abt other awards south africa did play gr8,but theirs was a more of a team performance rather than a individual performance which is a gr8 tribute to the team. do the Stats or any other analysis other than dale styen,no other south african fits in a particular position in the World XI.India despite their t20 flop show have won consistently in both one days n tests n due to Dhoni,Sachin,Yuvraj,Gambhir,Sehwag individual talents .

  • Faisal on October 2, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    For all those bashing Pak fans for their disappointment over these ICC awards, give YK 2 more years with these boys and he will slice each and every team including yours. Return of the Asian Tigers soon Inshallah.

  • sumaiya on October 2, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    agreed wid ur article,from 13 aug 2008 to 29th aug 2009 our team perfomance in 20/20 was awesom,v defeated aussies,won the world cup and also beat lankans in their home, so afridi or gul shud deserved the award, 20/20 is the best format no doubt, in test matches or in odis ammer shud get emerging player award, but these awards are ridiclious and dont deserved to b given to our gr8 pak players.

  • Sujan Rao (sanath189) on October 2, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    In my opinion,Pakistan didn't deserve any award among those and its just what I felt, except for Mr.Dar who has been too good over the years.

    And speaking of the above comment on Dhoni's house burning, Mr.Wasim - Its we who make them Gods here in India and sometimes dejected fans have done wrong to them under frustration. After all its an internal matter, nothing funny about it mate ;)

  • sam_srilankan on October 2, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    First of all i would like to congratulate all the players who won the awards. Pakistani fans stop whining about not winning any awards. Its simply cos none of ur players played enough test and one day cricket to recieve any awards. As for the T20 award it went to an equally talented Player (Dilshan). Dilshan has had a dream year where he exceeded in all types of cricket. He scored heavily in Tests, one dayers and T20. He should have been Awarded as the ICC Player Of The Year but it went to some one else(Mitchel Johnson). Also the spirit of the game award should have gone to Sri Lanka for touring Pakistan inspite of the problems in Pakistan.

  • rajesh on October 2, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    i really cant understand what the Pakistanis are complaining about, they seem to have forgotten how they grovelled and crawled in the initial stages of world T20. Luckily for them Sri lanka had a bad day in the final. Dilshan set the tournament on fire and was in top form until the final , and it ws no secret SL were the better team throughout the series[and they deserved the trophy], thus they truly do deserve an award. and so does dilshan for adding innovation to the game.

  • Maximus_92 on October 2, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    Who gives a rat's ass about the awards. Silverwear is waht counts, just ask the SA!!

    Hoping that Pakistan win the CT to add a second title for them this year!!

  • Deepak Nair on October 2, 2009, 18:56 GMT

    This looks a very naive and incomplete piece. More like a rant. Who do you think should have got what award?

  • Prabhat on October 2, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    the t20 performance of the year should have gone to Umar Gul. And the SA team surely deserved some representation. Congratulations to the winners, especially Aleem Dar.

  • Moody on October 2, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    india never beated australia, south africa on their home soil, how can they be a great team??? infact they beated teams teams on their dead pitches as indians are good on their grounds. they deserve "best home advantage taking award" for their CONSISTENCY. the fact is that there is no indidual champion in pakistan, but as a team we are champs, and thats what we want. keep dhonis and ghambir's awards in your hoards safely. tell them win something for their country. we hope dhoni win all the awards for the rest of the years he plays and pakistan may win trophies in the coming yaers.

  • V100 on October 2, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    And.. to all the true Pakistani supporters that have written in here, sure Afridi or Gul missed out after doing well, but for a nation that is cricket starved, you must learn to remain gracious, support your team through the Champions Trophy and remember the glory of the 20/20 but be sporting enough to wish well the players who received the awards, lets face it these players have consistently played well, the names that have got the awards are very good cricketers, Johnson, Gambhir and Dhoni. Lets face it, when the pakistani team plays these teams these are the players you get worried about doing well, hence the respect for them. They did not ask for these awards, it was given to them based on their year's worth of consistency. So dont criticise them, wish them well for their efforts. And im sure the Pakistani players turn will come, until then enjoy the trophies if not the players awards :)

  • V100 on October 2, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    Hey Mr. Abbasi, as an after thought to your blog, although your article is correct in the sense no awards were given to the Pakistani players, did you really break down as to why that was so? I mean you must be aware of the actual ICC criteria for handing these awards out. True, that Pakistan did win the 20/20 and that you would think that some of the players could feature in the running for atleast the 20/20 awards but,..the lack of cricket did hurt their chances overall. I'm sure you are aware of that :) Now, by writing a provocotive article as such without pointing out the factual reasons, can you see with the comments that have been coming in that this article has incited quite a bit of hatred / sledging between the indian and pakistani supporters. Most of their sledging responses are half brainers anyway but still a little responsibility must be taken not to write articles that incite anger or hatred. You have written fine articles in the past, keep up that good work.

  • Haroon Alvi on October 2, 2009, 17:10 GMT

    ICC awards are basically Ashes awards organized by the Indian Cricket Council

  • lalit on October 2, 2009, 17:05 GMT

    Congratulations to all winner....I wanna tell you pakis that this awards is not for T20 world cup or not for one tournment.So guys b4 u post comments learn your self first. so better wasting your time to post comment go to cricinfo.com and compair your players with the winners performance for last yr.So better blaim to others find out about your weakness....

  • Wasim on October 2, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    Pakistan didn't played much cricket so they were not really in contention, but giving the spirit of cricket award to the biggest cry baby and his team was absolutely laughable. It makes sense now why he withdrew the appeal the other day aganist Collingwood because he wanted the award. What a farce. Aamer deserved the award for the best emerging player and Afridi deserved the award ahead of Dilshan.

