ICC awards 2013 December 13, 2013

Michael Clarke gets top ICC honours

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Michael Clarke has been named Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year, two of the most prestigious awards annually announced by the ICC. Clarke's wins come despite Australia having a wretched time during a 12-month spell till August, the period over which performances are considered for the awards.

The honours were announced on the first day of Clarke's 100th Test, against England in Perth.They come largely on the basis of his prolific run in Tests, amassing 1559 runs in the voting period, more than 300 better than the next highest, Alastair Cook. His five Test centuries included two double-hundreds and a 187 against England. Over the past year, Australia lost several senior players to retirement, and Clarke needed to guide an inexperienced side besides battling chronic back trouble.

Hashim Amla and James Anderson had been in the running for both prizes. The only other man to be nominated for two main awards and lose was MS Dhoni, who was in the race for Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year.

Previous winners of the Cricketer of the Year award include Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson (2009), Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Jonathan Trott (2011) and Kumar Sangakkara (2011).

This year, Sangakkara was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year - the one major award that he missed out in 2012. He was the leading run-getter in the format, with 956 runs at 63.73 including a career-best 169 against South Africa.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara took the Emerging Cricketer prize. He has only played two ODIs, but he was among five batsmen to score over 1000 Test runs during the voting period, averaging 82.53 with four hundreds in 10 Tests. Though Pujara made his debut back in 2010, he was eligible for the Emerging Player award as he had played less than five Tests at the start of the voting period, and is less than 26 years old.

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien won the Associate and Affiliate award, recognised for his all-round performances in helping Ireland qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

The Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year was New Zealand's Suzie Bates, who topped the charts with 681 runs at 75.66 with two hundreds and five half-centuries in 11 innings. She was also the top run-getter in the women's World Cup in Mumbai early this year. England's Sarah Taylor took home the T20 award.

The other T20 prize went to Pakistan's Umar Gul, for his spell of 5 for 6 against South Africa in Centurion.

The Umpire of the Year award went to England's Richard Kettleborough, just two years after being promoted to the Elite Panel, and four years after his international debut.

Mahela Jayawardene won the Spirit of Cricket award for walking after being caught behind on 91 at a crucial juncture of the Galle Test against New Zealand.

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  • on December 16, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    why is shahid afridi leftout everywhere..isnt that shameful to ignore greatness..what is the justification here..he took 32 wickets as a captain role for pakistan in the last world cup and he was given nothing..isnt that shameful

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 16, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Dhavan who played all the matches abroad in that time period deserves the ODI player of the year award more than someone who played most of his matches at home.

  • on December 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why was Saeed Ajmal overlooked as Cricketer of the year. His performance is superlative on wickets which r now catered only for the batsmen.

  • Sri1967 on December 15, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Hashim Amla should have been the Cricketer of the YEAR. Michel Clerk is a surprised picked by the so called panel. Amla is getting ignored in-spite of performing well on all formats of the game.

  • on December 14, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    why does cricketor of the year always goes to batsman. What about the bowlers.

  • Stark62 on December 14, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Amla is head and shoulders the best batsman across all formats but he keeps getting ignored!!

    These icc awards lost their prestige a long time ago and the fact that, AB wasn't nominated for any award is a ludicrous.

    Also, Ajmal broke the 100 wicket barrier this year (incl. Tests, ODI's and T20's) and that is a phenomenal achievement considering wickets have been batsman friendly and bowlers are getting hammered but he won't be nominated next year for cricketer of the year, let alone winning it.

  • gahapanmachan on December 14, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Clarke getting the award as he is one of the best batters in the world but is he the best? There has to be a screening process in selection and not based on panel favs for the award. Clarke is one I fancy but did he do enough as the top bat playing so many tests against England this year? Don't think so. After playing a few tests and getting uses to England, I have seen the likes of Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor etc went on scoring series of centuries. Given Clarke's opportunities , Sanga and a few others would have done a lot better.

  • westindiesupporter on December 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Misbah or Chanderpul deserved test player.

  • juman123 on December 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Sa have played half the number of tests to australia this year.De villiers averages 80s Amla 70s compared to clarks 50s Both have scored heavily in the one day game. How can you exclude these players I assume because of the limited number of test matches.Whose fault is that. Give these awards only if the playing field is even. A shocking decision especially the cricketer of the year as if the shortened form of the game doesnt exist

  • buncers on December 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Not to take anything away from Clarke, but he was rubbish in England. Great to see Sangakara get the ODI award. No chance with the test award, since he has only played 2 tests this year at a meegre average of 110.25 .

    Why are Sri Lanka playing so few tests??? The ICC need to sort this out.

  • on December 16, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    why is shahid afridi leftout everywhere..isnt that shameful to ignore greatness..what is the justification here..he took 32 wickets as a captain role for pakistan in the last world cup and he was given nothing..isnt that shameful

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 16, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Dhavan who played all the matches abroad in that time period deserves the ODI player of the year award more than someone who played most of his matches at home.

  • on December 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why was Saeed Ajmal overlooked as Cricketer of the year. His performance is superlative on wickets which r now catered only for the batsmen.

  • Sri1967 on December 15, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Hashim Amla should have been the Cricketer of the YEAR. Michel Clerk is a surprised picked by the so called panel. Amla is getting ignored in-spite of performing well on all formats of the game.

