ICC awards, 2009

Johnson and Gambhir scoop top awards

Andrew Miller

October 1, 2009

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Mitchell Johnson is all smiles after winning the Cricketer of the Year award, ICC Awards, Johannesburg, October 1, 2009
Mitchell Johnson - ICC's World Player of the Year © Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson capped a tumultuous year by becoming the sixth winner of the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, after being named as the ICC World Player of the Year at cricket's annual awards ceremony in Johannesburg. Johnson, who shot to prominence during Australia's memorable series win in South Africa in February and March, claimed the title ahead of his fellow nominees, Gautam Gambhir, Andrew Strauss and MS Dhoni.

Johnson was a surprise choice for the title, not least because of the massive and very public crisis of confidence he suffered during Australia's Ashes defeat in England, particularly in the pivotal second Test at Lord's which England went on to win after Johnson's first-day figures of 2 for 107 in 19 overs. But when he got his game right he was nigh on unplayable, as his sensational performances against South Africa demonstrated. With 80 wickets in 17 matches, he was the most prolific strike bowler of the year, and he also recorded his maiden Test century and an unbeaten 96 against South Africa.

"I'm really blown away," said Johnson. "I am just surprised to be up here. It has been a great 12 months for our side. We have lost some wonderful players in recent years and we have been rebuilding with some young guys in the team and we have played together well."

India's star opener, Gambhir, was named as Test Player of the Year, after an impressive haul of 1269 runs at 84.60 in the eight Tests during the qualification period. "It's been a dream run for me. I never thought it could be like this but life has changed for me and I am very happy," said Gambhir. "As a unit we have played very well and I am just glad to contribute to the overall success of the team."

Dhoni retained his title of ODI Player of the Year, seeing off competition from his team-mates, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, as well as West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Dhoni played 24 ODIs during the voting period, scoring 967 runs at an average of 60.43 and strike-rate of 86.63, and also claimed 26 dismissals as he led India to 17 victories including a 5-0 demolition of England.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was a worthy winner of the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year award, after capping a sensational World Twenty20 tournament in England in June with a show-stealing 96 off 57 balls against West Indies in the semi-final. His performance at The Oval, in which no other Sri Lanka batsman managed more than 24, included two sixes and 12 fours, and though Sri Lanka went on to lose the final to Pakistan, Dilshan was nevertheless named as the Man of the Tournament, with a total of 317 runs at 52.83.

Dilshan is perhaps most notable for his signature "Dilscoop" shot - a flick-shot over his, and the keeper's, heads - and as he accepted his award he was equally proud to have coined a new term in cricket's lexicon. "I'm really proud of myself for having a new shot named after me," he said. "That shot has given me confidence. If I am under pressure I can play that shot and put the pressure back on the bowlers."

Australia's fast bowler, Peter Siddle, was named as the Emerging Player of the Year, after claiming 49 wickets at 28.93 in the 12 matches since his debut at Mohali in October 2008, including five-wicket hauls against South Africa at Sydney and England at Headingley, both of which led to memorable victories. Siddle beat his fellow Australia seamer, Ben Hilfenhaus, to the award, as well as England's Graham Onions and New Zealand's Jesse Ryder.

New Zealand's cricketers were considered to have conducted themselves better on the field than any other nation in 2008-09, as they claimed the Spirit of Cricket award for the second time, having also won during the inaugural Awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London in 2004. The judgement was made by the ICC's umpires and match referees, in conjunction with the ten full-member captains, and Daniel Vettori accepted the accolade on behalf of his colleagues, only 48 hours after reversing a run-out appeal against Paul Collingwood in their must-win group match against England.

"I think most teams within world cricket aspire to the intangible notion of the Spirit of Cricket," said Vettori. "It's not easy to define but I think when you get out on the field of play most guys know where that line is and most play the game in the right way. If we can couple the Spirit of Cricket award with the ICC Champions Trophy then we will be very happy indeed."

Andrew Strauss made it to the Test Team of the Year, ICC Awards, Johannesburg, October 1, 2009
He would not be leading, but Andrew Strauss was picked as opener in the Test Team of the Year © Getty Images

Pakistan's Aleem Dar ended Simon Taufel's monopoly to claim the Umpire of the Year award. It was the first time that anyone other than Taufel had picked up the accolade in the six years that the ceremony has taken place.

South Africa's spearhead, Dale Steyn, is the only player to retain his place in the World Test Team of the Year, with last year's captain, Graeme Smith, missing the cut to accommodate World Player of the Year nominees Gambhir and Strauss at the top of the order. Dhoni takes over as captain; AB de Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar and Thilan Samaraweera make up the middle-order, while Bangladesh's impressive allrounder, Shakib al Hasan, is chosen as the spin option alongside three quicks in Johnson, Steyn and Stuart Broad.

Six countries were also represented in the World ODI team, and just as with the Test side, there's only one survivor from the XI named 12 months ago. Dhoni was last year's wicketkeeper, and now he is captain as well, having been picked alongside his team-mates Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.

Three Sri Lankans - Dilshan, Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara - also feature, as well as two Englishmen, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen, neither of whom have played a part in the side's remarkable revival during the Champions Trophy. West Indies' Chris Gayle, Pakistan's death-overs specialist Umar Gul, and New Zealand's surprise package, Martin Guptill, make up the numbers.

England's women - World Champions in 50-over and 20-over cricket this year, were rewarded for their dominance when their star player, Clare Taylor, was named as the Women's Player of the Year. Taylor, 33, scored 565 runs in 18 ODIs an average of 70.62, and 230 runs at a lofty 115.00 in England's six-match World Twenty20 campaign.

Ireland's captain, Will Porterfield, was named as the Associate Player of the Year, after leading his side to nine ODI victories in 11 fixtures in a memorable season that also included qualification for the Super Eights stage of the World Twenty20.

World Test Team of the Year: Gautam Gambhir (India), Andrew Strauss (England), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Thilan Samaraweera (Sri Lanka), Michael Clarke (Australia), MS Dhoni (India, capt & wk), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Stuart Broad (England), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Harbhajan Singh (India, 12th man)

World ODI team of the year: Virender Sehwag (Ind), Chris Gayle (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Martin Guptill (NZ), MS Dhoni (Ind, captain, WK), Andrew Flintoff (Eng), Nuwan Kulasekara (SL), Ajantha Mendis (SL), Umar Gul (Pak), 12th man: Thilan Thushara (SL)

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Posted by umairsaleem9009 on (October 2, 2009, 11:49 GMT)

what a joke it is? it shows that how strong is the australian and indian lobby in icc. there's no yusaf, yunus and sangakara in test team lol........ saeed ajmal and afridi are far better than mendis to b placed in the odi team. msdhoni was assigned captain in both formats but hasn't been able to leed his side in final 4 in both of the icc events held this year. i shall b thankful if anyone pass these comments to icc authorities.

Posted by altaaf on (October 2, 2009, 11:32 GMT)

Afridi did not single handed take pakistan to finals... he performed only in semi final and final with a luck which bought them semi final thanks to India. In the final Mohamed Amir took the only danger man in srilanka team to took them to final single handedly its Dilshan, he was the only batsman who performed for Srilanka. In my eyes Dilshan Deserves the to get the trophy.

