Zaheer nominated in three categories at ICC awards

Zaheer Khan was the joint highest wicket takers at the 2011 World Cup Getty Images

Dubai: Aug 10, 2011

India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has been nominated in three different categories at the ICC Awards 2011.

Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann from England, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla from South Africa and Shane Watson from Australia feature prominently in the long-lists for the awards, which will take place at a dazzling ceremony in London, England on 12 September.

In addition, there are 11 players who are nominated in two distinct categories.

‘The ICC Awards presents a wonderful opportunity for the ICC, in association with FICA and a myriad of cricket fans, to acknowledge and reward the brilliant performances of the world’s best cricketers,” said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

“It is also a chance to look back on some of the great cricketing feats witnessed in the past year, including from our flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup. This will be the eighth Awards edition and once again the voting academy will face a tough task in deciding the winners,” he added.

The long-lists of nominations were made by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd. The panel also includes former international players Mike Gatting of England, Danny Morrison of New Zealand, Paul Adams of South Africa and Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas.

The individual player awards will be selected by an academy of 25 highly credentialed cricket personalities from around the world. The academy includes a host of former players and respected members of the media, representatives of the Emirates Elite Panels of ICC Umpires and ICC Match Referees.

There is also an Emerging Player of the Year award again this year. To qualify for that award a player must be under the age of 26 and have played fewer than five Tests and/or 10 ODIs and five T20Is at the start of the voting period.

The Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in all international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC Full Members.

List if nominations

Cricketer of the Year

Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ian Bell (Eng), Stuart Broad (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Rahul Dravid (Ind), Jacques Kallis (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Andrew Strauss (Eng), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Chris Tremlett (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)

Test Player of the Year

Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ian Bell (Eng), Stuart Broad (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Rahul Dravid (Ind), Jacques Kallis (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Ishant Sharma (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Chris Tremlett (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)

ODI Player of the Year

Hashim Amla (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus), MS Dhoni (Ind), Gautam Gambhir (Ind), Mohammed Hafeez (Pak), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind), Lasith Malinga (SL), Munaf Patel (Ind), Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Shakib Al Hasan (Bang), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Tim Southee (NZ), Dale Steyn (SA), Graeme Swann (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)

(ICC Media Release)