    Sachin

    The crybabies award of the year already has been given to the Indian fans. Have you guys burned Dhonis house yet? You can keep the medals we are only interested in trophies.

  • ZAID_SL on October 2, 2009, 16:52 GMT

    is there any reason as to why afridi didnt receive the t2o award?

  • Wasim on October 2, 2009, 16:47 GMT

    Pakistan didn't played much cricket so they were not really in contention, but giving the spirit of cricket award to the biggest cry baby and his team was absolutely laughable. It makes sense now why he withdrew the appeal the other day aganist Collingwood because he wanted the award. What a farce. Aamer deserved the award for the best emerging player and Afridi deserved the award ahead of Dilshan.

    Sachin

    The crybabies award of the year already has been given to the Indian fans. Have you guys burned Dhonis house yet? You can keep the medals we are only interested in trophies.

  • Al on October 2, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    As others have mentioned the awards were for the best INDIVIDUAL performances over the YEAR, i.e performance and consistency of individual players over the year. NOT Team performances. I suggest you read some of the more sober comments above. They will prove to be an eye opener, instead of the rabid nonsense which you have suceeded in galvanising.

  • desihungama on October 2, 2009, 15:41 GMT

    Congratulations Aleem Dar and all others for winning their respective awards.

  • bimlesh on October 2, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Well the Pak fans (including the writer) have a problem of jealousy and thats not because no Pak player got an award. THats more due to the fact that Indian players dominated the awards.

    Mr Abbasi says SA have had an outstanding year, did he forget tht SA lost a test series at home to Aus? No SA batsman scored more than 700 odd runs scored by Devilliers and no SA bowler took more than 42 wickets taken by Devilliers.

    As for SA in ODIs, well they didnt play too many ODIs and most of their wins were due to a total team effort rather individual brilliances.

    SImply saying that the awards were a farce cos Indians dominated it wont wok, Let Mr Abbasi also look at the stats.

    BTW the award for performances during the period 13 Aug 2008 to 26 Aug 2009.

  • Khalil on October 2, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    Mr Eric,England. You are just denying the reality that "Discrimination" has prevailed in ICC Awards. There are cases of individual brilliance in all those teams you mentioned. Keep the updates.

  • kabooter on October 2, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    ICC is total crap... who cares as to what they say or do? no award for pakistani player in 2020 is total bollocks...let me tel you thre criteria of selecting best 2020 player its on one match performance...and if thats the case how an earth is dilshan 96 vs poor west indies in semi final is better then UMER GUL 5-6 in just 4 overs or afridi in semi and final? 2020 AWARDS WERE FOR BEST ONE MATCH PERFORMANCE NOT WHOLE YEAR GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT 1ST BEFORE U TALK!! ICC IS CRAP!!! ENOUGH SAID...and some one said south africa lost 4 test matches in thats period...can u tel me how many aussies lost? huh wel the answear is aussies LOST 8 MATCHES!!! do i need 2 say anymore

  • Sammy on October 2, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Lots of pakistani whiners here!! It's really funny them crying like sissies! The awareds are given for consistency over a year, not a fluke win and that in T20!! And it's not India's fault that nobody wants to tour Pakistan!! The Sri lankans tried to change that and they nearly paid with their lives!! So, grow up and do some soul-searching and try to salvage whatever little is left of your pride.

  • desihungama on October 2, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Kamran!

    I am sorry I am gonna have to disagree with you on this one. There were two panelists from each member country to vote players. There is absolutely no doubt that there is a bias against Pakistan as a country and ultimately it reflects on its players too. But the reason one of our playing guys was not able to bag an award was due to the lack of cricket we played in the year 2008. It was not enough cricket played and there were not too many performances for judges to see with the exception of T-20. An ICC award cannot be given out on the basis of one match or one tournament performance. If there is one party to blame for this, It is PCB who agreed to this atrocious scheduling. This is precisely why Aleem dar was able to bag it because unlike our players he featured all over in 2008 and proved his worth. 2009 is looking good for us and I am sure you are looking at Mohammed Amir, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Asif as a possible comeback player for 2009.

  • Mustafa Moiz on October 2, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    First off, learn the meaning of ICC-Indian Cricket Council. Congratulations to Aleem Dar on his achievement. And the Awards aren't given for T20 performances. India-who have just failed to reach the second round of the CT-would obviously dominate and Dhoni would be the captain, somehow beating Younis, Strauss and especially SANGAKARRA. It was one of the biggest farces ever by the ICC. At least they could have been a little more subtle in favouring their own Indian players and actually given to someone deserving instead of Gambhir and Dhoni and that slogger Yuvraj(and Symonds has played how much recently). Was Sehwag in there? Because if he was that would just prove how biased these awards were.

  • V100 on October 2, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    Hey!! @sachin, true that the Pakistani fans are carrying on a little, but i believe when you are trying to tell them off as cry babies, i believe its spelt QUIET not quite. Lolz. Good point though next time get the dictionary though to help you make that point :)

  • V100 on October 2, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    Lolz. I have to point this out. Our friend who left comments here ( ERIC, ENGLAND ) seems to write real poor english, quite atrocious really. All you guys must go through his comments. lolz Methinks it's an indian pretending to be an englishman to get his point across and his biased views against pakistan. NOW, for all the Pakistani supporters, YES, Afridi was close im sure, but the merit for these awards are on points based system which is awarded per match, not just over one tournament. It was tough seeing Afridi miss out on player of the tournament but i'm sure he would prefer the team trophy to the individual one. Pakistan havent played enough matches to have its players accumulate enough points to get the awards. South Africa played well as a team but no individual stood out, hence no one got enough points for any trophy, NZ play the most sportsman like, followed by Sri Lanka. The ICC should also have had an award called Worst Sporting Team, that one to Australia hands down!!