Posted by altaaf on (October 2, 2009, 11:22 GMT)

To be fair to everyone Dhoni is a clawn... He was has only played 35 test with 1 test century with an average of 35. Sanga around 85 test 20 test centeries average over 55. plus i would have Included pakistani and southafrican players they perform well, even though they played only very less cricket. England cricketers are Jokers. Srilanka should have won the Spirit of cricket for Going to pakistan when rest of the cricketing nations were hiding under the bed.

Posted by AtifKhan321 on (October 2, 2009, 11:22 GMT)

How about Johnson still gets the award but something like .. 'Mediocre cricketer of the year' .. same for Strauss, 'Mediocre Test Opener of the year' ... Interesting to see India do so well these days ... show me the money, show me the money :)

Posted by samtheram on (October 2, 2009, 11:05 GMT)

S Chanderpaul was one of the 4 nominees for ODI player of the year; but could not find a place in the ODI team of the year !!!! In the future one shd not be surprised to find the world player of the year not part of any world teams of the year and player of the year for Test/ODI not part of the respective team of the year !!!

Posted by dgamlath on (October 2, 2009, 10:54 GMT)

Anyone can tell anything about the awards, not only about ICC awards but almost any awarding ceremony. I also have some problems but I accept it overall. As a Sri Lankan, I would have liked if more of our players were adjudged award winners, but at the same time, we all know that we didn't play that well this season. But still, we have three players in the World ODI Team which is really good. Just accepting the hard times as it is, and appreciating the performances of our team, let all of us be together with our team and encourage our heroes to achieve higher status in the game in the coming months. Let's unite and wish our lions best of the luck.


Posted by wriggle on (October 2, 2009, 10:51 GMT)

i totally disagree with uranium. Sakib was ranked the number 1 all rounder a long time BEFORE Bangladesh played either Zimbabwe or west indies. sakib was underrated. and Stuart Broad in the test team?? I'm sorry, but that's just crazy talk.

Posted by jcroberts on (October 2, 2009, 10:45 GMT)

shakenbake, Broads bowling average this calendar year is virtually identical to that of Mitchell Johnsons. Perhaps Johnson shouldn't be in the team either?

Posted by www.sunil.com on (October 2, 2009, 10:42 GMT)

I dont think a team who always had (& even in recent times) allegations of ball tampering should be awarded with spirit of the year award. I think NZ deserves that award!!

Posted by ryx_allrounder on (October 2, 2009, 10:41 GMT)

What a farce these awards are.I've always avoided talking about them because I felt that these are just a way of getting glitz and glamour in the game. But looking at the winners,I felt I had to say something.MS Dhoni for ODI player?Are you kidding me?The most OVER-RATED player! Dilshan for T20 instead of Gul?Its easy to score runs like Dilshan did,its nothing new but it will take a very long time to get bowling figures as good as Gul's. Spirit of cricket?NZ?Is accusing a team,that defeated you and embarrassed you,of ball tampering called Spirit of cricket? IPL,ICL and ICC awards.I have boycotted all of them.and ICC is run by BCCI.End of.

Posted by xuberie on (October 2, 2009, 10:39 GMT)

Absolutely Ridiculous awards,, These awards are by no means can be called cricket world award,, as these awards are given only to Indian, Australian and english boards,, How can you left out South africans from test and ODI teams,, Grame smith is much better then Stupid Dhoni,, How can you give T20 award to Dilshan against Umar Gul, T20 is all about smashing cricket ball and if in this environment someone consistently taking wickets without giving away runs, he had two performances short listed and Dilshan had one,, Indian cricket board controls ICC and they have been depriving pakistani players from cricket but why worry, justice has been surved indians have insulted brutely :D and inshallah Pakistan will win ICC while india crashed out,, take all the awards india and keep on crashing out of big tournaments,,,

Posted by zee_rash on (October 2, 2009, 10:29 GMT)

This is called DISCRIMINATION... ICC is in the hands of 02 countries only and they are India and Australia...

Posted by Pundit1 on (October 2, 2009, 10:26 GMT)

Some absurd inclusions, surprised recipients, perplexed audience and disappointed fans. I think dats where the cricket as a game lost as the apex body endorsed a series of blunders and organized a grand ceremony to make it public. Further, these are not cheap movie awards; however, the above results makes it evident that these are no better either. Its better not to have any awards den to have and botch them up. Poor show by ICC and awards jury panel. A random dice game would have yielded better results.

Posted by osama94 on (October 2, 2009, 10:24 GMT)

Why shahid afridi is not included in One day team?

Posted by version1 on (October 2, 2009, 10:14 GMT)

Stuart Broad should not have been in the World Test team. He had a good Ashes series, thats it. He got lucky, nothing else. An Australia lost the Ashes becuase of thier incompetence. They were by far the best team.

Posted by shezan007 on (October 2, 2009, 10:09 GMT)

i think we shuld nt forget jayawardena 4 world test team.....em shocked peter sidle recieved the award of emerging player...lol.....it should be saeed ajmal......what a joke..........broad in world test team.......

Posted by mjs28 on (October 2, 2009, 10:03 GMT)

A true world class player would step up when it counts. Johnson had nothing against Eng when it counted. This is rubbish. Guptil? Im from NZ and am confused about that.

Posted by ya-zi-r on (October 2, 2009, 10:03 GMT)

wat ajoke...johnson being cricketer of the year....!!!!!!!!!?????????,i feel player of the year shud definitely hv performed in al three formats or atleast performed exceptionally well in both forms...,all becuase he scored a century in sa in a test match doest make hin the payer of the year..,he's taken only 28 wickets in 16 odi's..,and 80 wikets in 17 tests..hmmmmm well doesnt seem impressive huh..,!!!!! i think gambhir and dilshan hv performed well in all three formats than johnson.....!!!!!!!

Posted by 2W2s on (October 2, 2009, 9:59 GMT)

I must say that ICC is now become a sub division of BCCI. I think ICC is more keen for wealth and sponsors rather than to promote cricket in other parts of the world. ICC awards distribution ceremony 2009 , is very colorful, ICC ignored many good and talented players in ICC TEAM of the years like Muhammad Yousuf, Yunus Khan, Shahid Afridi etc. I think these Pakistani Players have potential to score many runs and face any type of attack in the world. Dhoni is good player but we can not be selected him as a Capt. of the ICC team of the year. I think if ICC includes 3 or 4 players even though performance of Indians are very average in it Team of the year you can easily judge that ICC is trying to satisfied Indians to gain more sponsors. I think ICC should revise its policy other than cricket stadiums will not cricket stadiums



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Posted by mr.cruizy on (October 2, 2009, 9:58 GMT)

johnson world player of the year? Dohni test+odi captan? dilshan prefered over afridi/gul? tendulkar+harbhajan+broad in test team? guptil+dohni+mendis in ODI team?? disgrace..total non-sense. i mean were the selectors DRUNK or watching some BOLLYWOOD dance queen dancing in SYDNEY? ( i hope i have covered up all the THREE MAJOR COUNTRIES i.e AUS, ENG and INDIA here).. i dont any other team needs to play cricket anymore if this has to be the case over n over again. why and what for should they play if they are not honoured for what they do and not even given a nominee place. you got to be kidding me. man oh man this thing is out of my mind i feel like hating cricket for the monopoly in the sport now. its so much there. why ENGLISH/INDIANS/AUSTRALLIANZ every single time ? why ? why not poor NZers, SAcans? SRkans? PKies? BDies? why not recognize ZIM players n give them confidnce+support? ICC = INTERNATIONAL CROOKED CONCIL.. the only fair selection here is GAMBHIR and ALEEM DAR thts all

Posted by apachiee_pk on (October 2, 2009, 9:48 GMT)

it is not necessary to boycott ICC awards, for the cricketing nations which are totally ignored by the ICC likes of South Africa & Pakistan, they R not playing for the awards or not for self, but are playing for the pride of their own countries & for the betterment of cricketing world, which is more important, really, for me it is great to have the best players playing for their nation pride as well as for cricket rather then for glamor world or for awards,it is not worthy to get award by cheating some other nations player.