  • on December 14, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    why does cricketor of the year always goes to batsman. What about the bowlers.

  • Stark62 on December 14, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Amla is head and shoulders the best batsman across all formats but he keeps getting ignored!!

    These icc awards lost their prestige a long time ago and the fact that, AB wasn't nominated for any award is a ludicrous.

    Also, Ajmal broke the 100 wicket barrier this year (incl. Tests, ODI's and T20's) and that is a phenomenal achievement considering wickets have been batsman friendly and bowlers are getting hammered but he won't be nominated next year for cricketer of the year, let alone winning it.

  • gahapanmachan on December 14, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Clarke getting the award as he is one of the best batters in the world but is he the best? There has to be a screening process in selection and not based on panel favs for the award. Clarke is one I fancy but did he do enough as the top bat playing so many tests against England this year? Don't think so. After playing a few tests and getting uses to England, I have seen the likes of Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor etc went on scoring series of centuries. Given Clarke's opportunities , Sanga and a few others would have done a lot better.

  • westindiesupporter on December 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Misbah or Chanderpul deserved test player.

  • juman123 on December 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Sa have played half the number of tests to australia this year.De villiers averages 80s Amla 70s compared to clarks 50s Both have scored heavily in the one day game. How can you exclude these players I assume because of the limited number of test matches.Whose fault is that. Give these awards only if the playing field is even. A shocking decision especially the cricketer of the year as if the shortened form of the game doesnt exist

  • buncers on December 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Not to take anything away from Clarke, but he was rubbish in England. Great to see Sangakara get the ODI award. No chance with the test award, since he has only played 2 tests this year at a meegre average of 110.25 .

    Why are Sri Lanka playing so few tests??? The ICC need to sort this out.

  • rizwan1981 on December 14, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf broke Viv Richards record of highest aggregate in a calendar year in 2006 ( Yousuf scored 1788 runs with 9 centuries in 11 matches and 19 innings while Richards tally was 1710 runs with 7 centuries in the same # of innings and matches as Yousuf) Yet , Yousuf was not awarded the coveted cricketer of the year - Ricky Ponting won the award in 2006 and 2007 though he did not perform as well as Yousuf.

    Where is the consistency by the ICC ?

  • Naresh28 on December 14, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    AMLA is the best TEST batsman in the world and runs close in ODI setup as well. SA being the top test team should have had the award. De Kock is the next Young Cricketer and should win the next edition.

  • Poholiyadda on December 14, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Whether it is in the sub continent or out side the sub continent Sangakkara is a master batsman. His match winning unbeaten 130+ against England in the champions trophy and 90 against West Indies in seaming swinging & bouncy conditions are recent examples for this. In addition he is a world class wicket keeper too in shorter formats and it is not the easiest job in the world, to keep 50 overs and play as the no. 3 batsman in your side. Congrats to Sanga.

  • on December 14, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Clarke deserved the Test Cricketer of the year award...but Cricketer of the year should have been MSD or Virat Kohli for their awesome performances which resulted in a winning cause !

  • on December 14, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    @Papa_bhai, Mominul is a batsman who plays for Bangladesh, he has recently emerged as a young star for them

  • Keithnkin on December 13, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    In other words, whichever team gets to play most number of Tests, ODIs, T20s gets a players to qualify for awards. Talk about fairness. But then again, since when Cricket awards have been fair ?

  • on December 13, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    congrats to all the players who have won the awards...but my personal view is hashim amla should have won the cricketer of the year award...

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 13, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    It was probably fair enough as Clarke had a stellar 12 months. Cook was just as good during his purple patch, but Cook's form didn't last for quite as long, so Clarke gets in, as noted by the 300 run difference in runs scored in tests. Clarke hasn't been particularly good in any other format other than tests though, making this a bit of a close run thing overall. I actually thought that Dhoni had already won the award. It is always hard to pick such things but ultimately I don't think it is a bad choice for Clarke to win the cricketer of the year award.

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    What does SA player hv to do to win any ICC award? SA players hv been consistant for the last yr n the rankings tel the story. I hv a problem with de Cricketer of the yr award, Clearly Amla deserved it, He helped SA clinch test series wins away n his average in odis speaks for itself, SA play fewer matches in a yr which means less oppotunities in scoring runs but still consistant in winning. As im reading the comments clarke performed in tests only n nt in odis, he does nt even make ICC odi team list. Clearly SA players r overlooked, last yr ws the same thing. Maybe the panel is the problem. We all knw Amla deserves sumthing. If ws him i ws nt gonna attend any of the future ICC award ceremonies. Congradulations Clarke

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    You have to ask ..... "What is the basis of this award??"

    ICC Rankings

    M.J. Clarke Test - 3 (884pts) ODI - 12 (677pts) T20 - Not in Top 100

    A.B. de Villiers Test - 1 (909pts) ODI - 1 (872pts) T20 - 38 (469pts)

    H.M. Amla Test - 2 (898pts) ODI - 3 (839pts) T20 - 40 (468pts)

    V. Kohli Test - 20 (634pts) ODI - 2 (859Pts) T20 - 3 (749Pts)

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Take a look at the voting period before going all jingoistic about who deserved the ODI prize. The link is given in the article itself. This period coincided with a relatively lean phase for Kohli. The only other batsman who would have given Sanga a run for the prize is probably Dilshan but Sanga with his wicketkeeping probably edges him out as well.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    No Ajmal ? Hmm, quite disappointing but I think he will get in 2013 for sure.