  • Rauf on October 2, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    TO ALL THE INDIAN FANS HERE COMPLAINING ABOUT PAK REACTION...

    You guys can keep the awards... honestly. In fact all the awards that ICC can dole out. Pat yourselves and your pampered players on the back for job well done.

    Best award for us poor Pak fans is to hear Dhoni pleading with Indian fans to root for Pakistan to beat Australia so that India can qualify for the semis. That tops the satisfaction chart any day!!

  • Vijay on October 2, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    This article is uncalled for. Pakistan has not played much cricket, and therefore are not qualified for any awards. Just look at the statistics. India has 100% win ratio in all test (3-0)and ODI (4-0) series in 12 month period of these awards. Gambhir has highest average of 84 in tests, and Dhoni has highest ODI average of 60 at SR of 86, with 26 catches and stumpings. Yeah, may be Afridi deserved T20 award ahead of Dilshan, but it was a close call. Next score to Dilshan's 96 was 24 in that innings, he won it single-handedy, and it was a great innings indeed.

    South Africa won the away series in Australia, but that was about it. They lost at home vs Aussies, and their England win does not count because it does not fit in the 12 month period considered for these awards. India defeated Australia, England, NewZealand in test series, and defeated England, SL, Pakistan and West Indies in ODIs. First time ever, India had a 100% series win record in 12 month period.

  • Sitanshu Shekhar on October 2, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    Even though I can understand the shock felt by the South African fans, it is difficult to understand why Pakistanis are complaining so loudly? These awards are given for a consistent perfomance over the whole year.

    Pakistan did not play enough ODI's or Test matches for any Pakistani to be considered for the award. Only Shahid Afridi's exclusion from T20 is debatable.

    Lets have a look at the judges for the event. Thats an Indian, Pakistani, West Indian, Kiwi and an Englishman. Also, please remember the timeline being considered here Sept 08 - Aug 09 - so no Champions Trophy.

    Dhoni and Johnson certainly had a great year, and anyone doubting that should check what they have been smoking. For me the test cricketer was between Strauss, Gambhir and Graeme Smith, and in my opinion Smith should have recieved it.

    So, instead of disillusioning yourself by blaming everything on BCCI and India, my Pakistani friends need to do a bit of logical thinking before flaying these awards.

  • AC Bharath on October 2, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    I think the fans of Pakistan Cricket are unhappy due to sponsoring Best Umpire award to aleem... isn't it?

  • Neel on October 2, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    Well it's the performance which counts.I dont think Dhoni,Gambhir,Johnson or Siddle has given any lesser performance.And moreover lets not forget it has been only one year that Dhoni has been handed the Indian captaincy in all forms of the game and he has done exceptionaly well.He has changed his style of playing according to the team's requirement and he has been very very consistent.Consistensy matters folks!I do believe that Afridi deserved the T20 player of the year award but Dilshan has been in tremendous form starting from the IPL this season he has never looked back since then.His innovation the scoop shot is simply amazing. Pakistani supporters must be disappointed but T20 is simply a hit or miss game.And moreover Pakistan did not play enough test matches or one dayers over the past one year so why r u complaining guys??

  • Graeme on October 2, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    Aleem Dar, good on you, but Asad Rauf?! The guy completely wilts when put under appeal pressure, and then always makes up for wrong decisions with another wrong decision the other way. The best thing about him is his mullet, which is, I'll admit, pretty cool.

  • Anand Varma on October 2, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I totally understand ur anger. In fact, of all the Pakistanis venting out their completely unreasonable and unnecessary frustration at everything unfair in the big bad world of cricket, you somehow manage to come out as the most reasonable. However, it is time u realized what big a mess ur cricket, as representative of your nation actually, is in. Your team veers from one extreme to another, and while yes the T20 tournament may have been a sole hurrah for your impoverished team, the ICC awards certainly do not deserve ur disgust as well as the provocative headline which u've chosen to display. South Africans may certainly feel genuinely left out, but such an article only displays ur anti-India centric view of cricket as well as the world.

  • Sathya on October 2, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    It's amazing how shortsighted people can be. These awards are "Individual" awards based on individual performances during a defined time period. Afridi not getting T20 award, Pak fans can have legitimate grouse. Other than that, I wonder how can they complain when Pakistan didn't even play much during the year (for the reasons debated many times over). Somebody suggested they should have recognized Younis Khan for his brilliant captaincy in T20 cup. If thats the case, Ponting should have won every single award (except for bowling) in last 4 r 5 years because he practically won everything and probably batted better than anybody else ( except for the Mohd. Yousuf's phenomenal year in between). It's very easy to cry foul for everything but little thought and objectivity would go a long way. Somebody complained Dhoni is very overrated. I too agree with the assessment but you cannot dispute the numbers he put up in ODI's last year. Just go to statsguru and check yourselves and compare.

  • Saleem Sabir on October 2, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    Well Well Congrats to Dhoni and Ghambir... come on guys dont be so hard on ICC... ! After India got kicked out of Champions Trophy ICC still needs to have all of India happy atleast to keep the money rolling... who do you think are the main sponsors of ICC these days???INDIAN companies!! and all the money comes from India so at least give them some peanuts to take home with....! These awards are not decided on cricket grounds and even if you were kicked out of both the Major ICC events last year in first round your Captain can still be given the Captaincy of Both ICC test and One Day teams....! I hope Dhoni manages to keep his Indian Captaincy atleast after this shamefull performance.....!