Posted by SAJIL_KERALA on (October 2, 2009, 9:41 GMT)

The ICC awards are a disgrace, and I cannot agree with most of the award selection. Otherwise, I cannot see why a player like Dhoni is chosen as one day player of the year. According to Cricino article, Dhoni has scored 967 runs during the voting period @ an average of 60. However, they missed to point out that his high average is mainly due to high number of not outs. Further, he scored 109 not out against Hong Kong in last Asia cup (during the voting period) which also helped to inflate his average.

Posted by annup1984 on (October 2, 2009, 9:34 GMT)

to some one here cribbing why Dhoni in the team have a look at these links http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;keeper=1;orderby=runs;spanmax1=02+aug+2009;spanmin1=02+aug+2008;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting and http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;keeper=1;orderby=runs;spanmax1=02+aug+2009;spanmin1=02+aug+2008;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting. Make sure you compare keeping the number of matches played into consideration. As to why no Yousuf how many matches did his board allow him to play last year?? And as far as younus do you really think he was better than AB de Villiers to replace him as No.3??

Posted by Zeeshan_Muhammadi on (October 2, 2009, 9:24 GMT)

well....i guess the jury was competent and unbaised and took good decisions...but there are a couple of hoices on which i dont agree... in the world test team mohammad yousaf should have been selected inplace of micheal clarke or ab deviliers....

Posted by hassaanwarsi on (October 2, 2009, 9:15 GMT)

i dont think NZ deserved to win spirit of the year award..when Pakistan beat them at the T20 quarter finals, NZ went ahead and accused our bowlers (shahid afridi) of ball tampering. Is that cricketing spirit ? Neither is SL's sore attitude after defeat at the T20 finals. The only teams which do deserve to win this award are Pakistan and South Africa maybe. Anyhow awards dont matter to us as much as winning tournaments do and we all know how well Pakistan is faring in that department now. The awards a joke, everybody who takes cricket seriously knows it.

Posted by shakenbake on (October 2, 2009, 9:11 GMT)

OMG! What a joke, Stuart Broad in a world test team!?It really is LOL stuff!The guy averages 35+ in tests...hahahaha! Granted, these awards will never please everyone...but come on, Stuart Broad in a world test team. This carry on had zero credibility.

Posted by A_HTIMAN on (October 2, 2009, 9:10 GMT)

The ICC awards are given for the performance of the year and not in the last two months which is what everyone forget. That's why the names of Johnson Strauss and Dhoni appear. 4 Sri Lankans appear in ODI squad and SL's ranked 7th. A great example to mention how important is teamwork. There's certainly Sanga and Yousouf missing in test XI. anyway ICC should create an T20 XI too. Actually I can't understand what is Afridi's ODI performance other than a couple of sixes. Cricket is not hittiing the ball out of ground.

Posted by kal07 on (October 2, 2009, 9:09 GMT)

Yatin, you said:"I don't understand, as to why they have named the shot DILSCOOP, because the shot was actually started by one of the Zimbabwe players called DOUGLAS MARILLIER against ODI's with India in India."

Go back and see both the shots again if possible. They are very different. Dilshan bends his knee and plays it over his head while Marillier walked outside the off stump and flicked it behind while still standing.

cnkodda, you are wrong; Marillier invented the shot over keepers head. He was awesome that day against India.

Posted by rodox28 on (October 2, 2009, 9:07 GMT)

Maybe the ICC could get Duckworth and Lewis to come up with a formula to be used next yr? They cant do much worse than this and even if they do nobody would understand the explanation anyway!

Seriously, the ICC should look and all this criticism constructively and figure out a better way. At least for the sake of the previous winners because im sure those players would want to continue to display their trophys proudly!

Posted by NSadath on (October 2, 2009, 9:00 GMT)

I completely agree with nipun about his remark. I think Sakib was not fairly treated by the panel. why fleming to selected as panel member and i think because of him martin gaptil is selected in the world one day XI. yes dilshan was out standing in T20, but was he better than afridi. afridi himself won the T 20 world cup for Pakistan. i believe too anti pakistani attitude is going on in ICC. some are good choice like michel jonson. but many horrible one also.... sorry to say that.

Posted by lucyferr on (October 2, 2009, 8:57 GMT)

The awards do seem rather irrelevant with the lack of South Africans amongst the nominees. Kudos to the SA players for boycotting the gala.

Cricinfo should run its own polls for registered users each fortnight, use that to produce a pool of end-of-year finalists for a final vote. Of course, then we'd get only Indian winners since cricket fans are hopelessly biased and the Indians are the most numerous.

There should also be awards based strictly on statistics, with appropriate weightings based on the ranking of the opponents at the time of each match.

Posted by Uranium on (October 2, 2009, 8:55 GMT)

I like Johnson but I don't think he deserved to be cricketer of the year. To tell the truth I think he might have been a little embarrassed to receive the award, maybe feeling he didn't deserve it. And how the hell did Stuart Broad get into the test XI on the back of one good test in a whole year? But I don't agree that Sakib is so great yet, he performed well vs Zimbabwe and 4th string west Indies but what does that prove? Of course Pakistan does not feature they hardly played any cricket in the last year.

These award choices are farcical I must say and are being treated as such by the general public.

Posted by SirMac on (October 2, 2009, 8:44 GMT)

Sheesh, the panel selecting these world teams must have got nicely goofed before they put these teams together. Board in the Text XI? Prior to the Oval test he wasn't even a dead cert for the English XI, which says it all. SA have had a tremendous year, putting aside the CT and the 20/20 World Cup, so why are those so under represented? They can't seriously suggest that Struass is a better opener than Smith? Crazy. No Pakistan? One entry for NZ?

Posted by PatB on (October 2, 2009, 8:39 GMT)

I think Sangakara should be allowed to pick his own international ODI and Test XI made up of players not picked for the ICC awards teams, and then challenge them to a few matches. It would make for an awesome event and truely show us who is deserving. Maybe also tell Dhoni that he has to bat at 3, nowhere else. Just imagine Sanga, Smith, Parnell, Vettori etc taking these guys to the cleaners. Of course the ICC would never allow this all to happen. They don't like being embarrassed.

Posted by sulsinslough on (October 2, 2009, 8:23 GMT)

I'm sure the ICC will churn out the usual rubbish about the awards promotiong debate is a good thing.. but really mus tthey persist with this blinkered view of the cricket world. Dhoni is the worlds finest ODI cricketer? I really dont think so. Afridi and Parnell, Shakib... the list goes on. All ahead of Flintoff who is rarely plays well for a side that rarely plays well.