  • Tamilpower on December 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Well I think MS Dhoni has certainly been hard done! He is the No 1 cricketer in the world right now! ODI surely Misbah deserved it more than Sanga! India and SA are crying over getting two tests... I agree but what about Pakistan and Sri Lanka who are getting around 2 test match series about twice a year! In truth the ICC is a antiquated out of date system! I back Indian board in confronting ICC but they need to take the leader mantle and really lead from the front! First despite the political shenanigans they need to get Pakistan involved again! The Indo-Pak test series is far greater than the Ashes! More passion, excitement and real drama! Its not about the form but on the day performance! Also without a doubt India has the best young batters going...Virat Kholi, Diwan, Sharma and Pujara! No doubt Clark a good batter but as a captain??? Remember same captain and same team that both England and India hammered so recently! MS Dhoni best player captain!

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    kohli was a failure

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Don't for get that Sanga is an all rounder too , this award is for the ODI cricketer of the year not ODI batsman of the year.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    I agree with Greatest_Game .... Clarke is definitely Test Cricketer of the Year but not Cricketer of the Year.

    Interesting to note that in the three games mentioned in this story where he posted big scores, Australia did not win one of these games.

    I think that MJC, with the help of BOOF, has finally come to realise that cricket is a team sport.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Kumar Dharmasena is the best umpire in the world ..

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I think more than sangakkara, virat kohli or Misbah should have been better as far as odi cricketer award is concerned, but still i think virat kohli is the one for odi cricketer of the year not becoz I'm an Indian becoz he truely deserves n the basis of innings he played in India against aussies and also in Champions trophy..

  • Niketh2000 on December 13, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Broad should have been given spirit of cricket award!

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Since England has no young talent so they keep saying Joe root...Joe root. C'on guys...What pujara have done so far root can not even imagine. Since india have got best batting line up so pujara is unable to cement his place but still he is far better player than Root.

  • CodandChips on December 13, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I would have preferred De Villiers for the general player of the year award because he is the best across all 3 formats. But Clarke was easily most deserving for the test award.

    Why on earth is Pujara emerging player? He only plays one format. Joe Root has has success in all 3 formats.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    oe Root would have been the better choice for Emerging player of the year Award in place of Pujara

  • eyballfallenout on December 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @ Grantieboi, Clrkes average was 70 odd! may be you can't read….

  • Waves239 on December 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Australia and England are the only teams consistently playing traditional cricket than any other nation, thanks for the vengeance "The Ashes". There is some serious problem with scheduling Foreign Tour Program.

    Where is the word called COMEBACK in a test series with two test matches? If first is lost obviously there is no point in winning the test series. This is the primary reason why home teams recently got better of visitors. Give some space to breathe to visitors in adjusting to the conditions. Not easy always! Even champion team SA struggled in first test in UAE against PAK, came back hard in the second and series dying for at least one more! No.1 team SA and No.2 India are just playing 2 test matches, whatever the reason might be, is ridiculous news to cricket fans around the world.

    ICC should look at these aspects with content. Typical tour b/w two test nations must be 2 practice games, 4 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20s! We the cricket fans want GOOD CRICKET to prosper.

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Irfan was good option for emerging cricketer of the year.. i don't know why he has been left

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Why are S.A. number one? The top spots are taken by AB and Amla with Smith also in the top ten best batsman in test cricket. The top two spots in bowling is also by South Africans, Steyn and Philander, with Morkel just outside the the top 10. S.A. also has arguably the greatest all-rounder to have played the game in the form of Jacques Kallis.

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Congrats Sanga...What a batsman, now have all the awards possible..and congratz to all other winners. well done!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    congrates kumara sangakkara!!!!

  • vsroc on December 13, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (December 13,2013) It is heartening to know that Cheteshwar Pujara has been selected as Emerging Cricketer of the Year.He richly deserves the award.This award will make him to get many more laurels and awards in cricket.

  • CricketChat on December 13, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Clarke is most deserving of this award even if he wasn't the highest scorer. No frills, games or tricks. Does what a top class batsmen is expected to do for his team, be there when your team needs you and score runs. His problematic back means he won't last into his 40s, but if he can hang on into his late 30s, he can still break some batting records.

  • Pappu_bhai on December 13, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Mohiuddin Abdul Quadir--Who is this Mominul?Is he a batsman or bowler?Which team he is playing?

    Bro we are talking about cricket.Dont bring any other games heroes here.

  • John_Geo on December 13, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I could see many negative comments. Well..., I am not an expert of cricket, but one thing becomes very apparent when one goes through the award winners list. The awards were neither driven by the commercial powers of cricket nor big names. Some big names are missing and for that matter some countries too. Winners seem to have been recognized for quality rather than quantity. For this aspect, the credit should be given to ICC and the judges (though I haven't the foggiest idea who they were).

  • on December 13, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Clarke doesn't deserve the ICC Cricketer of the Year... it's an all-encompassing Award and should have probably gone to Amla who'se stats in Tests are as good as Clarke (South Africa don't get as much cricket as the BIG Three) and has good numbers in ODIs during the time as well. Also, his 100s in England lead South Africa to win the Test mace and be the first team to beat England in England since 2008 (SA again).