  • Naveed Anjum on October 2, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    Yes man i am 100% agree with you. Pakistan is again underestimated. I know that ICC favor to india, England and Australia players. Every body knows that they are out in the first round except England.

  • amit on October 2, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    5-6 years back I always used to wonder that why an Indian never wins an award despite giving match giving innings in australia, england, westindies, pakistan but now I have realised that it is the consistency which matters rather than one off wonders. pakista couldnt stick the consistecy, you can see this the way they played in srilanka they were losing games from winning position and they were unable to play induckers from kulasekra. I think these awards represent consistency and impact on cricket rather than one off wonders

  • Sachin on October 2, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    The award for the cry babies of the year goes to Paki fans. Got it? Now keep quite.

  • saddam on October 2, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    As far as T20 Performance is concernced, GUL figures of 5 for 6 certainly deserved the awards. No doubt that Dilshans score of 96 off 56 was remarkable, yet this feat can be and will be achieved over and over again. But GUL's show against Newzeland was unmatched and will not be repeated. In a T20 game, a taking 5 for is a feat in itself but giving just 6 runs in doing that is something special.

  • Jazz on October 2, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    First of all Congrats to Mr.Aleem dar!!!! Guys, I would like to bring it to notice that these awards are for the period 13-08-08 to 24-08-09 and not for one single tournament, T20 world cup. I can understand your feelings and emotions. Its all about performing consistently for the whole one year. Dilshan has reached the heights over this period. He has done exceedingly well (over this whole period) when compared to that of gayle, afridi and gul. similarly talking about dhoni, in 24 ODI's he has scored 967 runs with an impressive average over 60 and strike rate over 86. Also with 26 dismissal behind the wicket. So whats wrong in giving the award to him for this performance? I couldn't find anybody having better stats than this guy over this period. so as gambhir with 1269 runs in just 8 test matches at an average of 85. is it wrong awarding this guy? same hold good for johnson and siddle. So its not that india and australia having copyrights over these awards. Its all performance guys!!

  • Eric, England on October 2, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    Stop pointing fingers at others...grow up ....instead of looking at all this concentrate on game...you play merely 2-3 test..plays like 10 onedays....have one team visited and shot..go to one country outside visit and expect awards ..don't be fool...its not just one time you show up and you do well ..its you play year around and you play welll....as far as one-day or test concern pak deserved nothing...For t20 there was chance for the best player but as far as any cricket fan knows t20 is about innovation....Dilshan deserved it more than anyone...and just to hide your disappointment and whining you mentioned south africa...they did deserved much but as team and they palyed as strong team less as individual performance all the awards for individual performances, so stop complaining...you can find 100s reason if you don't get what you like...work hard rather than politics in cricket and drugs and banning cricketers, let the records speak for itself and pakistani player will get awards..

  • vimalan on October 2, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Mr Kamran, once again you have proved that you are a biased and short sited writer. these awards are for individual brilliance and consistency over the period and not for team effort. SA may be the best ODI team during the year but they were collectively brilliant rather than one person achieving more. And for Pak, well I remember them losing in most of ODI matches. The only tournament they won was T20 world cup. May be Afridi deserved but Dilshan is nevertheless a worthy winner. Please start thinking objectively. BTW the panel that selects the winners consist of eminent cricketers of all nations. Do you think they didn't look into all these things ? Don't be a frog on a well.

  • Imran Ahmed on October 2, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    ICC awards look like a joke now, considering the number of awards and spaces given to Indian players when India hasn't even reached the semifinals of any recent ICC tournament! Its a slap on their face awarding a player like MS Dhoni, who now doesn't possess the striking ability he used to and has a batting style which is very mediocre, to say the least. I can't believe players like Umar Gul, Saqib ul Hassan, Shahid Afridi were ignored after their remarkable cricket years'... Australians and Indians will keep winning these awards even if their rankings drop below 5, and countries like South Africa, who not long ago were #1 in the ODI's will be shut out... I would also like to add that teams ignoring to play against Pakistan is coming to bite them on their backside, because most teams haven't had practice against them and you can't just watch videos to prepare against a team... All the best Pakistan for the remainder of CT!!!

  • Shafaqat Ali on October 2, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Well much has already been said about the awards and the monopoly of cash rich nations like India and Australia. It was loud and clear atthe time of nominations and i believe South Africa has suffered the most let alone Shahid Afridi's case. I have something important to mention here. The shot usually played by Dilshan was actually invented by Zimbabwe Douglous Marrilier in their series against India in India. Moin did not play it the same way as mentioned by one of the friends. It should instead be called Marrilier shot. Congratulations to Dar as i always felt he missed it by narrow margins to Simon Taufal who himself has set high standards of umpiring a cricket game. Both of them has been excellent in the last 6 years or so and I would to love to see them doing their best for the times to come.

  • Anjana on October 2, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    A very good article. I am a sri Lankan fan and I see nothing but dominance of BCCI, England and Australia cricket boards in these teams... ICC test and ODI teams are the most funniest world XI teams i have ever seen. In test team, no frank spinner is included and Murali has to be there. Younis khan has not been given in the test team. Flintoff has been so privileged to make it in to the ODI team has he did not show any significant batting or bowling excellence during past 12 months. Honestly are there any "graet" players in English side to be included in to a world XI? Its shame for ICC for ill treating S. Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • Kashif on October 2, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Victory is best revenge

  • Asim Ghaffar on October 2, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    when it comes to who is the best bowler and who is the best batsman - ICC awards are irrelevant.