And Broad gets into the Test side on the back of one spell!!

Posted by Gazzypops on (October 2, 2009, 8:20 GMT)

Why are Strauss and Clarke in the World Test XI? Because they are both in the top three run scorers over the past 12 months - Clarke has scored over 1,400 @ 53.33 and Strauss over 1,300 @ 60.13. That's why. Strauss has also had an against-the-odds good year as captain. I don't get why Mitchell Johnson is player of the year: is gross inconsistency a major qualifying factor? And Stuart Broad? Maybe in four or five years time. No idea how Siddle got something either. Very Anglo-Australian (more Australian than Anglo, to be honest).

Posted by coatsie89 on (October 2, 2009, 8:17 GMT)

mmmm, Harbajhan in either of the 2 teams of the year??? what a joke! Where's James Anderson's mention? Marcus North even - he's played what 6 matches, 7 matches and can't stop scoring runs. As for the Younis Khan mention, scoring a triple hundred and nothing else all year doesn't constitute a nomination. How was Michael Clarke not a nominee for test player of the year? I think this needs to be opened up to the public to vote, but not allowed to vote for your own countrymen. I'm english and would happily see Afridi, Ajmal, Clarke in the mix.

Posted by Roamer on (October 2, 2009, 8:07 GMT)

Oh I forgo Siddle, emerging player of the year .... it seems ICC do know who is the player who will not last for more then year and they award him .... remember Irfan Pathan and Mendis were awarded earlier .... Irfan Pathan is already out and Mendis is on the verge too as Srilankans do not play him against Pakistan as he gets smashed against them and now they will not play him against newzealand too as his mystery will not remain forever. I think Duminy should have been the one, if not him then Saeed Ajmal should have been the one to get this award.

Posted by Junaid-khan on (October 2, 2009, 7:57 GMT)

Dont Worry Cricket Lovers ICC played thier Game to have such an unfair Awards like every year but still every1 appreciating those who have been neglected by ICC and no one praising the ones who got Awards thats such a huge embaressment for ICC and their unfair pannel. I mean its so simple if it wud be right then every1 sud be praising those who got Awards not to those who just left behind by ICC. A big Shame for a Game I wud say!

Posted by zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz on (October 2, 2009, 7:56 GMT)

all the awards are correct except cricketer of the year award. award has to go 2 gambhir rather than mitchel johnson. all other awards are accurate. ICC panel have made a good choice. player who hav performed this year should win the award.

Posted by apachiee_pk on (October 2, 2009, 7:54 GMT)

Very sorry to hear, the award winners some are fine but not the best choices, overall the panel decisions are quite unfair, particularly for South African & Pakistani players.It is ridiculous to c the standards of ICC which should be international cricket council rather then Indian cricket council, in my point of view Srilanka is the best team when it comes to the spirit of game, what they have done of cricket is far more compare to New Zealand, I think ICC ignored the event of Lahore, Srilanka toured Pakistan to promote cricket, & being a Pakistani myself I rate them very high, what achievements Pakistani team is getting is due to help of srilanka they helped us to realize wht we r.we always thank srilanka for their kind deeds, & they are the best sports men, within field, they are lacking in glamor unlike of Flintoff`s & petersen`s, Saqib al hassan should at least be in one day team too, Guptill could not even make in my club team...lollzzz... ICC selectors, I wish it could be better

Posted by sanath007 on (October 2, 2009, 7:51 GMT)



Posted by Roamer on (October 2, 2009, 7:51 GMT)

Amazing the bowler who was totally out of sorts and was about to be dropped in the Ashes has been names as player of the year ?!?! Shahid Afridi won the tournament for his team in T20 semifinal as well as final and guess what he is not the one awarded ?!?! Even UmerGul in the batsmen dominated T20 gave a much better performance with the bowl, he has also been ignored ?!?! Flintoff and KP in the team? for doing what? maybe because they spent most of the time as injured .... guess on this basis Sehwag needs to be player of the year as he spent most of the year as injured too ?!?! ICC please stop acting like a joke ...... rightly pointed out be Southafrican board either a player has to play ashes or be part of Indian team ..... this is the only way they can get awarded by ICC !!!

Posted by passionsatish on (October 2, 2009, 7:48 GMT)

I think Simon Taufel should get the umpire of the year award...Aleem Dar is a good umpire but but Simon Taufel is better than him...

Posted by Daiya on (October 2, 2009, 7:41 GMT)

hmmm for those of you who saw the VMA's and watched Kanye speak his mind about Taylor Swift, think what he would have said if he was a cricket fan lol...For some reason the ICC has never been a fan of Kumar Sanga, they have always over looked him for the test team, if I am not mistaken sometime back they preferred Boucher over Sanga...no offense to Stuart Broad but compared to some of the other Bowlers in Test cricket he is Rubbish...I say BOWLER because it is obvious that he will have to play as a bowler cause there are only 4 of em in this team. I bet any team will be able to score 400 + against this bowling attack...just need to survive Stynes first spell and play hasan well and then the world xi will crumble without options. Why is the Test team so Batting heavy????? Is it really necessary to have 6 batsmen a wk batsman and 2 all rounders???

Posted by Gerontius on (October 2, 2009, 7:38 GMT)

Dhoni has been picked in the Test side as a wicket keeper-batsman. So suggesting that G Smith, or Younis Khan should replace him is ridiculous. Sangakkara does not keep in tests for Sri Lanka - since July 2006 he has kept for just one match, so he also cannot be considered. Dhoni has batted and kept better than any other contender for the Wicket Keeper spot, and his selection is not due to any partiality.

Posted by SaifQazi on (October 2, 2009, 7:37 GMT)

well from the very outset these awards looked a mockery of cricket esp considerin the fact that there was no South African player in the nomination to start wid...

beside that, Indian captain to lead both formats of the World XI... i think i will choose Dhoni as my captain only if sum1 could guarantee me abt the toss bein in Dhoni's favour, coz thats how good it has been... Harbhajan bein considered as a top spinner over the period mentioned itself raises alot of qs coz u dont award them on the basis of averages bt there r otha objectives also.. n u shudnt have injured players ne way, esp considerin that they wont be playin till early next yr..

i think so now is the time for ICC to let us know on wat criteria they select n award cricketers... Cricinfo has becum the platform where the game is not only promoted bt has becum a basis for a common to have his say abt it..

Posted by Thenextbigbird on (October 2, 2009, 7:31 GMT)

Stuart Broad in the test XI??? Andrew Strauss nomination for player of the year??? and Younis Khan makes a triple century and doesnt get in the test XI? and i dont get it...Shakib is ranked as the #1 odi all rounder in the world?? yet, he can't make the XI

South africans very unlucky, as players like Grahem Smith, Paul Harris and J.P Duminy have had career best seasons.

These awards deserve no respect what so ever

Posted by waseemsarwar on (October 2, 2009, 7:30 GMT)

dhoni in test team? where is Sangakara? younus? yousuf? i think insteed of including dhoni in test, u should include a night watchman. now a days, performance never matters, u have to belong to INDIA to get all these awards. Spirit of cricket , the only team which deserves that is Sri Lanka. i think all the readers of CRICINFO would have picked much better sides than current.

