ICC awards 2012

PCB officials to skip ICC awards over Ajmal snub

Umar Farooq

September 14, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal goes on a celebratory run, Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai, September 5, 2012
The PCB has "decided not to boycott the awards ceremony and as a token send some squad members to the event" © Associated Press

The PCB has decided to not send its senior board officials to the ICC awards ceremony in Colombo on Saturday, as a protest over the exclusion of offspinner Saeed Ajmal from shortlists for two of the top awards. The Pakistan board, though, said it has, "decided not to [fully] boycott the awards ceremony and as a token send some squad members to the event".

Ajmal is the No. 1 ranked bowler in both one-dayers and T20Is, and the top-ranked spinner in Tests, but has been overlooked for the Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year nominations.

A meeting of senior officials was held at the PCB headquarters, headed by PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, to decide whether to go for further 'robust protest'. The board said it will take up the issue at the upcoming ICC chief executives committee meeting. "The ICC's process of the short-listing needs to be reviewed and there should be a mechanism to correct errors," the PCB said in a press release.

The PCB earlier had lodged a written protest with the ICC after Ajmal was left off the awards shortlist last week and ICC refused to reconsider Ajmal's case, saying that the voting results are final and binding on everyone.

Ajmal was in the longlist this year but missed out when an independent 32-member jury that included former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail and Pakistan journalist Majid Bhatti nominated Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke and South Africa opener Hashim Amla for Test Cricketer of the Year.

The 34-year-old Ajmal, took 72 Test wickets between August 4, 2011 and August 6, 2012 - the qualifying period for the award. That haul included 24 at 14.70 against England, the then No. 1 side in the world, helping Pakistan sweep them 3-0 in January.

The omission, according to the PCB "is an injustice to the talent and achievements" of Ajmal. "The PCB has strongly registered its protest with the ICC already and has conveyed them the sentiments of the people of Pakistan and fans and legends of cricket on this issue," the release said.

The Pakistan board also said it wanted changes to the process. "The matter will be raised in the upcoming CEC meeting of the ICC and a review of the process would be sought to avoid any such incidents in future. Corrective measures would be suggested.

"The PCB will impress upon this issue at other forums of cricketing community and all necessary input will be sought to devise a mechanism which is performance based and is acceptable to a wider segment of cricket fans."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Biggie312 on (September 16, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

@Mask_Man Its not about give me the award, its about when someone clearly diserves the award or to be atleat amongst the nominations and have been clearley avoided, anyway this man dosent need an award to show hes the best its clear for everyone to see

Posted by Mask_Man on (September 16, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

hhahahah give me the award otherwise we will not attend the icc awards .....amazing spirit of cricket......hahhaha

Posted by Iddy on (September 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Award or No Award. Ajmal we Love u not only for ur bowling but for your lovely attitude. You are the best spin bowler in the world. Keep up the good work and help Pakistan win many more matches in all formats of the game. Good Luck Pakistan in the World T20.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (September 15, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Overall, it should have been a close-run contest between Saeed Ajmal and Hashim Amla for the overall award. I had Ajmal just pipping Hashim Amla; but it could have gone either way. Against Amla is that he was injured for part of the year, while against Ajmal is that he had a few easy opponents - while all of Amla's were top level. Ajmal, crucially, also did very well in T20s while Amla was pretty ordinary in T20s, which was ultimately why I gave it to Saeed Ajmal. Virat Kohli was 3rd with Sangakkara 4th and Philander 5th. For the test player of the year I had Philander winning, again with Hashim Amla 2nd. For the ODI player of the year, I agree with the ICC in giving it to Virat Kohli, and had Amla 2nd. Poor Amla. I have no idea why they gave it to Sangakkara in any category, as he was miles away from the best.

Posted by AMRules on (September 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Good decision.......................................................

Posted by Bazinga81 on (September 15, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

The ICC is a joke organization. He may or may not have deserved to win the awards but he should have definitely been in the shortlists. Stay classy ICC.

Posted by sichu_emerald on (September 15, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Thats the spirit of the game and person as a whole Mr. Zaka, We respect you...HATS OFF and thanks for keeping the game of pakistan alive, as we wanted more of Indo-Pak series, please look into that aspect and talk to BCCI to conduct the series in UAE...INDIAN

Posted by Karnain on (September 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

It's sad to see Ajmal's omission, but the worst thing is that ICC has failed to state the reasoning behind that way.

Anyway my predictions are: ICC Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara ICC Test Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara, ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year: Virat Kohli ICC T20I Performance of the Year: Ajantha Mendis ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year: James Pattinson / Sunil Narine ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year: Kevin O'Brien / Paul Stirling ICC Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar / Kumar Dharmasena ICC Spirit of Cricket: AB de Villiers / Mohammad Hafeez People's Choice Award: Kumar Sangakkara

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT)


Posted by sabir1054 on (September 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

I think ICC will realize very soon that they have made mess on Ajmal's issue.

Posted by H-Shakil on (September 15, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Finally PCB showing some personality, good decision. And Saeed bhai ICC award or not we love you!!

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

out of 4 only 1will get th award... but ajmal awards are not ur destiny.... play well enough to make world cup ours..............

