ICC news August 26, 2011

England dominate ICC Test team of the year

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Five English cricketers were named in the ICC's Test team of the year, reflecting England's rise to the No. 1 spot, achieved during their 4-0 whitewash of India earlier this month. Two batsmen, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, and three bowlers, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson, made the XI, but there was no place for Ian Bell despite his averaging 89.50 and making four hundreds during the qualifying period from August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011.

Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, made the team for the fourth straight year, while Sachin Tendulkar was named to the team for the third consecutive year. Three South Africa batsmen, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis, plus Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka captain, made up the rest of the XI, while India fast bowler Zaheer Khan was named 12th man. Sangakkara was named captain and wicketkeeper, though he no longer performs either role for Sri Lanka in Tests.

"While selecting the squad, the selectors didn't rely only on statistics only, but took into account all other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation etc," Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain and chairman of the ICC Awards selection panel, said in a release. "But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out. In the panel's expert opinion, it has selected the best team based on performances over the past 12 months."

The ICC also released the short-list for its annual awards and Tendulkar will have a chance to repeat as Cricketer of the Year award but will have to fend off challenges from Amla, and the England pair of Cook and Trott to do so. Tendulkar wasn't quite as prolific as last year, but still managed to score 973 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 64.86 and 513 runs from 11 ODIs at an average of 46.63.

Cook and Trott were also short-listed for the Test Player of the Year award alongside their team-mate Anderson, with Kallis the other nominee. Cook was in particularly inspired form in Tests, making 1302 runs from 12 games at an average of 76.58 with six centuries and four half-centuries. Trott was almost as good, accumulating 1042 runs from 12 Tests at an average of 65.12 with four centuries and three half-centuries. Anderson meanwhile was a handful with the ball, picking up 50 wickets in 11 Tests at an average of 25.48 and a strike-rate of 54.00.

Amla was nominated for the ODI Player of the Year award as well, along with Kumar Sangakkara, Australia allrounder Shane Watson and India opener Gautam Gambhir. Watson continued to excel in the 50-over game, making 955 runs in 19 matches at an average of 59.68 and a strike-rate of 111.17, while also chipping in with 15 wickets.

New Zealand's Tim Southee's five-wicket haul against Pakistan was up for the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year, alongside England's Tim Bresnan, Watson and South Africa batsman JP Duminy.

Test team of the year: (in batting order) Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla, Jonathan Trott, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wk), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Zaheer Khan (12th man)

The short-lists

Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Alastair Cook, Sachin Tendulkar, Jonathan Trott

Test Player of the Year: James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Jacques Kallis, Jonathan Trott

ODI Player of the Year: Hashim Amla, Gautam Gambhir, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Watson

Emerging Player of the Year: Azhar Ali, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Wahab Riaz

Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate, Hamid Hassan, Kevin O'Brien, Paul Stirling

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Tim Bresnan 3-10 v Pakistan, JP Duminy 96* v Zimbabwe, Tim Southee 5-18 v Pakistan, Shane Watson 59 v England

Women's Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards (England), Lydia Greenway (England), Shelley Nitschke (Australia), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)

Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Ian Gould, Simon Taufel

Spirit of Cricket: MS Dhoni for his recall of Ian Bell during the second Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge, July/August 2011, and Jacques Kallis for walking twice during the World Cup 2011 after clarifying with the opposition fielder if they had caught the ball cleanly

People's Choice Award: Hashim Amla, MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Jonathan Trott

Members of the voting academy

Former players: Andy Bichel, Naimur Rahman, Aamir Sohail, Pat Symcox, Nasser Hussein, Russel Arnold, Robin Singh, Shane Bond, Grant Flower, Desmond Haynes, and John Davison (Associate Representative Cricketer)

Media: Greg Buckle (Australia), Abdul Majid Bhatti (Pakistan), Azad Majumdar (Bangladesh), Kevin McCallum (South Africa), Stephen Brenkley (England), Chris Dhambarage (Sri Lanka), Ayaz Memon (India), Tony Becca (West Indies), Bryan Waddle (New Zealand), John Ward (Zimbabwe) and KR Nayer (Associate Representative)

Elite panel of ICC referees representative: Chris Broad

Elite panel of ICC umpires representative: Aleem Dar

Chairman of ICC cricket committee: Clive Lloyd

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • jevans90 on August 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @ SatyajitM - While I agree with the point that Prior shouldn't be picked (solely) for his batting average, it's a fact of modern international cricket that the keeper is now considered a frontline batsman, so you have to take batting into consideration, and this is where Prior stands out. Also, while Prior's keeping was awful two years ago, he's now at least as good as most other test keepers with the gloves - go watch his stumping of Raina if you don't believe that. But the problem is not the non-selection of Prior, it's the selection of Sangakkara, who's been selected purely on batting average, because he doesn't even keep in tests for Sri Lanka any more. I would have had no issue with Prassana Jayawardene being named in this team.

  • SatyajitM on August 29, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Eng has been sufficiently represented in the test team. There should not have been more from Eng. As Clive Loyd mentions, it's not just numbers but a qualitative factor also taken into consideration while choosing the players. That's why Bell is yet to be part of the team. Maybe once he establishes himself in more foreign conditions he could be considered for it. In case of Pietersen, he has the pedigree but lacks the numbers this year. Prior cannot be the best wk. He was known as butter finger couple of years back. While his wicket keeping may have improved it's far away from that. His batting avg has been good, but you don't choose wk for such a team based on batting avg.