  • Sanjeet Kumar on October 2, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    More than 70% Sponsorors of ICC events are from India. ICC president is Indian. PCB need to rethink their strategy & to find new allies like New Zealand,Zimbabwe,Ireland,West Indies etc. PCB must need to apply TIT FOR TAT policy against BCCI. If Pakistan is not safe place for cricket, how can India or Bangla?.those were unable to organise a 2 nation series. World Cup avenue must be Australia+New Zealand. We don't accept 29 Matches in India. Pakistan Cricket team may refuse to play in India.

  • Bang_La on October 2, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Poor Sakib, the best allrounder per ICC ranking.

  • Bashir Mirza on October 2, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    I wonder what role Mudassar Nazar played in the ICC committee which selected the award winners. I guess his ability to persuade others is only marginally better than his scoring speed. And of course, ICC has to keep the countries happy who fill their coffers!!

  • Kamran Malik on October 2, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    I think oh no i'm sure! ICC is basically for Indian & Australian cricket 2 give dem all da games, all da awards, all da recognition & jst to accept everything wiv closed eyes wht eva these 2 countries gonna say!!! I ws really disappointed Wen dey gve da Player of da tournament award to DILSHAN in T20 world cup & more disappointed tht nw dey hve given him da ICC Award as well! For me & i'm sure almost all of u gonna accept the AFRIDI deserves dis award! He took da catch of da tournament, he took more thn 10 wickets in da tournament, he ws economical wiv da ball as well & more importantly he played Match Winning knocks in da pressure games, both da Semi & in da Final! Tht's hw u judge a player hw he performed in da pressure moments & HE did performed whn it matters da most!!! Wht does DILSHAN did got owt on a duck in da final whn his team needed him da most, he did'nt took ne wkts in da tournament as well! SO, i thnk AFRIDI shld be da Obvious choice for his all round performances!

  • Kamran on October 2, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    sudeep das :) About which Showing you are talking about? Wining World T20 ? Qualifying in Semis of Champions Trophy? Kicking India Out of Champions Trophy? Don't Cry too much baby.

  • Bang_La on October 2, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    Strictly speaking, I never count the official opinion of ICC on cricket, the game for which it was constituted. Because, we have seen once and again, ICC does things directly contradicting what they preach. Cricket world has become a money field and the moneymaking powerhouses only are truly recognised. If you lack money, then you should have cunning political brainpower to be recognised. It is as simple as that.

  • Nick on October 2, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    Can anybody tell me how Stuart Broad managed to get into the World Test 11?

  • ajaz on October 2, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    johnson and siddle does not deserve this award. instead of siddle mohammed aamer.

  • tanvir on October 2, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Well well, here we those big plumpy faces see everything right where they see money. Aussies hammered in ashes, Mitch biggest "let down" in that series gets the best player. And we are the most consistent performers , SA are without any award. I think those copper heads at ICC have rotten eggs thrown at their faces when they take such decisions. And the team who made all bigwigs of the game look dumb by winning the T20WC is without any awards. Well mr Sudeep, here I see the consistency in form of Dhoni whose team is driven out of any tounament like a dog with tail in his legs, & that Mitch Johnson "the loser".

  • Bhushan on October 2, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    I can really understand the disappointment of Pakistani fans in their players not bagging any awards. But how can you shortlist players who have played so less cricket in the past year. Should just a single tournament win be considered enough for players to be short-listed. Everyone should realise that the players who were shortlisted and eventually won performed consistently throughout the year. Isn't that a fair criteria than winning a single tournament? Pakistan should have played more matches than they did last year, but debating whose mistake it is a different issue altogether. So guys, think of these things before commenting against the players who won the award.

  • Reverend Harold Bennett on October 2, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    My children, I am disturbed by your attitude towards Australia. Mr Johnson was the best bowler of the past year as evidenced in his exceptional performance against South Africa (who the author singles out for its exceptional cricket achivement) in their back yard.

    20/20 WC is simply not a real form of the sport and only supported in the sub continent because they happen to have TV timeslot available for it.

    As such, if Johson single handedly defeated the best test team, he is the best; and if 20/20 is an irrelevant form of the game, the deeds within this format are disregardable.

    Bless you all my children, Jesus loves you.

  • MANDAR on October 2, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    Although I agree with Kamran Abbasi that there should have been some representation from the SA team, they did deserved it for consistence performance over the year. But that cannot be said about Pakistan just only on the basis of one win in a Major tournament (I also remember beating AUS in UAE). I am an Indian cricket fan, but I agree that MS dhoni didn't deserved to win the coveted award.

  • Tahir on October 2, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    Its true i dont understand y only one player has been named tht too only in XI.. even before when M. Yousaf Scored 1788 runs in 2006 he didnt get any award at all ...and they awarded the test player of the year to Ricky ponting.. thts all bull shit.. man..well i think pak shud boycott all these awards .. they r meaningless

  • Jon Kerr on October 2, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    Even us Aussies were surprised with Mitch getting that award though he did have a pretty good year bar one Ashes test. He looked just as surprised too didn't he? Saw the Sth Africans out here last summer and they were great so I am very surprised they didn't figure. Are the awards only counted for a set period of time and does that explain why some countries missed out? Gotta agree with the NZ guys getting the spirit award tho - they have been very sporting, which is what the award is about.