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 13, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    The period over which performances are considered for the awards does not make any sense. If you want to give awards do it the 12 months right before the award month. Even that is not accurate, since some one could play really well 6 months in the last 12 months and 12 months in this period. Even the ICC point is not good, since it is an accumulation over very longer period. So, the best way is to have a rolling over point system for a 2 year period, if required weighted point system towards recent performances and then use those points, every year for the award. That way you could handle the awards better. ICC, Please fix it, it does not make sense to look at some 12 month period and award it.

  • adeng on December 13, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Congrats to Clarke, deserving of this award or not, he did well this year. I really feel sorry for Amla, however, and find it strange that South African players were largely overlooked despite being the best test team by far in the world at the moment. I guess that shows how no player is bigger than the team.

  • on December 13, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Where is Mominul?? Momiul has played realy well in this Year in just 5 matches. Why ICC are not responsing Bangladesh cricket team.. Can Icc give more Mathches. For Bangladesh.. Only 8 test matches in 2 years.. Bangladesh Only Played 77 Test matches in 13 years.. And Kevin Peterson Played 100 test matches in just 8 years. And clarke will complete 100 test match till just 4 days to go.. Icc just Responsing India.. Can ICC give a change to bangladesh and other country.. like Kenya,Canada,Afghanistan are Only Playing T20.. England,Australia and India are playing minimum 30-35 matches in this year..

  • on December 13, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    with all the recent rule changes and ICC trying way over his head to make it a batsmen's game only, bowlers have done remarkably well but still the most prestigious awards go to batsman !!! and for those who think Clarke deserved it, the last time I checked it was a team game and the most prestigious should then be based on the value contributed towards winning matches just not scores and howcome one of his awards is based on the runs he scored and the other one is based on his batting avg???

    Ironically if you click on the stats posted here they are only for batting, bowlers don't even make the list ..WOW

  • Suggsy on December 13, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    To all those saying Kohli didn't win single-handedly, I have to remind you guys of his 133* against Sri Lanka and 183 vs Pakistan? Again, he may not deserve the ODI award this year but Sangakkara winning more matches single handedly isn't backed up at all. No denying his class and worth to the team though.

  • alipk52 on December 13, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Only Clarke award is looking perfect to me, he's a kind of skipper I want in Pakistan team, most often than not he led from the front, I am also feeling that Aron finch blistering 150+ against England in a t20i deserved award of best t20 performance, umar gul's brilliant 5 wicket haul for 6 runs also seems correct, Pujara's award is the most unacceptable out of them All, Kohli deserved that, although Kohli is completely uncapable batsman overseas, but his home achievements needed to be considered :)

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 13, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    @ Pakistanvictorious Completely agree with you. Misbah deserved the award for WINNING matches for his country.

  • on December 13, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Good times for Pak cric. First Waqar, now Gul and Ajmal also rewarded. Hope we can wrap it up with win in T20 and become No. 1.

  • reason-galore on December 13, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    why don't they make the awards after a calander year which accounts for world records and such and all the stats... why make it from august to august?

  • on December 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Congratulations to Umer Gull for getting best performance in T2020 cricket. Umer Gull is really the best bowler in history of T2020 cricket and master of yorkers at the death overs with ability to get large amount of wicket.

    Pakistan is certainly missing Umer gull in T2020 cricket these days because of his injury. Best of luck Umer gull. I wish to see you in T2020 WC in 2014.

  • on December 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Not even single award is a right choice....

  • on December 13, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Clarke deserved it cause he scored runs. doesn't matter if his team lost the matches. some people on here haven't got a clue. wake up and look at the stats.

  • Pakistanvictorious on December 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    During the considered period Sangakkara played 26 ODI matches only 8 of them overseas, Sri Lanka managed to win only 4 of them, while Misbah ul Haq played 16 out of 22 ODI matches overseas (6 were in UAE) Pakistan Manged to win 9 out 16 overseas matches two were tied and only 5 were lost. Sangakkara might be more deserving but Misbah was not considered for the award, are these awards credible?.

  • theprince24 on December 13, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @CRLShamalka : Here is the stats which you have wished for!!! His record while chasing!! Mat Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 48 2701 183 84.40 95.98 11 13

    Come on wat yo gonna say abt these???!! These are all simple stats?! Sanga is a legend but Kohli is a legend in the making!!

  • SaadRocx on December 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Clarke deserved it...Always the lone man standing for Australia..:) Untill this Ashes :) Performs Everywhere ,Everytime :)

  • on December 13, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    some people whom are questioning about the award system , please click the stats links that cricinfo have provided in this article, rather than reading only the topic .

  • Pakistanvictorious on December 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    How can Clarke be given cricketer of the year award when his team was thrashed in India and England and he himself failed miserably in both series. What has he done in ODI cricket. Pujara is a great prospect but he did not play a single game overseas in the mentioned period, how could he get emerging player of the year.

  • crickeymate on December 13, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    It's not Clarke's fault that he played 12 tests and Amla only 6. Averages have nothing to do with it. Otherwise it could have been 20 tests against 3 tests and averages of 56 against 90. However, I do understand peoples argument regarding the odi's. Ian saying all this I wouldn't have had any objection if Hashim Amla had won this award.