Posted by A_Ikram on (October 2, 2009, 7:26 GMT)

ooo......wao what a great selection no pakistani team player .pakistan win T20 world cup and icc Didnt monitor their performance . gud to see "ALEEM DAR" got Umpire of the year award. but Y only australians and indians are on the top.

Posted by ZAQS on (October 2, 2009, 7:14 GMT)

Fair enough what happened is happened...Why not ICC do like other sports do make the nominations and put a system where people can vote the for the best depending on their performances this way everyone will be happy. After all these players do perform for the fans and country and it will be fair for everyone I guess

Posted by Nipun on (October 2, 2009, 7:11 GMT)

The selection panel consisted of some real good players in Kumble,Fleming,& such.I wonder what on earth were they up to to come up with such grossly horrific selections.& yes,Shahid Afridi,by all accounts,deserved the international T20 performance of the year.MS Dhoni might have been the best choice for the cricketer of the year,but Sakib should most definitely have been in the shortlist.Peter Siddle for the emerging player of the year?I mean,there must be a limit for all these awful jokes.& yes,there's no way it can be a 50-50 choice between Flintoff & Sakib as the ODI allrounder.NO WAY ON EARTH.Check out what the no.1 allrounder in the game has done throughout the period considered,& Sakib is more than an automatic selection for both forms of the game.

Posted by A_Ikram on (October 2, 2009, 7:08 GMT)

ooo......wao what a great selection no pakistani team player .pakistan win T20 world cup and icc Didnt monitor their performance . gud to see "ALEEM DAR" got Umpire of the year award. but Y only australians and indians are on the top.

Posted by criz84 on (October 2, 2009, 7:08 GMT)

Peter Siddle getting award I think Parnell deserved it more then any 1 and what does ICC stand for Indian Cricket Council, come alive these awards are just disgrace I think the awards should be boycotted by countries other then India, Australia and England because that is the only criteria to get nominated, rightly put by South African cricket board that you got to play ashes forget about performances or any which u achieved if you don't play ashes you don't qualify and Australia and England only plays Ashes.

Posted by Ravernp on (October 2, 2009, 7:07 GMT)

Sakib is better player than Johnson, but what a funny Johnson has cricketer of the year. For information look details of sakiba and Johnson. What a funny nomination and winners.

Posted by sal485 on (October 2, 2009, 7:06 GMT)

These awards are worst exmple being set .To include the players on the basis of Politics of BCCI , ICC rather than performance. Examples like Dhoni, sehwag, broad ,Mitchle jonson, peter siddle with average of 28 and guptil and so on. Players like sangakara, umar gul, shahid afridi ,saeed ajmal have been denied despite there performance. Team like india which got knocked out in first round in ICC worldcup 2007, ICC champions trophy 2009 and ICC t20 world cup , how could their players and captain get all top awards. Answer is due to ICC being taken over by BCCI.

Posted by Wasantha-UOM on (October 2, 2009, 7:04 GMT)

I think it is better to add Murali in World Test team rather than Harbajan Singh and what about the no 1 ICC test player of the year, Sanagakkara. It is a surprise that he is not having a place in the World Test Team. On the other hand I think ICC player of the year should go to MS Dhoni, he is the player who dominating the world cricket in last few years. I was shocked to hear that Mitch is the ICC player of the year even though they lost Ashes.

Posted by waseemsarwar on (October 2, 2009, 7:03 GMT)

Every thing can be overlooked but how can some one bowl reverse swing after 12 overs to claim 5/6 in 4 overs? its totally batsmen game but i m afraid u have to appreciate bowlers like umar gull . dilshan was supurb but i m sooooooooo much despointed for umar gull. i thought he had bowled that spell which may not be repeat at least in near future. come on ICC give some credit to bowlers as well.

Posted by hamza1982 on (October 2, 2009, 7:02 GMT)

These awards are beyond a joke...it seems unless you play an ashes series or the BCCI are in charge of you, your not gonna get a look in...why are Tendulkar, Strauss, Dhoni,Clarke, Harbajan,Johnson in the world Test II??and why is Flintoff in the ODI II hes hardly pleyed over the last 2-3 years?...and WHAT IS BROAD DOING THERE HES RUBBISH??!!This is a joke...id like to see what acclaim Younis Khan is gonna get for his captaincy next year, or Afridis ODI/2020 performances over the last couple of years, or Mohammed Amir or Umar Akmal as a emerging player, or Saeed Ajmal?When Mohammed Asif was firing on all cylinders between 2005-2007 what awards did he get?nothing...but I suppose Siddle is the emerging force in cricket..RUBBISH...what did Mohammed Yousuf get for breaking Viv Richards 20 year record for the most test runs in a calender year?nothing....THIS IS A JOKE!

Posted by tashichem on (October 2, 2009, 6:56 GMT)

surprised to don't have Younis Khan in the test team, he is top three for quite some time now? how these decision are made for the test team of the year?

Posted by dpkhbk on (October 2, 2009, 6:50 GMT)

i can accept everything else but the award given to dhoni is unacceptable.he is the most selfish player in the world .he will come to bat at 3 if the openers have put up a good stand otherwise if the wicket falls early he goes and hides at 5 and six. always chooses the easiest position to bat and these cheap commentators keep on praising him for having a "calm" head.when others are scoring at a strike rate of well over a hundred to win the match he will be playing selfishly for himself(different from dravid bcos he always comes at 3 tough conditions or not unlike dhoni).the youngsters like raina and sharma have always have to do the tough jobs and that has hit their confidence very badly.dhoni should not be even be in theteam bcos karthik is a better keeper and batsman than him

Posted by cnkodda on (October 2, 2009, 6:47 GMT)

Yatin)...i think the scoop shot was first played by murali but not successfully as Dilshan....about this awards,this is bullshit...south africans are very unlucky as are the others who deserved much more than who actually got the awards(Specially thilan samaraweera who was very successful, then got badly wounded in the lahore attack and yet after his recovery he played some good test innings...who is gambhir when compared to thilan)...this should not be named as ICC awards...a big joke...shame on ICC....

Posted by Babu2288 on (October 2, 2009, 6:44 GMT)

Dhoni captain? You are joking. He promotes himself to bat 1 down, when the openers give a flying start in ODIs.The game against Pak in CT was where he should have come in 1 down & won the match for India, if he thinks he is the only one capable. This is cowardice. He has scored a lot of runs last 3 years, but to what good? When was the last time his knock carried India to victory? And why bowl in an ODI? He is not a great keeper either. Re. selection, he just seems to be intent on playing with only those players that he thinks are good for the day. He isn't bothered about building a future team. Younis has said that he would like to be remembered as a captain who has built a strong team. That's the way. As a captain he keeps playing useless guys like Yusuf Pathan, but fails to encourage players who have shown a lot of promise, like Irfan Pathan.The less said about treatment to Kaif or Bhadrinath, the better. In future we need them after the big guys go. Dhoni's luck has run out too.

Posted by orlurmsana on (October 2, 2009, 6:36 GMT)

ICC is heavily dependent upon India & Australia. This is evident from the clearly biased awards in favour of these two countries. I don't know what's the fault of remaining countries?