  • reeja on August 29, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    and spirit of cricket award goes to vettori for his superb performance in world cup quarter final... du ples.......

  • on August 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    See the both Test and ODI rankings! India is the No.1 in having a balance (or else a rank combined together) India is No3 in both Test and ODI. Other teams are higher in one format and much lower in other format.

  • BanglaChild on August 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Rahul Dravid- The Great Wall of India?

  • Avi56 on August 29, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Hashim Amla should be the ICC Cricketer of the year

    In 13 ODI innings this year he has scored five hundreds and three fifties, and averages 82.16 at a strike rate of 103.13 and has an average of 79.60 in seven Tests.

    There is no one who can stand up to those numbers for the year. Others in the list are good players , but number show Amla's Dominance

  • ATIMAYANK on August 29, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    For all those who are asking what Tendulkar has done in the last 12 months to be in this team here is the answer. Tendulkar has scored 1128 runs at an average of 59.36 in 22 innings. Dravid has scored 1285 run at an average of 53.54 in 28 innings.

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave R Dravid 15 28 4 1285 191 53.54 SR Tendulkar 12 22 3 1128 214 59.36

  • rahulcricket007 on August 29, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE QUESTIONING TENDULKAR'S NOMINATION SHOULD KNOW THAT THE QUALYFYING PERIOD WAS FROM AUGUST 2010 TO AUGUST 2011 . IN THIS PERIOD TENDULKAR SCORES 214 & 98 AGAINST AUSSIES AND HIT 2 CENTURIES IN SA . THAT'S WHY HE IS STILL THERE.

  • on August 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I find it odd that Sachin is nominated for "Cricketer of the year but does not figure in either "ODI or Test Player of the year" while all other nominees are there in at least one of them..

  • Poliwag060 on August 28, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Matt...Prior...? Best keeper/batsman in world cricket?

  • jevans90 on August 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @ SatyajitM - While I agree with the point that Prior shouldn't be picked (solely) for his batting average, it's a fact of modern international cricket that the keeper is now considered a frontline batsman, so you have to take batting into consideration, and this is where Prior stands out. Also, while Prior's keeping was awful two years ago, he's now at least as good as most other test keepers with the gloves - go watch his stumping of Raina if you don't believe that. But the problem is not the non-selection of Prior, it's the selection of Sangakkara, who's been selected purely on batting average, because he doesn't even keep in tests for Sri Lanka any more. I would have had no issue with Prassana Jayawardene being named in this team.

  • SatyajitM on August 29, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Eng has been sufficiently represented in the test team. There should not have been more from Eng. As Clive Loyd mentions, it's not just numbers but a qualitative factor also taken into consideration while choosing the players. That's why Bell is yet to be part of the team. Maybe once he establishes himself in more foreign conditions he could be considered for it. In case of Pietersen, he has the pedigree but lacks the numbers this year. Prior cannot be the best wk. He was known as butter finger couple of years back. While his wicket keeping may have improved it's far away from that. His batting avg has been good, but you don't choose wk for such a team based on batting avg.

  • reeja on August 29, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    and spirit of cricket award goes to vettori for his superb performance in world cup quarter final... du ples.......

  • on August 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    See the both Test and ODI rankings! India is the No.1 in having a balance (or else a rank combined together) India is No3 in both Test and ODI. Other teams are higher in one format and much lower in other format.

  • BanglaChild on August 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Rahul Dravid- The Great Wall of India?

  • Avi56 on August 29, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Hashim Amla should be the ICC Cricketer of the year

    In 13 ODI innings this year he has scored five hundreds and three fifties, and averages 82.16 at a strike rate of 103.13 and has an average of 79.60 in seven Tests.

    There is no one who can stand up to those numbers for the year. Others in the list are good players , but number show Amla's Dominance

  • ATIMAYANK on August 29, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    For all those who are asking what Tendulkar has done in the last 12 months to be in this team here is the answer. Tendulkar has scored 1128 runs at an average of 59.36 in 22 innings. Dravid has scored 1285 run at an average of 53.54 in 28 innings.

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave R Dravid 15 28 4 1285 191 53.54 SR Tendulkar 12 22 3 1128 214 59.36

  • rahulcricket007 on August 29, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE QUESTIONING TENDULKAR'S NOMINATION SHOULD KNOW THAT THE QUALYFYING PERIOD WAS FROM AUGUST 2010 TO AUGUST 2011 . IN THIS PERIOD TENDULKAR SCORES 214 & 98 AGAINST AUSSIES AND HIT 2 CENTURIES IN SA . THAT'S WHY HE IS STILL THERE.

  • on August 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I find it odd that Sachin is nominated for "Cricketer of the year but does not figure in either "ODI or Test Player of the year" while all other nominees are there in at least one of them..

  • Poliwag060 on August 28, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Matt...Prior...? Best keeper/batsman in world cricket?