  • on December 13, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    I think smith's double century against Pakistan at Dubai was the best test innings in the year. he came in at a difficult time and scored in unknown conditions to him and also on a wicket which had turn and bounce. And mostly against a very versatile and attacking bowling attack of Pakistan.

  • Baiju177 on December 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Worst decision from the panel. Amla or DeVillers deserves 'Cricketer of the Year' DeVillers deserves 'ODI Cricketer of the Year' too

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Congratulations Kumaa !!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Clarke could not reach no.1 and got the award.

  • roook on December 13, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    No Bowler in the ICC honours that totally biased. Steyn, Ajmal, phildander, Junaild khan, broad they have produced match winning performances why bowlers are neglected. Steyn is remarkable for last couple of years if batting is criteria then finish these fielding restriction and powerplays then it is even

  • AltafPatel on December 13, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    They lost 4-0 in India, nearly 4-0 in England, still won the award ! Why Amla with 311* in England, 196 on deadly Pearth track last year, on which both occasions lead team to series victory, was not better than Clarke's 1 win in last 8 tests before Ashes?

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    The ranks or gifts doesn't make any sense because when the time come (i.e. team needs you) the player who respond to the situation is the best batsmen or the best bowler. Awards are another way for making ICC important or Value its decisions.

  • Blade-Runner on December 13, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    I thought Joe Root deserved to win the Emerging Cricketer of the Year award coz he's scored runs both at home and away unlike Pujara. On other hand, Joe Root is an emerging Cricketer by the definition coz he debuted in 2012 unlike Pujara who debuted in 2010.

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Ah, yes, the best test team in the world for the last 4 years gets nothing. These awards mean less and less every year. What a joke

    Well played to South Africa, and for their love of the game

  • Greatest_Game on December 13, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    A joke. Amla was the #1 ranked ODI and Test cricket player. That is a Cricketer of the Year. Clark succeeded in tests only. Clarke did NOTHING in ODIs except be below average. I can see an argument for him taking the test cricket nomination, but really, cricketer of the year for what? Losing series to South Africa, England and India - the worst captain of the year.

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara's debut was way back in 2010 against Australia, quite sensible award of emerging cricketer for 2013......

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    I don't really understand this. In the last 12 months Australia and England have each played 14 test. Compared to SA and Ind only 7! Surely the stats are incorrect because the likes of Alma or Dhoni will miss out, not having had the same opportunities to play as many test and innings to score runs? The Ashes series being so long is making it very difficult for others to compete or schedule test matches in the calendar period.

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Amla,Steyn and the whole SA team dont need the awards really they are playing well and evrybody knows they are the best...so the only motivation they need is not material its the inner spirit,the inner fight and the competition knowing that they dont do it just for us to enjoy but for the love of the game.Go protea!

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Awarding Umar Gul T20 Performance of the Year is strange, since that particular performance wasn't deemed good enough to win him man of the match award

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Well done pup, I congratulate you.

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Umar Gul won T20 Peformance of the year award

  • on December 13, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    where is ms dhoni he is winner of people choice award..

  • bijja on December 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Well done, Sanga and Mahela. You deserve these awards.

  • Unomaas on December 13, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    The amount of Cricket played by SA in last 5 years has waned. Our active period is from October -April. From May till October, SA cricket goes into hibernation with many cricketers going to foreign leagues and plying their trades or spending time with their families. This is most probably one of the reason's why Saffa's usually don't get nominated for these awards...we simply just don't play enough cricket to build momentum.

    This is not a bad thing though. We might play less cricket than the rest of the world cricket powers but it hasn't diminished our consistency or potency. IN fact, it has been rather beneficial.

    I do however hope that our cricketers get some recognition soon. We are currently in a golden age of SA cricket and one can't but wonder if their is a conspiracy against us.

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Clarke is by far the best test batsman going around.. With all the respect towards Hashim Amla..

  • ajithabey on December 13, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Congrats to Mahela and Sanga in particular and all the other award winners. You have proved your worth by your fantastic contribution to the game of cricket. May you all be role models to the emerging cricketers in the future.

  • Brownly on December 13, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Some people have the strangest gripes with these awards. No Pakistan name - Umar Gul (T20 international performance of the year). Hashim Amla is "struggling" to get any award - he was shortlisted for the top award. One of three people. That's not struggling. Also the suggestion that this list is dominated by England and Australia is rubbish.

    Aus - 2 (both Michael Clarke) Eng - 1 Ire - 1 SL - 2 NZ - 1 Ind - 1 Pak - 1

  • RoyRulez on December 13, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Michael Clarke gets ICC Cricketer of the Year ahead of Hashim Amla!!! And I thought these mistakes happen only in People's Choice category!!!

    Can the panel please explain what has been Clarke's contribution in ODIs??? As per statistics, Clarke averaged 36 in ODIs against Hashim's 56!!!

    Also, even though he had an exceptional year in Test matches but his dominance came mostly at home while Hash smashed tons in England and Australia!!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    No surprise. Clarke was best in tests. sanga is top scorer in odis. But i think the main player who missed out was R Jadeja. Jadeja should be either cricketer of year or odi player. He had 47 avg with bat and also got good wickets. MOS in CT. I think his allround performance in odis deserved at least one of the awards. And all 3 sanga, clarke & jadeja could have got 1.

    Anyway no big surprises. I was not expecting any one else to win from the nominations. Amla was superb in both formats but clarke scored more .