Posted by the_giblet on (October 2, 2009, 6:35 GMT)

I think a few of you outraged by the team selections should do a little homework - do a statsguru search of the period in question (Aug 13 '08 - Aug 24 '09) and you'll see that mostly their selections were fair enough - that's the case for the ODI team anyway (haven't checked the test team). And of course stats don't mean everything, but they're assessing not on career reputation (or who's been impressive at the champions trophy), but on performance during that one-year period - hence stats are going to play a huge role. As a NZer, I would love to say Vettori deserves to be in the ODI team (as others have said), but frankly speaking 11 wickets @ 47 doesn't really cut it. Neither Ajmal with 10 wickets @ 45. And Flintoff, much as I despise him, performed pretty solidly thru the period (38 with the bat, 20 with the ball) - it's a real 50/50 call between him and Shakib. Though I will say they got it wrong by including Pietersen and leaving out Chanderpaul (and Hussey) from the ODI team.

Posted by zatalib on (October 2, 2009, 6:34 GMT)

Do you hear Guys!!!! MS DHONI is the captain of world eleven. lols ICC awards are definitly losing RESPECT in all circles...... Other nominations are also funny

Posted by Msm_syl on (October 2, 2009, 6:33 GMT)

This is J Masum from Bangladesh.

M Johnson, G Gambeer & MS Dhoni are okay, but S Afridi should be honoured by T20 Performance of the Year. He deserves it. He showed two impressive performance in T20 World Cup '09 semi-final & final what, I think, is rear to see; with both bat & ball.

And the ODI & Test team, the joke of the year.

In Test, I MS Dhoni isn't fit for captaincy while, I think, G Smith A Strauss even M Clarke could be better. Even I think MS Dhoni doesn't deserve his place in test side while K Sangakkara, G Smith, Younis Khan are out. D Vettori could be better choice then SA Hasan.

In ODI team, A Mendis & A Flintof found ther place!!! A player, SA Hasan, the top ODI allrounder isn't in ODI team!SA Hasan would be far better than A Mendis & A Flintof. M Guptil is in ODI team while JP Duminy & R Taylor are out!

There is criticism always, but it exceeds the boundary this year. The panell should be more sincere.

Posted by shigri on (October 2, 2009, 6:31 GMT)

I think its totaly bad decisions taken by ICC. ICC must be gave the award to Umar Gull for his megical performance against Newzeland & he is still higest wicket taker bowoler in 20Twenty. Its totaly unfair decision.Ok the choose good player who have good name in cricket but the previous year performance it not enough to choose for this award. I think Gautam, Jonson & Dar only the man who deserve that award.

Posted by Kherani on (October 2, 2009, 6:28 GMT)

SRI LANKA should has been awarded as the 'Spirit of Cricket"..... And where is Sangakara (SL) ? If ODI & Test team require a W.Keeper Skipper Sangakara would be the best choice rather than MS.Dhoni. May i ask what is the criteria to make ODI & Test eleven? Finally Aleem Dar got his hands on Umpire award...this is something pleasent about the ceremony. Afridi & Umer Gul was the sturdy competitor but Dilshan is not a bad choice. Harbhajan ( 12th man ) is the best place for him bcoz Saeed Ajmal or Vettori should have been in the side instead of Mendis.

Posted by yasir2008 on (October 2, 2009, 6:25 GMT)

This award really is a joke with team Pakistan & South Africa. Where is Kallis? Where is Afridi? the super hero of T20 world cup. What about Murlitharan, vettori & Saeed Ajmal? I can't understand the selection criteria of selectors. Only Gambhir choice is a right one but no other selection seem impressive from selectors.

Posted by Snowbro on (October 2, 2009, 6:13 GMT)

Happy with Johnson,Dilshan,gambir,but van der merwe should be new player,or Duminy, pakistan should get spirit,esspecially with all the isolation,and what team would not have smith in it?

Posted by Panadol on (October 2, 2009, 6:11 GMT)

This has to be the weakest Test team in the world.... no murli, no ponting, no smith, no flintoff, no Yousuf... c'mon guys who you kidding... or more importantly who you pleasing?

Posted by SIREN6800 on (October 2, 2009, 6:08 GMT)

Its a bad day ...its a sad day.As it won,t be much longer that beauty of this gentlemen game would be destroyed through the factors of nepotisim and politics.Its not fair with players of smaller countries.You can cheat them from awards but would never be able to take away their performance. Four awards for India........ for what? not even qualified for semis in t-20 and icc championship. Award for captincy........of coursefor losing both these tournament gracefully.

Posted by amininayat on (October 2, 2009, 6:08 GMT)

Thats Really good news that Aleem Dar receive Umpire of the year awrd which means monopoly of Simon Taufel's ended ....... well done Aleem Dar Keep it Up..... but That is really unfair with pakistani players such as Afridi and Umer Gul...... they try there best to win the T20 world Cup.... and they are trying best in South africa....... hopefully ICC should monitor there performances and should motivate them....

Posted by cleviathan on (October 2, 2009, 6:05 GMT)

Both those teams do my head in. I must be watching cricket on another planet that looks identical to Earth. My grandmother could score a century against Stuart Broad, and they rate him as one of the best test bowlers. Farcical!

Posted by devilz_team on (October 2, 2009, 5:49 GMT)

no saeed ajmal in Emerging player category no afridi or umar gul in T20 category peter siddle...seriously? with av of 28? lolzzzz@ICC

Posted by boshiko on (October 2, 2009, 5:49 GMT)

gambhir should have won cricketer of the year award instead of johnson

Posted by luckyamjadali on (October 2, 2009, 5:44 GMT)

I am surprised to read about these awards and their respective winners... PAKISTAN is world T20 champion and non of its player was able to get any award in T20 category. ICC's biased decisions and BCCIs increasing dominance on ICC is seriously effecting the true spirit of international cricket. Non of Pakistani player was considered to be a part of World Test Team and similarly only Umar Gul was considered to be in World ODI XI. I don't know how painfully they accepted Umar to be in. Where's Afridi the Semi and Final match winner.... Umar Gul the best World T20 bowler and Saeed Ajmal the brilliant??? Shame on these awards..............................................!

Posted by DamithPathirana on (October 2, 2009, 5:40 GMT)

Hey yo look at the following statistics. Its about the ICC test player rankings. ICC has named the World test team & named Gambhir as the "Test player". But open your eyes much widely and see there is another one in front of him. Very much in front of him. SL legend Sangakkara is a class act. I cant see Gautham is even closer player to him. (infact he has 12 point less than him)

K.Sangakkara 1 859 Gautam Gambhir 2 847 M. Jayawardena 3 830 S.Chanderpaul 4 821 Mohd. Yousuf 5 818

Posted by Wasman on (October 2, 2009, 5:40 GMT)

Vettori, Sangakara and Saeed Ajmal should be included in the ODI squad.

Posted by leggetinoz on (October 2, 2009, 5:40 GMT)

I think even Mitch is surprised he won that award but he'll take it. Like everyopne has said the team selections leave a lot to be decided. Also, maybe it is because as i live in Australia i don't see that much of him, but what is so special about Dhoni? I think it doesn't matter what he does, people will just praise him like he is the greatest player of all time. I am yet to hear of anything truly special he has done in either form of the game. Smith is a better captain and batsmen.

