South Africa news September 9, 2013

Amla, de Villiers dominate CSA awards


Hashim Amla has become the third South African to be named as Cricket South Africa (CSA) Cricketer of the Year on two separate occasions, after previously winning the award in 2010. Amla joins Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011) as the only dual winners of the award.

That was not all for Amla, as he picked up four awards on the night, including Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year, SA Fan's Player of the Year and the KFC 'So Good' Award for his unbeaten 311 against England last year.

The awards night, organised by CSA in Sandton on Monday, sought to hail international and domestic players who put in remarkable performances over the 2012-13 season. The period under consideration ended in June, so South Africa's poor Champions Trophy campaign and series in Sri Lanka were excluded.

Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, gave full praise to the team and Amla for their performances over the year. "This has been another amazing year for our top players," Lorgat said. "It is not easy to keep finding special words to speak about Hashim. He has set South Africa record Test scores against both England and Australia, and he is the first player to score a Test treble century for our country. As if that is not remarkable enough, he is also the No. 1 rated player on the ICC rankings for Test and ODI batsmen.

"The greatest quality he brings to the game is his attitude and humility, which aptly displays the true spirit of cricket. This transcends all his international statistics and we are indeed very lucky to have such a wonderful role model for our children to emulate."

AB de Villiers, the South Africa ODI captain, was also among the accolades as he was named Momentum ODI Cricketer of the Year and the SA Players' Player of the Year. Dale Steyn was the KFC T20 International Cricketer of the Year, while Kyle Abbott, who picked up 7 for 29 on Test debut against Pakistan in February, was the SA Newcomer of the Year. Marizanne Kapp, who played for South Africa during the 2013 Women's World Cup in India, rounded off the evening with the award for Momentum women's Cricketer of the Year.

On the domestic front, Cape Cobras' Johann Louw was selected as Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season. Geoffrey Toyana, the Lions coach, who this season became the first black African coach in the domestic structure, was handed the distinction of Coach of the Year. Richard Levi, who also plays for Cobras, was awarded Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year, while Lions' Quinton de Kock picked up Ram Slammer of the Season.

Kyle Abbott was hailed as the Domestic Player's Player of the Year, while Lions were handed the CSA Fair Play Award. Roelof van der Merwe, playing for Titans, was awarded as SACA Most Valuable Player, while Warriors' Ayabulela Gqamane was given the distinction of being Domestic Newcomer of the Year.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Muhammad Sohaib on September 11, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    No Matter which team you support. You Simply can not hate this Guy. Congratulations Hashim Amla :) You are a true sports man.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Amla deserved this award.As far as comparison goes, i feel every cricketer is unique.It is pointless to compare cricketing legends such Mr.Tednulkar ,Mr.Dravid or Sir Don Bradman with Mr.Amla or with each other.Everyone was best during their time and i feel everyone is in their own.

  • John on September 11, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @MrGarreth: LOL! I heard that one from Steyn, "It was a classic Steyn reply!" It reminded me of when SA toured Eng last time when he told the press that Eng may be ranked #1 on ICC, but in his mind, he knows who's #1.

  • Denver on September 10, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Well done Hash, an absolutely intelligent cricketer. We want a 400 run knock this summer. You have done the proteas proud.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    MashaAllah Mabrook brother! yes he deserve such all of this. Also i would love say he is a good fielder as well and as a opener always a great pressure on the batsman but he always keep himself cool.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Probably the Most Loved & Less Haters Belong to Mighty Hash!! What a Champ.. Take a Bow Man!!

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 8:31 GMT


    Backer Mca praised all for Hashim with true spirit & sportsmanship. He had all kind of respect for the game of cricket as well as some greats of cricket like Rahul Dravid. What you are doing is nothing but absurding comments about Dravid & more SRT. Hashim is a class act but played a little bit of ODI cricket even though he made Test debut in 2004. Perhaps Proteas had very strong unit & also reasons for not including him till 2008. Whereas Dravid & SRT played a large quantity in both forms of cricket and performed equally excellent. Hence your comparison factors (SR & average) seemed to be very short in context as Hashim played only 70+ ODIs (SRT & WALL played more than 340+ ODIs). Get Well Soon Buddy.

    Having said that AB & Hashim are class acts. Well done & keep it up!!!!

  • ata on September 10, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Respect to Amla and AB Villiers. Amla continues to grow as a player and display, how great he is going to be for the game and his SA. Well done hope they win world cup 2015

  • shiva on September 10, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Amla is no Dravid, Dravid id the wall but he cannot play his own game in ODI's meanwhile Amla is perfect example of a cricketer of test and ODI's. You can call him Dravid of tests and Tendulkar of ODI's (though Amla's avg and SR are way better than tendulkar)

  • Garreth on September 10, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    What I loved best about the award ceremony was afterwards when they asked Steyn if he watched the Ashes. He replied: "No. Should I be? No." Classic.