Amla, Zaheer, Watson nominated for top ICC awards
Zaheer Khan, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Shane Watson, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann have been nominated in each of the three top categories for the ICC's annual awards. The six players feature in the long-list of nominees for the Cricketer of the year, Test player of the year and ODI player of the year awards. In addition, there are 11 players who have been nominated in at least two categories.
The long-lists were put together by a five-man selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC cricket committee, Clive Lloyd. The other members of the panel were Mike Gatting, Danny Morrison, Paul Adams and Zaheer Abbas. The players were selected based on their performances between August 11, 2010 and August 2, 2011, a period that includes the ICC World Cup.
The winners of the individual player awards will be picked by "an academy of 25 cricket personalities" that includes a number of former players, representatives from the elite umpires panel, ICC match referees and members of the media.
This year's awards include 10 individual prizes, including the people's choice award that will be decided by cricket fans online, and three team awards: the Test and ODI teams of the year and the award to the side that has adhered most to the spirit of cricket. The awards ceremony will be held in London on September 12
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the awards are "a chance to look back on some of the great cricketing feats witnessed in the past year, including from our flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup".
Cricketer of the year: Hashim Amla, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kumar Sangakkara, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann, Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson
Test player of the year: Hashim Amla, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kevin Pietersen, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann, Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson
ODI player of the year: Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Hafeez, Mahela Jayawardene, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Saeed Ajmal, Shakib Al Hasan, Kumar Sangakkara, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Tim Southee, Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson
Women's cricketer of the year: Cri-zelda Britz, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Charlotte Edwards, Shandre Fritz, Jhulan Goswami, Lydia Greenway, Bismah Maroof, Laura Marsh, Sara McGlashan, Anisa Mohammed, Shelley Nitschke, Leah Poulton, Poonam Raut, Stafanie Taylor
Emerging player of the year: Adnan Akmal, Azhar Ali, Hamish Bennett, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Colin Ingram, Abhinav Mukund, Wahab Riaz, Kane Williamson
Associate and Affiliate player of the year: Saqib Ali, Ashish Bagai, George Dockrell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Hamid Hassan, Nawroz Mangal, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Mohammad Shahzad, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson
Twenty20 international performance of the year: CJ Chibhabha 52 runs v South Africa, GC Smith 58 runs v Zimbabwe, JP Duminy 96* v Zimbabwe, SR Watson 59 v England, TT Bresnan 4 for 3 v Pakistan, TG Southee 5 for 18 v Pakistan, SA Fritz 116* v Netherlands Women
Umpire of the year: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Kumar Dharmasena, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Kettleborough, Asad Rauf, Simon Taufel, Rod Tucker
People's choice award: MS Dhoni, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Jonathan Trott, Hashim Amla