Posted by boris6491 on (October 2, 2009, 5:39 GMT)

I am an Australian and a fan of Johnson, I just want to establish that. But honestly, I am questioning the decision to make him the ICC cricketer of the year. Thats to say he has been the BEST cricketer this year in his chosen field. Sorry, he hasnt. Johnson has been ridiculously superficially hyped the same way as Andrew Flintoff has his entire career (when in actuality, he is an average player). Johnson has the potential but again, I just feel this has been made on the judgement of ONE series ( which is exactly the same way Flintoff has been judged, on the basis of one series). Thats not how this award should be judged. Johnson has the potential to reach this level, but hes not there yet. He has been consistent but not unbelievably amazing. Had he performed in the Ashes, this may have been merited but his dismal show really takes the gloss and credibility out of the award. The nominees I feel werent the best but under the circumstances, I think Gambhir would have been the best choice

Posted by luckyamjadali on (October 2, 2009, 5:35 GMT)

I am surprised to read about these awards and their respective winners... PAKISTAN is world T20 champion and non of its player was able to get any award in T20 category. ICC's biased decisions and BCCIs increasing dominance on ICC is seriously effecting the true spirit of international cricket. Non of Pakistani player was considered to be a part of World Test Team and similarly only Umar Gul was considered to be in World ODI XI. I don't know how painfully they accepted Umar to be in. Where's Afridi the Semi and Final match winner.... Umar Gul the best World T20 bowler and Saeed Ajmal the brilliant??? Shame on these awards..............................................!

Posted by Daiya on (October 2, 2009, 5:31 GMT)

What makes Dhoni the captain of the test team? In my opinion he should not even be in the test team. He has contributed only 544 runs in the past 12 months Younis scored more than half that in a single innings. These awards should be re-named INDIA, AUS, ENG and who ever is left over.....geeze even if u look at the nominations u will find that no matter who won the probability was that it would go to ENG, AUS or INDIA. Its even funnier that Mendis is in the world odi XI when he has been dropped from SL in the past year and was lucky to even be on tour (although he bowled well his previous series have been very ordinary) i doubt he would have been picked for the squad if all the teams had played him before

Posted by MushiKhan on (October 2, 2009, 5:31 GMT)

All Bulshit...................

Posted by Brendanvio on (October 2, 2009, 5:22 GMT)

Realistically, AB De Villiers should have been ICC Player of the Year. I don't think any player has had the sustained success he has had over the past year or so in ALL formats.

Johnson did have a good year, but he did flounder in England. He should still be in the test team of the year. How Graeme Smith is left out is a mystery, or Jacques Kallis the world's best all-rounder.

And Stuart Broad? Joke. Was anyone watching the last year of test cricket closely?

I don't think Gambhir should have been Test player of the year. I certainly don't think he is a better player than Smith. He did deserve to make the best Test XI though. Smith should have been in ahead of Strauss.

Posted by v-unified on (October 2, 2009, 5:19 GMT)

Why the hell is Vettori not in either of those teams???????

Posted by Ravernp on (October 2, 2009, 5:16 GMT)

No, i am not satisfied of all these, this award is truely monopoly, it seems only indian, australian and english are cricket player other are substititute player, look the carrear status betwwen Mithchell Johnson and Sakib al Hasn. Johnson 26 test 30average, 799 runs, 48 wickets, 65 odi 14.3average, 329 runs and 100 wickets, in respect sakib has 14test 29.75 average, 715 runs, 48 wicket, 70 odi, 34average, 1904runs, 76 wickets, and a joke is johnson has cricketer of the year and other has just in XI what a funny the real thing is one is australian one is of bangladesh.

Posted by ChariAra on (October 2, 2009, 4:55 GMT)

I think this awards are realy shame for CRICKET as it is bais to some countries.. Dilshan should be the cricketer of the year as he perform realy well in the every aspect of the cricket n where is the great Murali are they miss him. and i also belive that Southh africns should deserve more for there performance... What doni can do with Test team captancy.. r they miss sanga who has kept the No1 test player spot for long time. I think all this awrds should consider again.

Posted by randy_cmb on (October 2, 2009, 4:49 GMT)

this is realy a joke team more or less...because flintoff and KP hardly played a ODI because of their so cald injuries...i wonder why sangakkara didnt get a place in the test team ahead of MS Dhoni because alltho he has done well in ODI format he hasnt been successful in test format..and iam shocked when he was given the captancy as well..i think this is done by the ICC to keep their good relationship with the indian cricket brd,more than anything else....for the ICC only ashes seems to be the only test series that they take into consideration..it is realy dissapointing..

Posted by OmarBK on (October 2, 2009, 4:41 GMT)

This is apalling... Stuart Broad in the World Test team. This is outrageous, and it only undermines the integrity of these awards. Flintoff in the ODI team... beats a discerning cricket follower. Sponsorship is a big deal these days, and since most of it comes from India... its taking its toll in every aspect of the game. Dhoni is probably the right choice for ODI captaincy, but for Tests hes not. And Siddle is nowhere near some of the "actually" emerging players from South africa (Parnell) and Pakistan. Someone has rightly pointed out earlier, that these awards are merely held to appease India, the Severly and eternally under-performing England, and Australia. SouthAfricans were right when they were outraged by the nominations.

Posted by shahid21 on (October 2, 2009, 4:39 GMT)

i think shakib-al-hasan should be in ODI side....becoz he is the best alrounder in the world sri-lanka should win the spirit awerd......... ms dhoni was'nt good choice for test team........i think musfiqur rahim should be in test team........ thank u

Posted by gladsn on (October 2, 2009, 4:36 GMT)

Kiwis really deserve to have crowned with the Spiit of Cricket award. Their spirit is evident as they play. Well done Vettory & Company.. Congrats. Others please learn from them..

Posted by FreeVoice on (October 2, 2009, 4:26 GMT)

No logical criterion for giving awards, any body could rate Umer Gul's bowling performce 5 wickets for 6 runs over Dilshan's 98 runs. No doubt Dislshan was consistent in Batting but Umer Gul doing better in the Bowling. In fact Gul and Afridi have been consistent in T20 internationals more than any other player.

Posted by zub_333 on (October 2, 2009, 4:24 GMT)

well.. thats poor selection.. muhammad yousaf.. kallis and sangakkara deserves in test side...in one dayz saeed ajmal and vettori should be included

Posted by cricbytes on (October 2, 2009, 4:22 GMT)

Well again a list of non performers. Only Gambhir , Johnson in players and Dar in umpires is a good choice. Other than that i think there is a lot to be changed. Like the rankings have changed. Australia are no longer consistent performers. South Africa should have more players in the list. Also the test and ODI teams, what the hell those are and what methods used by selectors. Its simply not good. Just to make these awards more meaning full and prestigious they have to be more competent in there selections. And about the spirit of Cricket, how many times NZ team raised concerns for Spirit of the game last year and still they are Spirit of Cricket. Simply madness.

Posted by faisalj on (October 2, 2009, 4:21 GMT)

I wonder who was picking the teams may be someone in charge of managing hockey affairs. At the risk of sounding biased how can you leave someone like Younis Khan out of a test team? And on what grounds do you appoint Dhoni as the captain of a test team that represents (or ostensibly strives) to present the best test cricketers in the world? Also considering that Shakib al Hasan is more of a batting allrounder you are going to play a test with no front line spinner in the first eleven. Aslo where is Chaderpaul in the test side? Speaks volumes of the cricket understanding of cricket's governing body. Coming to the one day squad Guptill?!! Decent player and no offence but you leave out players like Gamnbhir, Mohammad Yousuf, Suresh Raina, Shoaib Malik, Bravo, Sangakara, Jaywardene, Vettori, Taylor and many others that come to mind and prefer Guptill! I understand that not everyone can be included-yet there has to be some logic to it. Pretty weak selection to put it mildly.

