ICC awards 2012 September 14, 2012

PCB officials to skip ICC awards over Ajmal snub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Biggie312 on September 16, 2012, 14:05 GMT

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

  • Mask_Man on September 16, 2012, 12:54 GMT

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

  • Iddy on September 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT

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

  • Ozcricketwriter on September 15, 2012, 15:41 GMT

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

  • AMRules on September 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT

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

  • Bazinga81 on September 15, 2012, 13:41 GMT

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

  • sichu_emerald on September 15, 2012, 11:25 GMT

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

  • Karnain on September 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

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

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

  • dummy4fb on September 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • sabir1054 on September 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT

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

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