  • wrenx on December 13, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Muhammad Kashif Umar Gul is on the list

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Congratulations PUP! great player. Congo to Kevin also, IPL franchises must look at him.

  • arun141 on December 13, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara is a very good batsman. I do not know what the indian selectors and Dhoni have against him that they are not willing to try him in ODIs. Suresh Raina has continuous failures against short pitch bowling and even then he makes to the team. Dhoni says he is a good fielder and part time bowler. But he is in the team as regular batsman. So that should be checked first. I hail Dhoni for continuously playing his favorite players.

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Where is hashim amla hes no 1 performer. And hes most consistent player :/

  • Harmony111 on December 13, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore:

    When Kohli helped India chase 350 for the 2nd time vs Aussies a few weeks back, he did it in Nagpur. do you know how large the boundaries were there? They were 80 metres long. For comparison, MCG, the largest ground in the world has 82 metre boundaries.

    If Kohli can score 100s on grounds that are among the largest in the world, that too when chasing really stiff targets then it is no argument that he scores in small grounds. Point is, he has the ability to score big runs in big grounds too so he will score runs in small grounds anyhow. His Hobart's 138* didn't come in India or in a small ground fyi.

    Further, what makes you think that SL have grounds that are much different from the Indian grounds? Where was the highest team total in tests scored btw?

    Finally, what exactly has Kohli done that you object to his behaviour? Do you like Kallis btw if we talk of behaviour?

  • on December 13, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    I did not see any name from Pak Cricket.

  • Pioneer on December 13, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    why aleen dir is being ignored time and time again.

  • Sunman81 on December 13, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    The spirit of the game award should have been awarded to all the Zimbabweans test cricketers for their effort to play a test match even without receiving their pay...that's what you call true spirit... unfortunate that none of the judges spotted this!

  • Blade-Runner on December 13, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    The ICC Spirit of Cricket - Mahela Jayawardene - for for walking before being given out while he was on 91 in a Test match against New Zealand and it happened at a very crucial stage of the match .

    Interestingly Jayawardene had been nominated for the award by rival New Zealand players.

    Hats off to MJ for playing the game in the right spirit and to New Zealand players for acknowledging it.

    MJ, a legend in every aspect !!!!

  • Sunman81 on December 13, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    The man who replaced his captaincy to save penalty for slow over rate has been awared the spirit of Cricket award... I know it was not this year, but still he Doesn't deserve this at the moment...

  • marubini on December 13, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    No this is unfair,when will amla win these awards when he is been by far the best cricketer for a while nw.I wanna knw how the icc conducts their votes.

  • cricketrocksssss on December 13, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Its strange that hashim amla is still struggling to get any award and he is a fantastic crickter.oh sorry he is not from England or Australia.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    where is ajmal???? he is always on the top but .... fine one day he will b honoured along amla

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    AMLA is not crickter of the year???? oooo come on ICC

  • MelbourneMiracle on December 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @ theprince24: You thought I have no work other than finding Kholi's stats? If you're so much in love with Kholi, why don't you come up with the stats to prove that he has won many matches than Sanga single handedly? He always comes on to bat when the foundation is laid by Dhawan and Rohit. See how he has failed miserably in SA since Dhawan and Rohit cannot lay a good platform in contrast to Sanga's case. Sanga most of the times comes to bat when one of the openers gets out early. And he has to face the new ball from the word go. Anyway there's no comparison between legendary Sangakkara and over-hyped Kholi. Sanga has equally teared the bowling attacks apart of Kholi's generation and before Kholi's generation. Kholi is still a kid. Just because he has the better of Malinga, he's not world's best batsman. He has to overtake batsman like Sanga, Amla, Clarke, KP to be considered as best. He's a good batsman but certainly very much behind Sanga's class.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    cricketer of the year award should have gone to amla. clarke failed in india in march series and I fact wrong in the article was about pujara yet to make a odi dubet. Pujara played 2 odi in zimbawbe

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @ OceanSaffa

    If Amla was a wicket keeper, captain or an all rounder then he probably would have. Mind you he was not first or second in the 'voting period' for runs scored.. Have you actually looked at how the top '100 test batsman' are rated? Quite a few of them don't even play test cricket anymore! Its somewhat random and 'time consuming' on how those ranks are accumulated. Sure he has been good over 5 years, but over the last 'voting period'? Hmm I am not so sure

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @CRLShamalka., i can understand your frustration and anger coz Indians have whipped SL so much in the recent past, remember the final match in WI?...hehehe..btw how many matches has Sanga won singlehandedly..let me know!

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Congratulations, Michael Clarke for winning cricketer of the year award....for performing only in australia and failing everywhere else! What a great cricketer of the year!

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Pujara is yet to make his ODI debut..?? he made his ODI debut in Zim series two months back without any success .. correct me if am wrong.

  • Mayank_Saxena1286 on December 13, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @ CRLShamalka - First of all correct your Knowledge about cricket, Srilankan Cricket Team don't perform well outside of Srilanka, here is the record of Srilankan Team Test Matches outside Srilanka, Total Match Outside Srilanka - 109, Won - 19, Lost - 54, Draw - 36, so clearly you can find that Sri Lanka is only good in Home not good in outside Sri Lanka.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    it is great to hear the story of spirit of cricket award. Mahela's name was proposed by opponents. so the spirit is not game is not dead as yet. so keep it up guys .love your plays.we watch it n enjoy because of you .one last point about sanga.. though at 36 , you play like 20s. so pretty sure you will go for more runs in next years. though not expected those awards will follow him. lucky to have you..btw what happened to the awards of best moments of the game?? those were quite exited ..please include next time.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Why is there no International T20 Male Player of the Year? If there was, it should've been won by either Eoin Morgan of England or Jos Buttler of England.