Posted by b4u8me2 on (October 2, 2009, 4:21 GMT)

And to think that Chanderpaul who was nominated as one day player of the year solely for his batting could not make the team as a batsman over Guptill.............how silly is that?

Posted by chandau on (October 2, 2009, 4:13 GMT)

This just shows how difficult the selection process is. I mean a Test team without Murali THE GREATEST BOWLER OF ALL TIMES!!! Then Guptil in the ODI team when Ross Taylor or JP Duminy would have been a better choice or even Bravo, which would give the team bowling depth. Then again this is ICC choosing !!!

Posted by Nipun on (October 2, 2009, 4:07 GMT)

Flintoff in the ODI team of the year ahead of Sakib ? Oh I see,Flintoff had scored 2 50s against SA once upon a time in 2008 !!! & yes,sorry I forgot,he also took 5 wickets against the Worst Indies once !!! So he is in !!! So what that Sakib has been the leading ODI allrounder throughout the entire 2009,isn't it ??? Pietersen must be in any team selected by the ICC;after all,he is an English & a quite successful one.The International Clueless Council is so overwhelmed by the thought of a successful English cricketer(since there are negligible)that Pietersen is kept on being drafted irrespective of his performances.If only I was an English/Australian,even I could have been in line for a ICC award......sigh.

Posted by prabwal on (October 2, 2009, 3:53 GMT)

Broad and Harbhajan (12th man) in the test eleven ? Are you joking ? Ajantha mendis, Flintoff ? They are quality players but what did they really do last season to deserve their places ?I think Shakib deserved a place in the one day team as well.I would have chosen Afridi/Kallis ahead of Flintoff as well...Even Ajmal, Botha,Vettori were far better than Mendis last season.

Posted by naeem084 on (October 2, 2009, 3:45 GMT)

this awar simply called a joke specially with sauth africa and pakistan... and i believe that pakistan's shahid afridi or umar gull must be given award as twoenty 20 player as they both perform very well in world cup and make thiere country a champion and both younus and yousuf must given place in test team rather then AB de Villiers (South Africa) and MS Dhoni (India, capt & wk), there must be given names of sauth africe in oneday team

Posted by ZSBD on (October 2, 2009, 3:45 GMT)

As one of our friends said the awards to be the Joke of the Year, I would like to make a correction in it. It is indeed the Joke of the Century!!! A player who has been topping the ODI allrounders list for most of the year has not been considered for a single award. How can we forget him? And he has been chosen for the Test Team of the Year!!!

Posted by popcorn on (October 2, 2009, 3:30 GMT)

The ICC Awards are a farce.Not a single South African? Who would ever want to play under Dhoni when there are far better Captains - Ricky Ponting, Graeme smith, Andrew Strauss. Lousy panel.

Posted by brsw on (October 2, 2009, 3:09 GMT)

ok, somewhat bias to the indians and the english,wat has flintoff done to be in the odi team of the year????n sarwan not in the test team,even after very consistent performances.

Posted by Matt23 on (October 2, 2009, 2:30 GMT)

vettori should be in both those teams

Posted by DeAmO on (October 2, 2009, 2:21 GMT)

I think SRI LANKA deserved the 'Spirit of Cricket" award. Its sad to me that an incident fresh in their memory of the judges (from just 3 days ago) would have been the highlight for NZ. Indeed it was honorable from Vettori. But are we to pretend LAHORE never happened? Or was it just too long ago?? Sri Lanka toured Pakistan when no other team would, and nearly paid the ultimate price. In spite all the trauma it was truly emotional to see both sides (Sri Lanka and Pakistan) standing together rather than standing separately for their respective anthems at their first meeting at the ICC T20 WC in england. THAT for me folks, is the "SPIRIT OF CRICKET"!!!!

Posted by Great.Cricketer on (October 2, 2009, 1:00 GMT)

It seems to me only India , Australia and England are playing cricket nowadays. How many triple century scored in whole cricket history, Younus khan should be deserve to be in test squad and Greame Smith should be captain for both test and ODI squad . Whoever select these world ODI team of the year , just have a look ODI ranking how South Africa won most ODI in the year but not any single South African player deserve to make spot in that world ODI team. I just say say "This awards is nothing but only the good joke ".

Posted by Yatin on (October 2, 2009, 0:00 GMT)

I don't understand, as to why they have named the shot DILSCOOP, because the shot was actually started by one of the Zimbabwe players called DOUGLAS MARILLIER against ODI's with India in India.

Posted by Legend_awakes on (October 1, 2009, 23:07 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal should have been in WORLD ODI Team of the year rather than Ajantha Mendis

Posted by kam_cric on (October 1, 2009, 22:52 GMT)

what rubbish!! Not one name from the World T20 champions and possibly the ICC Champions. Where's Afridi? Gul? Muhammed Amer and others.

Posted by Kiwi-Avenger on (October 1, 2009, 22:22 GMT)

That test team is a joke. Stuart Broad and Mitchell Johnson should not be within 1 mile of this group. The ICC's love affair with the ashes is unrelenting, any mild success in that serries is seen as world leading. 50 runs becomes 100 in their eyes it seems.

And when will people realise that Flintoff is DONE. He is all used up.

It is clear to me that these teas would be excellent, but would get blown away by a TRUE world XI

Posted by CumOn on (October 1, 2009, 22:19 GMT)

These awards are better be called Joke of the Year 2009/10... The best team in ODIs and tests last year namely Proteas who beat England and Australia away and won 7 out of 10 ODIs against Aussies could only manage 2 players in the test side and none of 'em in the ODI side. Shakib al hasan has been leading the ODI all-rounders list for some time now and he has been placed in the test side.... Dhoni's selection as captain of the ODI team is acceptable, but he must not be the part of the test team. He hasn't got any century during the whole last year and improved his average by remaining not out. Really hilarious and pathetic selection . . .

Posted by ayusuf338 on (October 1, 2009, 22:08 GMT)

This list is a sham -- the balance in the Test team is pathetic. Players have been chosen simply in terms of their stats, not in terms of being the best in the positions they play in. Broad ahead of Anderson, among other candidates, is just pathetic. Sangakkara is a very strong rival for the wicketkeeper's spot as well, given the balance of this team. One could also make a strong case for Vettori. Similarly,there have been much superior contenders in the ODI team -- Afridi before Flintoff, any day. Guptill is useless in the balance, and should have been replaced by a fast bowler/all-rounder.

Posted by CricFan133 on (October 1, 2009, 21:55 GMT)

Overall pretty good choices, but I don't agree with the T20 player of the year. It should have been Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, hands down !!

Posted by Sidhanta-Patnaik on (October 1, 2009, 21:07 GMT)

World Cricket Comes Together. Feels Happy To Read This

Posted by yuvi07 on (October 1, 2009, 20:47 GMT)

Flintoff, Guptill and Gayle did not deserve to get in, they did nothing in this year to be in the odi team of the year - flintoff averages 31.00 with the ball and a mere 16.00 with a bat.

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