  • NRI- on August 28, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    what the hell has Tendulkar done in 2011 to deserve this? My team - Cook, Dilshan, Dravid, Bell, Kallis, Watson, McCullum (wk), Fidel Edwards/ Seekuuge Prasanna, Swann, Steyn and Anderson. 2 quicks, 2 spinners and 2 more seamers in Watson and Kallis.

  • on August 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    why the hell is tendulkar in this team, should be rahul dravid instead.. tendulkar is over rated.

  • why_myname on August 28, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Should be humiliating for Zaheer(12th man). But he deserves it with his level of fitness.

  • cantwaittosee on August 28, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Sangakkara to keep wickets? H e doesnt even keep wickets for SL. And how can you ask Kallis to bat at no. 7. You should pick only one No. 3 bat. The point is that this is the test team of the year. There should be no makeshift players. And Broad doesnt belong in that list. The guy just had one good series. And does Amla open in tests for SA? World X1 and you have picked 4 No. 3's to bat all over the batting order. Thats funny.

  • SachIsLife100 on August 28, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    How the mighty have fallen! No Aussies. Sanga is a surprise. The Wall didnt exactly set the field on fire the last year. But he is a strong contender for this year, if he continues his fine form. The pommies deserve 5 spots, they have been the better team this past year. But I wonder how many matches are they playing in the sub-continent this year.

  • swarzi on August 28, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Rinish Valsan, once any of those guys who were on the infamous panel in 2010 that selected that infamous 'All Time 11' test match team, I genuinely don't have any faith in their word! They do not believe in utilisng scientific methodolgy (which is the only true method) in arriving at their conclusions - their method is likeability. big name and influence of individual administrations. I think its time for ICC to start using people who are more objective in their outlook of players. I am talking about guys like the Indian genius Anantha, Mike Atherton and Waqar Younis. Chappell is the only one from that infamous group that may be retained. Some of the foremost names that you never select to be jurors where objectivity is concerned are guys such as: Sunil Gavascar, Bill Lawry, David Gower and Ian Bothom. So, like you Rinish, I do not approve of many of the names in the 2011 selection - but who are we to object?

  • on August 28, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    How is Trott on the People's Choice list?! He is genuinely a brilliant batsmen don't misunderstand me, but he's also noted for being exceptionally dull to watch most of the time and going at just one pace! Although these aren't the lists I would make, I can see perfect justification for why they are this way. Tough Breaks for Bell, Dravid and Prior but doubt they're losing sleep over it.

  • on August 28, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Where is Rahul Dravid? I think he scored more runs in last year than Sachin Tendulkar. Also the fact that he was the only resistance England faced in their recently concluded total dominance..

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on August 28, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    @Rinish Valsan: Looks like you are suffering from selective amnesia. Why did you exclude the Sri Lankan tour? Is it because Dravid failed miserably there? He averaged 19 in that Test series. Then came the Test series against Australia where he scored 112 runs in 4 innings. Then came the Test series against New Zealand where he made merry against that toothless attack. Then came the tour to South Africa, where he failed miserably against the best bowling attack in the world and finished with an average of 20. Then came the Test series against the minnow like West Indies, where he shined. And then came the tour to England where he made runs.

  • on August 28, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Seriously Where is dravid ??? ppl r saying he was in horrible form prior wi , but chk his stats from aug 10 last yr , against australia he scored one 50 and 2 bad innings and a 30 something not out, then next series against nz he scored 2 centuries(103 n 191) and a fifty i guess, he was poor against sa with his highest something abt 44, but then against wi was in gr8 form scoring a century in a match winning innings and a low scoring game, and another 50 and a 30 not out, and against england 3 centuries in tough n testing conditions, so in all barring one series against sa he has done amazingly well against eng,wi and nz and reasonably well against australia, first the icc did injustice by not adding his name even to the nominations list of the all time gr8 test xi and now this, injustice nothing all ;)

  • chokkashokka on August 28, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    One thing that is beyond me is how this Chris Broad manages to get into the voting panels everywhere - he must have someone's photos. No wonder there are 5 englishmen - oh I mean players who represent england - in this team. The english board managed their schedule well and got them to play Bangladesh outside england and then 2 home series with juiced up wickets against the lankans and the fat and happy Indians. Lets have them play 2 back to back test series in the subcontinent now - or why don't they invite the South africans and their pace battery to these juiced up wickets. This is such a farce - India got duped. Why is India now going to australia - all these rinky dink sides should come to India to play. Why should the world champions have to travel? you want to play with India and make money - then come to India - simple.

  • on August 28, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Where is Rahul THE WALL Dravid.... No place for him

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on August 28, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    I wonder where the rarest of rare 'genius' Dravid went missing, LOL.

  • on August 28, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    sachin doesnt deserve a place here......such a overrated player

  • on August 28, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Hard to take seriously and I lose respect for people like Lloyd.

    " . . . In the panel's expert opinion, it has selected the best team based on performances over the past 12 months."

    How do they explain Sangakarra's selection? Exactly what wicketkeeping performance during the last 12 months got him selected.???

