ICC Cricketer of the Year Award

ECB complaint leads to Swann inclusion

Cricinfo staff

August 20, 2010

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Graeme Swann struck in the first over of a spell for the umpteenth time as Cameron White lobbed to deep mid-off, England v Australia, 5th ODI, Lord's, July 3, 2010
Graeme Swann has been instrumental in England's improved performances across all three formats © Getty Images
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Graeme Swann's addition to the long-list for the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award only came about after a "robust" intervention on his behalf from the chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, Giles Clarke, it transpired last night.

Swann, who has been one of the key factors in England's rise over the last year was initially overlooked when the first list of 16 names was unveiled on Wednesday, but was belatedly included as the ICC issued an apology for an "oversight".

Swann has been an outstanding performer across all formats in the period under consideration, between August 24, 2009 and August 10, 2010. In that time he has taken 49 wickets from 10 Tests, 28 in 23 ODIs and 16 in 11 T20Is, a format in which he was instrumental in leading England to the world title in the Caribbean. He is also currently the top-ranked spinner in the ICC rankings. He had initially been included only in the Test Player of the Year longlist.

"It is fair to say that the ECB made a very robust enquiry about why he was not on the list," Clarke told The Times. "I was given explanations for the players being on there, and some of them I found debatable. I was assured that the matter would be examined and told it would probably be a clerical error."

On the contrary, the ICC clearly took Clarke's complaint to heart, as it issued an unusually fulsome apology shortly after the news of his inclusion had been made public. "It was a genuine oversight on the part of the committee as Graeme fully deserved to be nominated in this category," said the former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC cricket committee Clive Lloyd, who headed up the five-man selection panel.

"Graeme, during the voting period, produced some very strong performances which puts him alongside the other top performers. On behalf of the selection panel, I apologise for this oversight."

"Graeme is immensely deserving," added Clarke. "He has been the main reason why the team has not lost a Test series all year, and he played a key role when we won the World Twenty20. He has played with great distinction in a style and spirit that is good for the game. What more did the poor man have to do to get on the list?"

"I saw on TV that I was in [the nominations] and I was expecting congratulations in the dressing room, but all I got was the mickey taken that I hadn't been in it initially," said Swann. "I don't know much about it, but I'm delighted to be on the long list, even it looks a tricky one to win with 16 other people. So fingers crossed."

The longlists of nominations were made by a five-man panel chaired by Lloyd, and also including former international players Angus Fraser of England, Matthew Hayden of Australia, Ravi Shastri of India and Zimbabwe's Duncan Fletcher, the former England coach. Short-lists for each award will be produced before the ceremony in Bangalore on October 6.

The nominations

Cricketer of the year: Hashim Amla, Doug Bollinger, Michael Clarke, MS Dhoni, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Virender Sehwag, Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann, Sachin Tendulkar, Daniel Vettori, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson

Test player of the year: Hashim Amla, James Anderson, Mohammad Asif, Doug Bollinger, MS Dhoni, Tamim Iqbal, Mahela Jayawardena, Jacques Kallis, Simon Katich, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Virender Sehwag, Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Watson

ODI player of the year: Hashim Amla, Doug Bollinger, MS Dhoni, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Ryan Harris, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson and Cameron White

Emerging player of the year: Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Shafiul Islam, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Angelo Mathews, Eoin Morgan, Pragyan Ojha, Tim Paine, Wayne Parnell, Kemar Roac, Steven Smith, Paul Stirling and David Warner

Associate and Affiliate player of the year: Ashish Bagai, Richie Berrington, Muddassar Bukhari, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Trent Johnston, Kevin O'Brien, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari and Paul Stirling

Twenty20 international performance of the year: Suleiman Benn 4 for 6 v Zimbabwe, Deandra Dottin 112*v South Africa Women, Chris Gayle 98 v India, Michael Hussey 60*v Pakistan, Mahela Jayawardena 100 v Zimbabwe, Mahela Jayawardena 98* v West Indies, Nuwan Kulasekera 3 for 4 v New Zealand, Ryan McLaren 5 for 19 v West Indies, Brendon McMcllum 116* v Australia, Eoin Morgan 85* v South Africa, Nehemiah Odhiambo 5 for 20 v Scotland, Ellyse Perry 3 for 18 v New Zealand Women, Suresh Raina 101 v South Africa and Darren Sammy 5 for 26 v Zimbabwe

Women's Cricketer of the Year: Suzie Bates, Nicola Browne, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Devine, Jhulan Goswami, Lydia Greenway, Sarah McGlashan, Shelley Nitschke, Ellyse Perry, Laura Poulton, Mithali Raj, Gouher Sultana and Stafanie Taylor

Umpire of the Year: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Asoke de Silva, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Daryl Harper, Rudi Koertzen, Asad Rauf, Simon Taufel and Rod Tucker

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Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (August 25, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