  • nazim ali on October 2, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    A good article, I think in order to win awards, you have to either be Indian ( BCCI is too powerful)or have to play in the Ashes. As a Pak fan I think the t20 team should have been recognised, but more annoyingly what must the south african players do to get recognised? They played brillaintly yet got no mention. What on earth is stuart broad doing in the test 11 is beyond me, he is cannon fodder as a bowler and takes cheap wickets. Too much favouratism in cricket its unfair and unhealthy for the game

  • Ahmer on October 2, 2009, 12:24 GMT

    Hay Kamran!!!What can you expect from Indian Cricket Council Awards (ICC)..wat?? it was International Cricket Council Awards...U got to be kidding me??? Huh...

  • taimur ali on October 2, 2009, 12:24 GMT

    its just a shame for icc.what a blunder they organized

  • Karthik on October 2, 2009, 12:24 GMT

    oops i did not find any issues with ICC awards except SA is ignored..but pakistan did not play enough matches to be counted

  • Bis on October 2, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    Kamran isn't it time to change the mugshot on your blog? You come across as a preening prat before one has even read your blog which does handicap you with an unfair disadvantage which should be remedied.

  • Khalil on October 2, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    ICC awards criteria ? Most of the people are crying fowl.Once again it seems that its the COMMERCIALISATION of the game & money matters that has played its role OR Is it necessary to play an Ashes series to qulify for the awards ? They can only see players from Aus/Eng/Ind.It,s sad that no one from Pak is there. Pak is not the only exception.There are many many players from Pak/SA/NZ, who are overlooked in various categories.

  • Chris on October 2, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    South Africa only played 7 tests in the time frame and lost 4.

  • peter on October 2, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    Success in T20 cricket is little indication of how good a cricketer you are. Anyone can win these hit and giggle games.

  • Adeel on October 2, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    I think this is also a another proof that INDIA has a big influence on ICC like HUMAN with DOG. INDIA is treating ICC like DOG i would say more than a dog and i also would like to mention our PCB officials that learn a lesson from INDIA see what they are doing but they do not wanna listen bcoze they dont have time for doing something for Pakistan Cricket. I totally agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi that Pakistani Players had been neglected by ICC Sir ! ICC they dont care much for Pakistanis and any other country Kindly continue writing and slapping on ICC face. I LIKE IT. GOOD LUCK.

  • Aatif Irshad on October 2, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    Pakistan are the T20 champs,Champions trophy semi finalists...yet not even a single pakistani player is considered worthy of an award by the ICC... way 2 go men in green keep churning the trophies 4 us and let the indians bag the awards..... because i...t is the trophies that count.... and the best award is from the people that you get in the form of love and warmth..

  • Umair on October 2, 2009, 11:31 GMT

    Great Kamran, Cricinfo pays you very well to have an iPhone.... ;)

  • Amjad Ali on October 2, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    Its true that Pakistan played lesser international cricket past year but that doe'nt mean to agnore them totally in T20 category. They were crowned the CHAMPS. And what about the previous years, when Paksitan played enough cricket and its players performed very well, still they were not recognised for their skills. And I believe in future this will go on as it is now. ICC is favoring India for its Income which mostly is generated from Indian region. Australia and England are considered as compulsary part for getting ICC awards. The theme of "Spirit of cricket" is unfortunately mispercept by ICC and thats why it was given to Kewis. Srilanka deserved to be the "Spirit of Cricket" a lot more than the Kewis. Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal's performances were completely ignored, and same happened to Shahid Khan Afridi's brilliant match winning performance. ICC completely went blind on Pakistani and South African players. Its good that Aleem Dar was prized somehow. Hats off to him.

  • Mansoor Hamid on October 2, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    I absolutely agreed with Mr. Abbasi. Once again ICC has found bias for ignoring Pakistani players from the winning list. Ignoring Pakistani players from the winning list in One Day Internationals and Test Matches is justified because they have played very few matches this year, hence they did not get a single chance to play at their home venues because no team is willing to come to Pakistan for playing cricket. We all know that India is facing the same state of affairs but nobody has refused to play in India. I think there is a Muslim factor involve in the whole scenario. Anyways I would like to congratulate Aleem Dar for ending Simon Taufel’s monopoly to claim the best ICC umpire of the year, I think that ICC had no choice this year but to announce Aleem Dar is the best umpire. We should thanks to ICC for inclusion of Umer Gul in the world ODI team of the year, he is lucky to be an 11th man of the world ODI team. I think Pakistan board should re-visit their policies at this level.

  • omar hussain on October 2, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    These awards are probably base on the teams who played most cricket but the miracle of Pakistan winning the Twenty20 World cup was ignored on what basis i can't fathom?Shaid Afridi was the magician and deserved an award especially as Pakistan came back from nowhere to reach the final. The South Africans played some magnificent cricket.Looks like the ICC is sold on India and Australia!Dhoni is over-rated both as a batsman and captain.The best man around is Graeme Smith who leads by example and attacks all the time.

  • Farrukh Mian on October 2, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    Good stuff Mr Abbassi. ICC needs to understand that gone are the days when such partiality could be tolerated. They are making a mockery of these awards. They must devise a better system for these awards where all elite cricketing nations have ample chance to get represented. After all it’s only in Cricket’s own interest that people don’t feel robbed. My sympathies with South Africa as they are victim of a day light robbery. Either dump ICC rankings or co-relate it to these awards in some manner.

  • Syed Hammad Mustafa on October 2, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    Quite amazing, the best cricketing brains and selection committee coming out with results which lacks both brain & selection ------

  • Zafar Qidwai on October 2, 2009, 10:34 GMT

    Like the man of the tournament award of the T20 world cup which Dilshan got as the consolation prize and deserving Afridi was deprived off, this time it was Umer Gul's turn. I think Gayle's innings was of same impact and class as that of Dilshan and he cannot be singled out on this performance. Figures of 5-6 which Gul got cannot be ignored and are a far bigger achievement. To get 5 wicket with this economy rate in mere 4 over is the feat which cannot be over passed in the near future. Thanks God at least Aleem Dar got the award this time.Congrats to him and to Asad Rauf as well for the nomination.