  • ayesh.don on December 13, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    all ara talking about sanga.. what about mahela's award. it is more valuable than any of others for me.bcz it about cricket. cricket is gentlemen's game.thats why virat haven't select any awards.

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    SAeed Ajmal left out again

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Pujara is yet to make his ODI debut..?? Seriously!! when was this article written.??

  • FiraazFysal on December 13, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Congrats all, Indians plays most number of matches than any, but they could not grab any.

  • OceanSaffa on December 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I guess Amla will never win any award. The best batsman for the past 5 years and nothing goes his way. I think if he was from Oz, Eng or Ind he would win. But i hope all cricket supporters who is the real Test Cricketer of the year.

  • Blade-Runner on December 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I'm quite happy with all these award recipients except one. I truly believe that The ICC Cricketer of the year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) should have gone to Hashim Amla. Clarke's the test cricketer of the year award is well deserved but not the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. Amla excelled in 3 formats unlike Clarke. And, I'm happy that Dhoni didn't receive a single award. I mean, he didn't even deserve to be on that shortlist in the first place. wanh..wanh..

  • on December 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Selecting Clarke as Test Cricketer of the Year without Amla is same as selecting Warne for All time Eleven without Murali,

  • Dinno on December 13, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    I can understand Clarke being awarded Test cricketer of the year but to be chosen cricketer of the year the performance from all three formats (atleast tests and ODIs) has to be taken into consideration along with the fact how the cricketer carries himself on and off the field. Clarke despite being prolific was also involved in homewrok gate etc. I seriously hope Hashim Amla wins it one day.

  • theprince24 on December 13, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    @CRLShamalka.. Kohli didnt win matches single handedly?!?! I hope u r not speaking abt football here!! check the stats and come up again!! Grow up kid!!

  • Prats6 on December 13, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Good to see Pujara being appreciated. Hope someone starts understanding the same in India.

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    well done sangakara. kohli doesn't deserve it cause he only played good in the last two months.

  • Suggsy on December 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @Sandy_bangalore, Sangakkara may deserve the ODI award this year, but are the tracks he played on in Sri Lanka really that much better than the ones Kohli played on in India?

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Ab de Villiers and hashim amla again ignored by icc where they remained top 2 players in both format in last 2 years.they played less matches than anyone else.icc should judge average not runs! Unfair decision!

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Sanga: I don't need other two because i already got them. I'll try for other one this time......Got it..

  • Blade-Runner on December 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Well..well..well. King Sanga did it again. What a legend. He didn't get to play enough test matches to bag the Test cricketer of year award. But he made it up with piling on the runs in ODI format. My Heartiest congratulations to legendary Kumar "The King" Sangakkara !!!

    Its not a surprise that Mahela Jayawardene received the Spirit of Cricket award as he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the game of cricket. Congratz Mahela !!! You are the champ.

    "Waltz Sangakkara, Waltz Sangakkara -- Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today - - Who's that trundling in - just hit him for a six or four -- Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today...."

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Sangakkara made 1033 runs in 18 innings with over 70 average, and the 169 as high score. Kohli made 1268 runs in 30 innings with average of 52, and the high score as 115*. Then catches, stumping, spirit of the cricket. Completely Sanga deserve than any other. Congrats both Mahela and Sanga....and all who won awards..

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    glad to see Sanga and Mahela winning. two of them have been the sri lankan batting lineup worth mentioning along with dilshan. and more than anything else they are so down to earth human beings. congratulations to them and to their families

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    An award that can only be won once I believe

  • MelbourneMiracle on December 13, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @ ashankar and Mayank_Saxena1286: Let the kid to enjoy his game a bit more and come closer to Sanga. At this point, Kholi is well behind since he hasn't won many matches single-handedly like Sanga has. If Sanga is surrounded by a luxury of batsmen like Kholi does and got more number of matches under his belt, he would've batted more freely and added few more hundreds to his tally. In Sri Lankan, we've got some fast and turning pitches comparing with Indian but in India, all the pitches are mere flat tracks where there's no pace, bounce and spin. And that is the reason why BCCI is always organizing tours in India so their FTBs can pummel the bowlers at their will. Mind you, Cricket is a game of both batsmen and bowlers. Bowlers should get equal assistance from the surface to have a game on. That's why your team India has failed in SA on sporty pitches.

  • Jonah58 on December 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Very surprised Hashim Amla did not get one of the awards, Clarke has had a good year yes but so too has Amla.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on December 13, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Clarke? I'm an Aussie and this is a surprise. Is it based on the last 2 tests?

  • Grantieboi on December 13, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Yes I am South African.. But how does Amls miss out AGAIN?? Clarke plays 12 Tests Amla plays 6.. Clarke averages 50 odd and Amla averages 70 odd.. Which inluded tours to Aus and Eng.. Very confused..

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    The jury has made the right choice and award the winners.