Who in the world calls Swann the best spinner in the world? That is an insult to Muralidaran. Swann is talented no doubt, more talented than all the Indian spinners combined (except the legend kumble) but he will surely be another flash in the pan like Monty. That aside, he has had a great year and deserves to be in the list. But come on, Ponting?(Has being) MSD? (Only stats - bad year) Kohli? Jadeja? (???) Guess any Indian that makes a century gets nominated (Kohli's vs Bangladesh) I don't know why Jadeja is there. Mathews had an impressive year but Aamir deserves the award. He is breath taking. T20 performance - Hussey. Cry baby of the year - All Indian players are eligible except a few (eg.Nehra)

Posted by shri619 on (August 23, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

@pakspin for your kind information the pitch is made for both sides we do not make a pitch for a one side if tendulkar scores 200 on that track with a good quality bowling attack. then the south african players why not made runs against a poor, inexpirince indian bowling attack those people says about indian pitches i have to say one thing that in every country you play cricket the pitch gonna be the same if opposition player or team can make 200 or 500 then then other team also have to score on that pitch.if you can play good cricket you can win matches everywhere and don't blam the pitch for your loss the pitch remains same. and talking about that 200 runs i don't know aus,eng sa,pak all have played cricket here in india why they have not score that 200 runs just becoz their player don't have that ability. though pitch is supporting batsman or bowler you have to play your good cricket on that runs and wickets don't come easily you have to earn it. sachin played 4 hrs to make that 200

Posted by cricpolitics on (August 23, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

Oversight? How could it be possible from a professional organization? This nomination and awards are just another joke like the ICC test and ODI ranking system.

Posted by SONIAAFZAL on (August 22, 2010, 21:51 GMT)

if afridi is not included for ball temparing then swan shouldnt be there for drink&driving..............

Posted by SONIAAFZAL on (August 22, 2010, 21:47 GMT)

ponting???? for what???? why no murali, afridi & asif???? ICC & ITS FIVE MAN PANEL IS A JOKE... cant belive this namination..... swan is over blown by the over hyped commentators and media. just wait for him to go to australia this winter & countrys like india or srilanka where he will be smaked al over the ground then see hes name will be wiped off from england squad just like monty panesar & they wil get ADIL RASHID in the squad & will say hes next SHANE WARNE+ANIL KUMBLE..this english media is a ful of jokers....

Posted by   on (August 22, 2010, 18:47 GMT)

@pakspin Pakistan also cant be much bullish about their pitches.You have given triple centuries and double centuries like anything.Do i need to remind you about the last completed test match in Pakistan where Younis Khan scored a triple century so effortestly.I bet the result of the test wouldnt have come even in 15 days.And i reckon Indian grounds like Ahmedabad should be banned.Yes awards should also take the match and pitch conditions into consideration.So the jury must be like that of a film awards one where members are watching the international matches for a good period of time.I dont have much faith on Mr.Shastri though.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

I am an Indian. I feel ashame of Ravidra jadeja & Pragyan Ojha inclusion in the Emerging player of the year. He does not bowl well also with bat. ICC if you do not have the count leave it as is. Don't add player like him in the list. At least that time young player may feel that they are not perform up to mark.

Posted by Itchy on (August 22, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

I'm scratching my head with a number of selections for players in several of the categories:

Cricketer of the year: Doug Bollinger, MS Dhoni, Mitchell Johnson, Ricky Ponting & AB de Villiers

Test player of the year: James Anderson, Mohammad Asif, MS Dhoni & Thilan Samaraweera

ODI player of the year: Doug Bollinger, MS Dhoni & Sachin Tendulkar

Can't see how Ricky Ponting made the grade for Cricketer of the year as he has only been reasonable in ODIs with 1 or 2 good innings in tests - captained OK since the Ashes though. Dhoni has only captained OK or has scored runs on batting paradises. In fact, most subcontinental pitches have been like this recently (note the lack of Asian bowlers up for an award in the categories I have mentioned).

Posted by vibs91 on (August 22, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

afridi yes played 2-3 very gud innings but was not consistent therefore not nominated..swann deaserved place n got it..amir is the find of the year beyond doubt..some sensible people should post their not the emotional fools..

Posted by vibs91 on (August 22, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

well pakistanis are as usual frustrated..there is no way awards nominations are manipulated...this committe is answerable to icc and there is no way that they could handpick their favoured players knowing that the whole world media is keeping an eye on the nominations..and for someone who said sachin scored 200 on a dead rubber please note that was against the best bowling attack in the world containing the likes of steyn , langeveldt n parnell..also msd averages above 50 in odi's n those who say he hadn't played a vital innings are fully idiots..as far as i know and most will agree 90% of his 50+ innings have brought victory to india..yes sehwag inclusion in odi is debatable but as all of u know he is the best test player in world cricket..if u dont believe go and ask ian chappel, boycott n other greats who have admitted it..

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