  • Jarri Najam on October 2, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan didn't play enough meaningful ODI and Test cricket over the given period, but the T20 player of the year should definitely have been Shahid Afridi, because he was ALWAYS consistent with his bowling and he scored runs as well in the matches that counted. Dilshan played really well, but he flopped in the final and he didn't bowl much if I remember correctly. And SA played brilliantly in Test matches throughout, except for one home series where they lost to Australia (that was after thet BEAT them down under). Still, their performance was in no way lesser than India's and to see not even one South African being given an award, not even ONE, is just a joke. Anyone can see these awards are biased.

  • NU on October 2, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    You know what! They can keep all the awards for anyone they want. Pakistani players won much much more then these meaningless awards by winning the heart and putting the smiles on the millions of faces by winning T20 WC. We dont care about these awards. Here is the deal. You keep the awards and we win the trophies. HAPPY!!!

  • Grant on October 2, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    I am a South African and I am just shocked! What a joke. I honestly think it is time to stop watching cricket. This is just a joke!!!!!

  • Gohar on October 2, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Kamran,

    it seems that only Australia and India are playing cricket and rest of the Team are meaningless for everyone. I am greatly disappointed when they Announced Dilshan as T20 player of the year!! i guess it was simply Afridi non other than him, he delivered tremendous performance in big games. Also, Spirit of Cricket must go to Srilanka who really supported us and came twice to the Pakistan and also paid price for that gesture. Well, I am looking forward for something from your pen on team selection for Semi final and Final.

  • Ehsan on October 2, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    @ sudeep you completely lost the objective and idea of the blog. It was not just about some individual performances of Pakistan players. if you talk about consistency then where are South africans they are first in test ranking and 3rd in ODI, they are consistent performers...

  • Honky Tonk Pig Swill on October 2, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    Call a spade a spade - the ICC awards were a joke. Younis Khan deserved something after a great year of captaincy. Samaraweera deserved a comeback from getting shot award or similar - not just the weight of his runs - its all a pile of poo I am afraid. Mitch lost the Ashes - pretty big sin if you ask me.

    Still - aside from 1 washout, we have had a very good tourni so far. I hope Pakistan win - win well, as worthy winners.

  • Atif on October 2, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    icc means (Indian cricket company) this is the answer they have supermans dhoni and co. they have all the money shame on you ICC.

  • sudeep das on October 2, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    I understand your frustation after the current showing by Pakistan. Unfortunately they have played very little cricket during the last period of consideration. Your veiled exasperation at Indians getting awards more for their economic clout rather than onfield performance is however, uncalled for. Pakistan have lost both their ODI series to Aus and SL prior to their fine showing in C.Trophy. India on the other hand have won all their bi-lateral series during the same period. Similarly in Tests the Indians have played very well consistently (the South Africans could not maintain their fine form even ar home). So beating an under-strength Indian team in one match should not distort your objective judgment. Finally, individual performances were rewarded based on consistency over a period and not occassional sparks of brilliance in one series.

  • Rauf on October 2, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    You will have a better luck finding a three legged ballerina than seeing any Pak names in the ICC awards. Dilshan fully deserves his award but how can one ignore Afridi, Gul or Ajmal's contribution during the T20?

    I personally don't give a hoot about ICC awards. They will not award Pak player anything even if Pak is #1 team in the ranking. Such is the climate we live in. Best award for me as a Pak fan is bewildered, dismay and angry looks on the faces of some of these ICC big wigs when Pak won the T20 and hopefully will win CT2009.

  • arshad hussain -brisbane -australia on October 2, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    It was total shambles, it was disregard for hard work round the year ,it was failure to recognize class,so you mean mitchel johnson bowled better than dale steyn, dilshan was better than yuvraj and afridi, umar gul was not good enough and what about A B de villiers , Thilan samarawera . i am sorry it does not add up . the most shocking thing as kamran abbasi has already said total absence of south african cricket team from these awards 2008-2009 was one of their best years so far . good on them for letting it happen on south african soil. i have written before about the spirit of cricket award -what is the basis/criterion for it you cannot go past pakistan or afghanistan both countries are war torn at present but look at their achievements and love for cricket afghanistan specially did well considering all odds recognizing them would have done wonders for the afghans and cricket. wake up icc, before these awards become a real joke make merit one of ingredients . well done aleem dar

  • salman on October 2, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    ICC awards are for Australians.... you ppl think we dont see whats going on ..

  • E Yusuf on October 2, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    I was sincerely hoping that Shahid Afridi gets an award for his performance in the recent T20 WC. That didn't happen. But I really want the judges to logically explain on what basis MS Dhoni got so many awards leaving out some outstanding players ignored!

  • Taqveem Ahsan Siddiqui on October 2, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Absolutely agreed Abbasi! cannot agree more..true that pakistan didnt play much one days last year or infact any MEANINGFUL one day cricket but they deserved recognition in T20s, awarding a player for just a short ( and that short was consistantly played by Moin khan in 1999 world cup in England) is beyond any reasonable comprehension.. Pakistan had proven themselves in the previous T20 world cup ( 2007) and ofcourse this year's tournament was nothing but the resurrection of Pakistan as a cricketing force (though i am not a big fan of the format)a team that had 5 of its players in the ICC T20 squad has not earned a single award there. Is this another beurocratic politics from ICC? if that's the case then there wont be any one to blame but themselves of turning yet another ICC event into a CIRCUS .... we'll see what they come up with the next year as the Green shirts have returned on the scene with an impact .... another Political Doctrine like this and Curtains to ICC awards.