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 28, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    This list is a joke. I can clearly see some heavy weight Indian lobbying behind here. Who cares about MS Dhoni's generosity when clearly his team were pummeled on field ? most Indians were angered by him in this regard. Secondly, what are the hell are Sangakkara and Tendulkar doing on that list ? I am not questioning their greatness.. but if this team is for the year then clearly both of them don't deserve to be on that list. Matt Prior has been outstanding and for good reason. He should have been the glove man. I also don't wish to see Zaheer Khan anywhere on that list, YES even as a 12th man because of the amount of injuries the guy carries around. He would require a portable hospitable at this rate. I am fine with the other names though. Surprised there are no Aussies, now that's a rare sight.

  • Trickstar on August 27, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff I agree with you on the omission of Bell & Prior but not Dravid he's only averages 52 this year compare that to someone like KP who averages over 70. Dravid played well in England and to some extent WI but had been in horrible form before that. Putting Sanga as Captain and wk is unbelievably stupid and shows lack of thought, he doesn't Captain SL and he isn't a keeper in Tests. Prior is the best wk batsman by far in world cricket, who has one of the best averages around this year at 85, no one else comes close.

  • only_sehwag on August 27, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Tendulkar is neither the ODI player of the year nor the Test player of the year...yet he is the cricketer of the year..good joke.

  • VK10 on August 27, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Martin Owen Jones: SRT was run out legally. However, Strauss and Eng players said that Indians calling Bell back was great but anything less would have been double standards anyway!! So, by the same token, they should have called back SRT next week ... not that it would have changed the result of the 3rd test. The Bell incident was a farce and this ICC list is a farce ... doesn't make sense to choose SRT over Bell in the XI and it is ridiculous that he is a nominee for the ICC award.

  • on August 27, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    ajantha mendis 6 wicket not include in T20 performance of the year ??????

  • demon_bowler on August 27, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Zaheer Khan as twelfth man? So he can run on (or waddle on more likely) with the drinks and act as a substitute fielder on the boundary? That I would pay to see.

  • asithaSL on August 27, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Cricketer of d year--> Cook is fair enough 4 me....

  • Saim93 on August 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Thankfully emerging players are two WI and two Pakistanis so no injustice to these countries this time!

  • on August 27, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    @Ragesh Gopinathan Radhakrishnan- go on youtube and type Aleem Dar... U shall realise who's the best!

  • FatBoysCanBat on August 27, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    I fail to comprehend how Sangakkara can be picked as the keeper for the ICC test team of the year, as he has not wicket-kept for about two years (Prassana Jayawardene has held the gloves). Obviously Cook, Amla, Trott, and de Villiers were the four best batsmen this past year, leaving Sachin and Sangakkara battling for the last of five batting slots. So the ICC has just named Sangakkara as keeper so they can include both of these stars. Matt Prior has, by far been the best keeper this past year (741 runs @ 57.00, not to mention his vastly improved keeping). The closest to Prior in this time; is Brad Haddin with 360 runs @ 45.00, but his keeping was really suspect; and Prassana Jayawardene with 308 runs @ 51.33, but he only played 8 matches. ICC just didn't want to make a hard decision and leave out either SRT or Sangakkara.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 27, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @VK10: My problem is when you pander to certain teams when this is sport and everyone should be treated equally and fairly. When you start pandering to certain groups more than any other, then the sport suffers as a result. As you're witnessing.

  • SDHM on August 27, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Batsmen, batsmen, batsmen... for the sake of bowlers everywhere, I hope Jimmy Anderson wins test player of the year!

  • on August 27, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    VK10 and Maddy20

    You seriously need to go and look at the laws of cricket. Hoiw can you claim to be cricket fans when you don't know the difference between run out when backing up and a bowler deflecting the ball onto the stumps. In the first instance running out when backing up - BEFORE THE BOWLER HAS DELIVERED THE BALL - is against the spirit of cricket and requires the bowler to deliver a warning. Deflecting the ball onto the stumps - the ball is live and such a dismisal is just unfortunate.

    If you can't see the difference then I feel very sorry for you

  • on August 27, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    sangakkra deserves the sprt of the cricketer award...4 his memorable speech.and + he is a great gentlemen in the game always...........

  • Nutcutlet on August 27, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @maddy20:And to your final point. I am a mature cricket lover and have watched many, many great players from all countries since 1960. Long ago, before I was out of my teens certainly, I realised that my enjoyment of watching was immeasurably deepened by appreciating the skills and character of cricketers from all corners of the globe, not just England players.Thus, I learned to watch with two eyes - one eye for my partisan interest: England/Surrey - and the other, for the players with whom I was less familiar. So, I truly do appreciate cricketers from India and have said so often in posts on this site. Dravid and PK of the current tourists have given me much enjoyment and I recognise how gutsy they have been, playing in a side that has been a major disappointment to many thousands of cricket-lovers in this country. I hope that you, and many others who are perhaps a little too partisan, learn to appreciate cricketers from beyond your shores; it's is an enriching experience, believe me!