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

This is not the good decision by PCB if they really wanted to show protest so they shouldn't participate in the award at all. But now they have to respect the ICC body and make sure that it will not happen to any other country next time.

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (September 15, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Pakistan has reformed many of the ICC policies the most important is Neutral Umpire and now they start to modifiy the procedure for Award list go Pakistan go

Posted by abs.liton on (September 15, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

PCB's decision is right to boycott ICC Awards as a great bowler like Ajmal has not been selected in the awards though he is top class bowler and dominates gorgeously nowadays. > A Bangladeshi cricket fan.

Posted by Marcio on (September 15, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Everyone knows why people are divided on Ajmal. PAK supporters should just be grateful that the ICC permits him to continue bowling in intrnationals. Not so long ago he would not have made it past the provincial level for 'legal' reasons.

Posted by salmanch on (September 15, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Award, or no award. I think ICC has received the message loud and clear. Fans all over the world (even non-Pakistanis) have backed Ajmal and believe him to be a deserving contender. That in itself is a silver lining on the cloud.

Posted by ccriccfan on (September 14, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

ajmal is a phenomenal bowler..this coming from an indian..good luck for t20 world cup pakistan!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

@Stark62... I don't think you can say either Michael Clarke nor Hashim Amla haven't performed well in both formats. They're deserved nominees. Philander should've been nominated as test player as should Sanga, with Ajmal taking one of their places.

Posted by abmughal on (September 14, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

i m a pakistani but i do not agree with this dicission........... pakistan is going to get nothing ....nothing at all ...... it will also create a bad effect on ajmal career and bowling .... they should go ....

Posted by kunalbachani on (September 14, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

very gud decision by pcb... bt hope dat dey stand by wid itz decision.

Posted by Canuckistani on (September 14, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Only send Saeed Ajmal to the award ceremony. He would be there with his ever jovial attitude, smiling and humble at all times. He has shrugged this off, reflecting true sportsmanship.

Posted by Navaidzuberi on (September 14, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

I fully support PCB decision. Saeed's performance over last one year definitely deserve shortlisting. All this debate is about recognition of outstanding performances. People have valid reasons about sensing bias in ICC decision. Ignoring Ajmal is an ERROR, intentionally or unintentionally.. Now next issue is weather ICC accepts it and evolve some kind of corrective mechanism or not. I hope the sense prevail..

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

now Hashim Amla not Selected

Posted by tanveer131 on (September 14, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Well Decision. Sir Zaka I really respect you and your decision

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

U either boycott or you dont? What is this partial boycott? its like saying..we are upset but not that upset....

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Finally PCB standing up for player. Amjal played a vital role in changing the Test ranking. because of his role in beating ENG SA was able to become #1.

little bit is better then nothing. i would back PCB to completely boycott the ceremony all together.

Posted by lankavigi on (September 14, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

I think Pakistan has a point here. Ajmal has been one of the best performers for the past few years. I really hate him, as he's always a pain in the ass for all opposition teams. But to be honest his performance was too good to ignore. He was the man for Pakistan against England (former no1 side). England were over the moon and were almost invincible. It was Ajmal who showed their weaknesses against spin. Whether you are a Sri Lankan , Indian or English, this guy's achievements are too good to ignore.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

This is a good step. And Ajmal deserves to be nominated. This is totally unfair by the ICC.

Posted by Tufey_Fatos on (September 14, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@Shishu Then who deserves to be in the list ? ? ? Nehra,Chawla,Yadav ? lolx

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

You don't have to play all three formats to be Cricketer of the year, although it obviously helps. But when someone breaks a 100 yr old record, like Philander did, then it is worthy of being nominated for cricketer of the year. Few players play all three formats. But I thought Pakistan 'didn't care' about this award so why the drama?

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Good going, finally the PCB stands up.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

good descion taken by PCB

Posted by Stark62 on (September 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Forget about 'Test cricketer of the year' award because he deserves to win 'cricketer of the year'!!

Barring Sanga, none on the list of 'cricketer of the year' category have performed well in other formats, whilst two of the chosen candidates only participate in one or just two formats of the game.

Yes, Amla did well against Eng in the recent T20's but he was a flop in the tri-series, involving Zimb and Bang.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (September 14, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Vernon Philander's inclusion as Cricketer of the Year was not justified at all, okay for the test but Ajmal has been an ace in all three formats and VP only played one ODI and no T20s during the qualifying period, so how can he be in Cricketer of the Year?

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

he do not deserve to be in the list i do not know why the drama is happening.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

whole team should also bycott this cermony.members of other countries who think this is injustice to ajmal should also bycott this.

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (September 14, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I think ajmal should have included in 'player of the year' catagory and vernon should have selected in 'test cricketer of the year'.pcb have done right by taking part in icc award ceremony.ajmal should continue performing well.he should b the cricketer of the year in nxt year

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

I welcome PCB's decision not to sent its senior officials to annual award ceremony. This is the least it could do to demonstrate its displeasure at Saeed Ajmal being excluded from several shortlists.

Posted by Omarrz on (September 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

I don't get why names of Amir and Majid are being mentioned in every article on this issue. It seems as if ICC is trying to explain that there is no bias involved as the jury had Pakistan representation. It was a 32 member jury. What if these 2 Pakistanis did vote Ajmal and not others?

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