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on October 2, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Pakistan has been sidelined for more than a year by cricket Bullies. if Pakistanis are given hcances on neutral grounds see what they do, I mean Aleem dar. I want to congratulate ALeem dar and whole nation for bringing this pride home. Its a great achievement. And I also want ot leave a note for ICC that please start looking at above the surface and get out fo the DABBA (BOX) thinking. Pakistans T20 victory was a slap on whole ICC and cricket bullys, wake up now and start being Just to all nations. But is there really Justice around? I doubt it. We all know that even certain laws are changed as they suit certain nations, so I think this is what I expect from these guys. Peace

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  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on October 2, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Pakistan has been sidelined for more than a year by cricket Bullies. if Pakistanis are given hcances on neutral grounds see what they do, I mean Aleem dar. I want to congratulate ALeem dar and whole nation for bringing this pride home. Its a great achievement. And I also want ot leave a note for ICC that please start looking at above the surface and get out fo the DABBA (BOX) thinking. Pakistans T20 victory was a slap on whole ICC and cricket bullys, wake up now and start being Just to all nations. But is there really Justice around? I doubt it. We all know that even certain laws are changed as they suit certain nations, so I think this is what I expect from these guys. Peace

  • Taqveem Ahsan Siddiqui on October 2, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Absolutely agreed Abbasi! cannot agree more..true that pakistan didnt play much one days last year or infact any MEANINGFUL one day cricket but they deserved recognition in T20s, awarding a player for just a short ( and that short was consistantly played by Moin khan in 1999 world cup in England) is beyond any reasonable comprehension.. Pakistan had proven themselves in the previous T20 world cup ( 2007) and ofcourse this year's tournament was nothing but the resurrection of Pakistan as a cricketing force (though i am not a big fan of the format)a team that had 5 of its players in the ICC T20 squad has not earned a single award there. Is this another beurocratic politics from ICC? if that's the case then there wont be any one to blame but themselves of turning yet another ICC event into a CIRCUS .... we'll see what they come up with the next year as the Green shirts have returned on the scene with an impact .... another Political Doctrine like this and Curtains to ICC awards.

  • E Yusuf on October 2, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    I was sincerely hoping that Shahid Afridi gets an award for his performance in the recent T20 WC. That didn't happen. But I really want the judges to logically explain on what basis MS Dhoni got so many awards leaving out some outstanding players ignored!

  • salman on October 2, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    ICC awards are for Australians.... you ppl think we dont see whats going on ..

  • arshad hussain -brisbane -australia on October 2, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    It was total shambles, it was disregard for hard work round the year ,it was failure to recognize class,so you mean mitchel johnson bowled better than dale steyn, dilshan was better than yuvraj and afridi, umar gul was not good enough and what about A B de villiers , Thilan samarawera . i am sorry it does not add up . the most shocking thing as kamran abbasi has already said total absence of south african cricket team from these awards 2008-2009 was one of their best years so far . good on them for letting it happen on south african soil. i have written before about the spirit of cricket award -what is the basis/criterion for it you cannot go past pakistan or afghanistan both countries are war torn at present but look at their achievements and love for cricket afghanistan specially did well considering all odds recognizing them would have done wonders for the afghans and cricket. wake up icc, before these awards become a real joke make merit one of ingredients . well done aleem dar

  • Rauf on October 2, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    You will have a better luck finding a three legged ballerina than seeing any Pak names in the ICC awards. Dilshan fully deserves his award but how can one ignore Afridi, Gul or Ajmal's contribution during the T20?

    I personally don't give a hoot about ICC awards. They will not award Pak player anything even if Pak is #1 team in the ranking. Such is the climate we live in. Best award for me as a Pak fan is bewildered, dismay and angry looks on the faces of some of these ICC big wigs when Pak won the T20 and hopefully will win CT2009.

  • sudeep das on October 2, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    I understand your frustation after the current showing by Pakistan. Unfortunately they have played very little cricket during the last period of consideration. Your veiled exasperation at Indians getting awards more for their economic clout rather than onfield performance is however, uncalled for. Pakistan have lost both their ODI series to Aus and SL prior to their fine showing in C.Trophy. India on the other hand have won all their bi-lateral series during the same period. Similarly in Tests the Indians have played very well consistently (the South Africans could not maintain their fine form even ar home). So beating an under-strength Indian team in one match should not distort your objective judgment. Finally, individual performances were rewarded based on consistency over a period and not occassional sparks of brilliance in one series.

  • Atif on October 2, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    icc means (Indian cricket company) this is the answer they have supermans dhoni and co. they have all the money shame on you ICC.

  • Honky Tonk Pig Swill on October 2, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    Call a spade a spade - the ICC awards were a joke. Younis Khan deserved something after a great year of captaincy. Samaraweera deserved a comeback from getting shot award or similar - not just the weight of his runs - its all a pile of poo I am afraid. Mitch lost the Ashes - pretty big sin if you ask me.

    Still - aside from 1 washout, we have had a very good tourni so far. I hope Pakistan win - win well, as worthy winners.

  • Ehsan on October 2, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    @ sudeep you completely lost the objective and idea of the blog. It was not just about some individual performances of Pakistan players. if you talk about consistency then where are South africans they are first in test ranking and 3rd in ODI, they are consistent performers...