  • on August 27, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Emerging player will go to Wahab Riaz without any shadow of doubt,No other player shortlisted either has played as much as he has been playing n he has performed well after pakistan has a shocker incident of M. Aamir and asif and then to stand up is commendable

  • Nutcutlet on August 27, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    @maddy20: I'll do you the courtesy of putting you right on a few things. First, a team does not receive any of these awards, so England, per se, can't even be nominated! Secondly, I wonder if you saw Tendulkar's run out? It was a deflected hard driven straight drive - and if you have watched cricket for any length of time, you'll know that once in a while this happens. Certainly, it is a very unfortunate mode of dismissal (perhaps the most unlucky possible) but it is a part of the game - and I am sure that SRT himself would agree. I have never seen a batsman, at any level of cricket recalled when this has happened. It has nothing to do with sportsmanship.There was no unsporting behaviour from Swann whatsoever. VVS's bat checked? It was a rumour at the time that Hotspot would fail to register if vaseline was on the edge of the bat. As it is, it clearly isn't picking up all bat contacts. True, it wasn't very sporting of Broad to check the bat; it is an action I hope he regrets.

  • on August 27, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Dont evaluate or ignore a player like SACHIN with one series.. He played well all year...

  • Toon-Harmy on August 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Tendulkar ahead of Ian Bell? Zaheer Khan 12th man (assuming he won't injure a hamstring carrying the drinks?) Matt Prior completely overlooked? What a farce. Oh, and if Dhoni wins the Spirit of Cricket award then we might as well all pack up - his appeal for the Bell run-out was anything but in the spirit of cricket and it took senior players like Rahul Dravid expressing unease and a visit from Strauss/Flower for common sense to finally prevail. Seriously you couldn't make it up - I had to check it wasn't April 1 when I read this.

  • on August 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Sachin deserves all that he achieved...he is the best...GOD OF CRICKET

  • on August 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @gunnerr4life : Asad rauf made a couple of shockers in the recently concluded India -vs West Indies series. I don't think he is anywhere close to Aleem dar [although he is good], who is simply amazing. As for Bell vs Tendulkar, well I don't know what the criteria was but Tendulkar performed well in SA which I suppose could have counted in his favour. Also, if he wasn't in the Test team, you would have had about 4500 comments by now from Indian fans querying as to why he wasn't selected and I don't think the cricinfo server can manage that sort of load. But I agree with you. Bell's definitely had a more productive year.

  • vinjoy on August 27, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Tendulkar's scores in Test Cricket have been: Aus (home) 98, 38, 214, 53* NZ (home) 40, 12, 13, 61 SA (abroad) 36, 111*, 13, 6, 146, 14* Eng (abroad) 34, 12 16, 56

    Two ordinary series and two excellent ones, so it does not really make him an obvious candidate for Test Player of the year.

    In ODIs, Tendulkar averaged 46.63 in the year, nothing extraordinary.. and he failed in the only two matches he played outside India, scoring 7 and 24 in two matches in SA.

    I am not comparing hiis sequence of scores with Dravid's but Dravid did almost well when we see:

    Aus (home) 77, 13, 1, 21* NZ (home) 104, 1, 45, 191 SA (abroad) 14, 43, 25, 2, 5, 31 WI (abroad) 40, 112, 5, 55, 5, 34* SA (abroad) 103*, 36, 117, 6

    Nothing much to separate the two.

  • on August 27, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Are you joking Maddy20? Seriously..

  • LivingDead on August 27, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    @ Ali Abbas: Deal with it.

  • VK10 on August 27, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair: Everything material needs money to support it. So, what is your problem?

    @Munkeymomo: I think Swan should not have attempted that run out. England could have called back SRT but they have always been a double standards nation. SRT was unfortunate: in his last 3 innings, he scored 154 and I hope he does well in the ODI's and shuts up everybody including team England.

  • bismoy on August 27, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Sachin should win the best player award this year also.Seriously all other player in the list looks like tailenders in front of great sachin.If its batting award close your eye and pick sachin,else your jealous of "world greatest batman of all time".Long live the master. Some stats for jealous peoples: 1.India won the WC...Sachin the 2nd highest run scorer. 2.India drew vs SA in SA for first time,sachin is highest run scorer for india. 3.India beaten Austrlia at home 2-0 and sachin again is highest run scorer for india.

    India lost badly vs ENg 0-4...who was highest run scorer??

    That show the importance of great sachin,,,,When ever he clicks india have done well..

  • Khushal_Azam on August 27, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Associate and Affiliate Player of the year : Hamid Hassan of Afghanistan should receive this award. He's much better than the others nominated. He's been performing superbly. And about other categories . . . I really don't care!!!Associate and Affiliate Player of the year : Hamid Hassan of Afghanistan should receive this award. He's much better than the others nominated. He's been performing superbly. And about other categories . . . I really don't care!!!

  • on August 27, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    So where is Matt Prior and Ian Bell? Unbelievable omissions. Prior is streets ahead as a wicketkeeper batsman, and Bell has probably been the best batsman in the world recently. He has outperformed SRT for sure. I'd also say Watson deserves a spot somewhere! He has been brilliant opening (averaging above 50) and a very handy bowler when needed, averaging around 30! But certainly Watson is a more understandable omission than the other two.

  • on August 27, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Why doesn't Dravid get chosen? That is a complete shame!

  • Munkeymomo on August 27, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @maddy20. Are you suggesting that Swann shouldn't have run Tendulkar out? Or that England shouldn't have appealed? It's a very unlucky way to get out but it's still out. I've seen it happen quite a few times over the years and not once have I ever, EVER heard someone say that by appealing its against the spirit of cricket!!?? That's a ridiculous thing to say. Oh wait, I forgot it's Tendulkar... my bad.