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Sangakkara is one of the "most polished and prudent of batsmen" in cricket. ICC ODI Player of the Year 2011 Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2012 Wisden Leading Cricketer, 2012 LG People's Choice Award 2011, 2012 ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2012 ICC Cricketer of the Year 2012 ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2013

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Well done sanga, I feel sorry for virat missing out this year, may be he will change his attitude to win everyone heart

  • Surajdon9 on December 13, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Sanga you best.Just love you..

  • Nishara_Silva on December 13, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Good luck Mahela. You have been a true gentlement in the game of cricket. Keep up the good work. May your new member bring more luck to our cricket career.

  • sandy_bangalore on December 13, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    I am actually quite glad to see Sangakkara win the ODI award ahead of Virat Kohli, who played most of the time on pancake flat tracks and small grounds(rajkot, bangalore,indore etc). And his behavior just makes it tough to like him even for Indians, so quite happy looking at the overall list :)

  • ayesh.don on December 13, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @ashankar buz virat only score inside india. but sanga not like that he score around the world

  • Nishara_Silva on December 13, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Good luck Sanga....You made Sri Lanka proud.Keep it up...real Gentleman.

  • on December 13, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Good to see the name of UMER GUL in Twenty20 International Performance of the Year..all d best PAKistan team.

  • KerneelsMerkII on December 13, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong, but the period under review included SA's tours of Eng and Aus?

    I guess we should count our blessings. At least Anderson did not get Player or Test Player of the year.

  • ayesh.don on December 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    well-done sanga.he win icc awards in continuous manner

  • ashankar on December 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Why not Kohli for the ODI cricketer of the year? Is that a rule that Sanga should be given some sort of award every year?!

  • Mayank_Saxena1286 on December 13, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Virat Kohli Deserve the ODI Cricketer Of The Year Award insist of Kumar Sangakkara.

  • Falew on December 13, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Good decision about Kumar Sangakkara.His batting average is too high compared to other top ranked batsmen.70+ batting average,90+ batting strike rate,1000+ runs are capable enough to be a best ODI cricketer of the year.Actually 2013 year is a dream year for our CLASSIC SANGA.Keep it up Sanga.We need your current performance for year 2014 and 2015 as well.Thumbs up for CLASSIC SANGA (Y)

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Michael Clarke and Kumar Sangakkara deserve those awards. Clarke has been outstanding, so has Sanga been. Pujara could be the Indian hero when it comes to tests after the greats in Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS decided to watch cricket with their families rather than with the team. Kevin O'Brian is by far the best Associate player. These selections do make sense and all the award winners deserve them. Congratulations to all players, who won and was nominated.

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    The rest of the Aussies must have been poor! They've had a shocking year!

  • Romanticstud on December 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    How does Michael Clarke get the award ahead of Hashim Amla ... I do not understand ... sure he played in a lot more tests but his average is nowhere near Hashim Amla's 73 to 56 ...

  • amananjupankhuri on December 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    something for India with Cheteshwar Pujara being named Emerging player of the year ..... lets see how he emerges in SA tough playing conditions n their fast n relentless bowling attack .... all d best to the Indian team

  • ShubhamAustralian on December 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    So performance is being awarded and cherished by ICC. The only cricketer to score 4 test double hundreds in a single calendar year gets the top 2 awards. Congrats Michael Clarke.

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  • ShubhamAustralian on December 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    So performance is being awarded and cherished by ICC. The only cricketer to score 4 test double hundreds in a single calendar year gets the top 2 awards. Congrats Michael Clarke.

  • amananjupankhuri on December 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    something for India with Cheteshwar Pujara being named Emerging player of the year ..... lets see how he emerges in SA tough playing conditions n their fast n relentless bowling attack .... all d best to the Indian team

  • Romanticstud on December 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    How does Michael Clarke get the award ahead of Hashim Amla ... I do not understand ... sure he played in a lot more tests but his average is nowhere near Hashim Amla's 73 to 56 ...

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    The rest of the Aussies must have been poor! They've had a shocking year!

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Michael Clarke and Kumar Sangakkara deserve those awards. Clarke has been outstanding, so has Sanga been. Pujara could be the Indian hero when it comes to tests after the greats in Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS decided to watch cricket with their families rather than with the team. Kevin O'Brian is by far the best Associate player. These selections do make sense and all the award winners deserve them. Congratulations to all players, who won and was nominated.

  • Falew on December 13, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Good decision about Kumar Sangakkara.His batting average is too high compared to other top ranked batsmen.70+ batting average,90+ batting strike rate,1000+ runs are capable enough to be a best ODI cricketer of the year.Actually 2013 year is a dream year for our CLASSIC SANGA.Keep it up Sanga.We need your current performance for year 2014 and 2015 as well.Thumbs up for CLASSIC SANGA (Y)

  • Mayank_Saxena1286 on December 13, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Virat Kohli Deserve the ODI Cricketer Of The Year Award insist of Kumar Sangakkara.

  • ashankar on December 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Why not Kohli for the ODI cricketer of the year? Is that a rule that Sanga should be given some sort of award every year?!

  • ayesh.don on December 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    well-done sanga.he win icc awards in continuous manner

  • KerneelsMerkII on December 13, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong, but the period under review included SA's tours of Eng and Aus?

    I guess we should count our blessings. At least Anderson did not get Player or Test Player of the year.