  • elsmallo on August 27, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Wierd time period criteria. At least carry it over until the end of the English Test summer. That way, I'd give the excellent Dravid a shout for Test player of the year, since he did his bit mostly this last month.

  • VK10 on August 27, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    I think Ian Bell was robbed of a spot in the Test XI. He far outperformed SRT for that spot.

    Actually, it is frustrating that SRT gets nominated at all in any category for the last 12 months ... if we create a category called "the most conspicuous failure of the year" then his England tour is a strong contender for that raspberry.

  • hargreaves92 on August 27, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    England are still under-represented here. Bell is on current form the best test batsman in the world (avg 120 this year....), and Prior is undoubtedly the best keeper/batsman (averaging 57 this year compared to Sanga's 31, and he is also actually a wicketkeeper in tests!!) , and yet they still don't get in? The real Test team of the year is in fact: Cook, Amla, Trott, Kallis, Bell, AB, Prior, Broad, Swann, Steyn, Anderson. Typical anti-english selection as usual from the ICC.

  • maddy20 on August 26, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    @Nutcutlet "and a following that has the greatest difficulty in appreciating the qualities found in players from other countries" Oh so you think that England should get the award for the checking Laxmans bat for vaseline or Swann running out Tendulkar at non-strikers end(bowlers usually give a first warning to the batsman in the spirit of cricket)? Are you sure that its not you who should love to appreciate qualities of subcontinental players?

  • on August 26, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Cricketer of the year: Hashim Amla (No Doubts) Test Player: Jacques Kallis ODI Player: Shane Watson Emerging Player: Wahab Riaz (Tough to call when Bishoo around bt Bishoo has still lot to prove) Associate Player: Ryan Ten Doeschate T20 Performance: Tim Southee (amazed why theres no category for T20 player of the year) Umpire of the year: Aleem Dar (No Doubts) Spirit of Cricket: I know jury gonna give it to Dhoni even i strongly disagree cuz Dhoni had to do it on field to earn it not after being asked and pushed by Strauss and Andy. Peoples Choice Award: ALWAYS AN INDIAN AWARD WITH 2 BILLION POPULATION AND SPONSORSHIP REASONS.

  • on August 26, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Well !. From the World champion and No. 1 Test team (Before england Debacle), It appears only 1 is included there. It is really appalling !. We need to know the criteria used for such selection.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 26, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    Not surprised to see anti-indian comments here.

  • gunnerr4life on August 26, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    I have conflict on TWO things . 1 ) How come tendulkar is chosen over Ian Bell in test team of the year !?!! 2 ) Asad Rauf deserved to be in umpires of the year list because he had 100% record in this recent england vs india test series + He has been consistently giving very good decisions for a last couple of years !!

  • on August 26, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Definitely don't think Dhoni should win the Spirit of Cricket award, seeing as the umpires asked him several times just after Bell was dismissed if he wanted to recall him, and Dhoni said no. Not to mention it was Dhoni who executed the run out and appealed, he could have just dropped it right there and then. It was only when he was pressed by Strauss and Flower that he HAD to reverse the decision.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 26, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    And for the most contrived award of the year goes to "Spirit of Cricket", for giving Indian an award when they look like winning nothing else. Gotta make sure the Indians are satisfied otherwise sponsorship will decline.

  • hhillbumper on August 26, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    i THINJ THERE SHOULD BE MORE INDIAN PLAYERS AFTER ALL THEY ARE NO1 TEST TEAM. oH HANG ON NO THEY ARE NOT.tENDULKAR SHOULD NOT BE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AS WHEN WAS HTE LAST TIME HE SCORED ANY RUNS WHEN IT ACTUALLY MATTERED

  • on August 26, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    sad to see no pakistani player in any category except emerging players. Where our cricket is going? :( Feel for pakistan :(

  • Nutcutlet on August 26, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    The only certaiinty in this set of awards is MSD winning the People's Choice Award. You can guarantee that 95%+ of Indians will vote for the only one of their own on this list - and with a population of 1.2 Billion and a following that has the greatest difficulty in appreciating the qualities found in players from other countries, it's a given. His captaincy in the WC at home supports his case, but, my word, after this summer's ignomy, it will be a bitter-sweet experience for him to receive it. For the rest, it's astonishing that Ian Bell isn't in the list for Best Test Player of the Year, but his time will certainly come if he maintains current form - probably next year. Why isn't there an award for Manager of the Year? That would be a tough one.....! Not! Tendulkar deserves nothing!

  • thegreatwhiteduck on August 26, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    It's a nonsensical to select Sangakkara as the keeper when he hasn't kept wicket! If it's your team of the year, then the wicketkeeper should be the best wicketkeeper of the year (taking into account both the wicketkeeping and batting performances, of course). I'm not saying Sangakkara shouldn't be in the team, just that he shouldn't be the wicketkeeper. If the wicketkeeper doesn't have to have kept wicket, then do the selected bowlers have to have bowled?

  • on August 26, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Sachin : player of the year, perform both part than other three. Cook: Test player of the year . Amla : ODI player of the year, better than others. J. Trott : people choice award. Wahab : emerging player of the year. We Can't ignore Sachin & J. Trott for only one series, as they perform all year.

  • on August 26, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Why is Tendulkar there for cricketer of the year? If any Indian is going on that list it should be Rahul Dravid.

  • CricketChat on August 26, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    My selections: Cricketer of the Year: Jonathan Trott Test Player of the Year: Jacques Kallis ODI Player of the Year: Hashim Amla Emerging Player of the Year: Devendra Bishoo Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Hamid Hassan Twenty20 Performance of the Year: Tim Southee 5-18 v Pakistan Umpire of the Year: Simon Taufel Spirit of Cricket: MS Dhoni

    Don't know much about Women's Cricket, so can't go there.

  • on August 26, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    I think hashim amla will be the best choice for icc cricketer of the year award as he played superbly in both forms of the game last year.Also the run machine alastair cook will be the icc test cricketer of the year n the hard hitter shane watson will be the icc odi cricketer of the year. Emerging player will be the promising leg spinner devendra bishoo,a&a player will be k o'brien,best t20 performer will be tim southee,women's cricketer of the year will be lydia greenway,umpire of the year will be aleem dar,spirit of cricket awardee will be ms dhoni and finally peoples choice awardee will be ms dhoni for leading india to world cup glory after 28 years n showing courage n character to follow for all the younger generations.

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Lets not forget how Kallis rescued South Africa in 3rd test from jaws of defeat that too with a broken rib , conditions like these are seen , talking about Zaheer he simply is over-rated having an average of 31 isnt gonna make him deserve this spot , Morne morkel or even a tim bresnan was good

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 26, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Ian Bell should be there ahead of Trott.

  • bhanuma_nagadeep on August 26, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Doesnt zaheer khan,Virat kohli and VVS more deserving than SRT,gambhir for this calender year to be nominated!!! I would hv been happy to see zaheer featuring cricketer of the year than SRT and VVS featuring ahead of SRT in Test cricketer of year (in long list) and virat kohli ahead of gambhir..... Commity says not only runs are considered but also match situations!!! If so, 96 that VVS scored in SA is more valuable than the runs scored by Cook....century he made in SL??!!! partnerships with bhajji,Ishanth with NZ,Aus!!(these can be ignored bcoz they are at home) what abt the runs scored in WI!!! Pity that he hasnt even featured in the long list while the likes of bhajji, peterson,stauss,broad who all were out of form in last calender year featured!!!

  • leon7766 on August 26, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    What a joke having Tendulkar in the team and nominated for player of the year .Infact its beyond a joke its a disgrace

  • on August 26, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Cricketer of the year :Cook Test Player of the year: Anderson ODI Player of the year : Amla/Watson Emerging Player of the year :Wahab/Bishoo Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year:Ryan ten Doeschate/Paul stirling Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Southee Umpire of the year :Aleem dar

  • Mephistopheles01 on August 26, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Surely Bell should have been in, for de villers maybe? An average of 89 is absolutely elite, and sa dont play enough tests really.

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara doesn't even get a nomination for the Spirit of Cricket award? Didn't he deliver the "greatest speech in cricket history" this year?

  • 6forus on August 26, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    The best Test team is the following members

    MATHEW HAYDEN HASHIM AMLA RAHUL DRAVID SACHIN TENDULKAR JACQUES KALLIS KUMARA SANGAKKARA WK IAN BELL DANIEL VETTORI (C) DALE STEYN ZAHEER KHAN JAMES ANDERSON

    The best ODI team is

    SHANE WATSON VIRENDER SEHWAG BRENDON MCULLAM WK AB DE VILLIERS KEVIN PETERSON (C) VIRAT KOHLI SHAHID AFRIDI SHAKIB AL HASAN MORNE MORKEL UMAR GUL MALINGA

    THE BEST T20 T20 TEAM IS

    CHRIS GAYLE DAVID WARNER TILLKARTNA DILSHAN DAVID HUSSEY YUVRAJ SINGH MAHINDRA SINGH DHONI (C)(WK) YOUSEF PATHAN KIERON POLLARD MICHELLE JOHSON LASITA MALINGA GRAEME SWANN

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Steve Davis, the Kamran Akmal of umpires, you got to be kidding me. I think they missed harper too, he deserved a spot as well.

  • AlanHarrison on August 26, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Well that's quite extraordinary evidence of how batter-dominated the modern men's game is. All four nominees for Cricketer of the Year are specialist batsmen. I hope Dhoni, Bishoo, Watson, O'Brien, Aleem Dar and Charlotte Edwards win in their respective categories. Chris Broad must be gutted: he can't vote for his son in anything!

  • landl47 on August 26, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    On 2011 form, the best test batsman in the world is Ian Bell. I guess the fact that he was injured for the Pakistan series in 2010 might have counted against him. If the period had run to the end of the last England/India tests, Dravid and Pietersen might have got in, too. On the other hand, Broad is lucky to have got in. He had great series against Pakistan in 2010 and India in 2011, but nothing in Australia and not much against Sri Lanka. Tremlett is the exact reverse: he had great series against Aus and SL, but didn't play against Pakistan and only one game against India. Morne Morkel has to be unlucky to be left out. It's a joke naming Sanga as captain and W/K when he didn't do either in the year of selection. One other thing: Asad Rauf was unlucky not to be named to the umpire of the year list. He had a superb England/Sri Lanka series.

  • ian_ghose on August 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    If Tendulkar isn't in the list of Test cricketers or ODI cricketers of the year (which means he wasn't the top performer in either format), what exactly has he done to be nominated for Cricketer of the year award (and he doesn't play Int'l T20)?

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 26, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    while on the ground, Dhoni clearly didnt withdraw the appeal when the umpires asking him thrice! Surely there must be more to it for him to have agreed to it later. Reports that sachin was the guy who pushed for the withdrawal cannot be ruled out. Had he withdrawn while on the ground, then it would have been his own decision and should have been given due credit...but not after how he handled it.

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    SAchin over Rahul...wow that is just ridiculous

  • Tejas1983 on August 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    "Cook and Trott were also short-listed for the Test Player of the Year award, alongside respective team-mates Anderson and Kallis." What happened to everyone now accepting that Trott is English, not South African?

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Nice...2 see al...but we miss shewag,afridi,mahela,gayle,pollard,yusuf pathan,john botha,daniel vettori,ross taylor......and so on....but nice judgemnet over al......Al Is Wel.....next time.....they wil try their level best...!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 26, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Why is Sachin's name not in test-matches? I mean he did so well last year....In my opinion Ashes winners will dominate the awards....

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Its Strange Rahul Dravid doesnt find a place here

  • Fifthman on August 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Distinct lack of Australian names here - only Watson in the ODIs and Shelley Nitschke from the women's game. How have the mighty fallen...

  • khurramsch on August 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    i thnk player of year may b Amla (good in both odi &tests) or cook may give tought fight. Test player no doubt cook should b. Odi player: tought fght betwen amla and watson. Watson strong coz of wickets. Emrging: fght betwen bravo & riaz.specialy semi final performance. T20performance: should b tim southe coz it was against pak.rest were against zimb, or 59 vs eng. Umpires:i thnk alem dar very strong.toufel was not tht good during ths time.

  • Exiled-Tyke on August 26, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The omission of Zaheer Khan from the cricketer of the year list is puzzling. In tests, he was sixth in the wicket-takers list, but top of the averages. In ODIs he was fourth in the wicket-takers and had a superb average, none of those who took more wickets had a better average. He was a key part of the WC winning team, arguably the main cricketing event of the year.

    Cook and Tendulkar have great test stats but nothing special in ODIs in the period. Amla has a fantastic ODI record but nothing special in tests in the period.

  • natasrik on August 26, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Funny and crazy to see Sachin short listed for cricketer of the year award when he is not even listed in the test and ODI player of the year.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 26, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    A few shocking selections there. How on earth did they leave out Bell, Dravid and Prior? They performed far better in that period than Amla, de Villiers and Sangakkara.

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    In their dreams lol . . . . "Cook and Trott were also short-listed for the Test Player of the Year award, alongside respective team-mates Anderson and Kallis."

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    No place for Rahul Dravid despite 4 hundreds in the last 6 test matches under hostile conditions. Shame on the selectors...

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    I hope Simon Taufel. He is like a walking/talking human hawk eye

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  • on August 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    I hope Simon Taufel. He is like a walking/talking human hawk eye

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    No place for Rahul Dravid despite 4 hundreds in the last 6 test matches under hostile conditions. Shame on the selectors...

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    In their dreams lol . . . . "Cook and Trott were also short-listed for the Test Player of the Year award, alongside respective team-mates Anderson and Kallis."

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 26, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    A few shocking selections there. How on earth did they leave out Bell, Dravid and Prior? They performed far better in that period than Amla, de Villiers and Sangakkara.

  • natasrik on August 26, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Funny and crazy to see Sachin short listed for cricketer of the year award when he is not even listed in the test and ODI player of the year.

  • Exiled-Tyke on August 26, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The omission of Zaheer Khan from the cricketer of the year list is puzzling. In tests, he was sixth in the wicket-takers list, but top of the averages. In ODIs he was fourth in the wicket-takers and had a superb average, none of those who took more wickets had a better average. He was a key part of the WC winning team, arguably the main cricketing event of the year.

    Cook and Tendulkar have great test stats but nothing special in ODIs in the period. Amla has a fantastic ODI record but nothing special in tests in the period.

  • khurramsch on August 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    i thnk player of year may b Amla (good in both odi &tests) or cook may give tought fight. Test player no doubt cook should b. Odi player: tought fght betwen amla and watson. Watson strong coz of wickets. Emrging: fght betwen bravo & riaz.specialy semi final performance. T20performance: should b tim southe coz it was against pak.rest were against zimb, or 59 vs eng. Umpires:i thnk alem dar very strong.toufel was not tht good during ths time.

  • Fifthman on August 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Distinct lack of Australian names here - only Watson in the ODIs and Shelley Nitschke from the women's game. How have the mighty fallen...

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Its Strange Rahul Dravid doesnt find a place here

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 26, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Why is Sachin's name not in test-matches? I mean he did so well last year....In my opinion Ashes winners will dominate the awards....