Dubai, August 28 (): Sachin Tendulkar has been shortlisted for the International Cricket Council Cricketer of the Year award, along with South Africa’s Hashim Amla and England’s Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook. The votes have now been casted by the independent 25-person academy and these four men are the ones in the running to receive the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year.
The winner will be announced on Sept. 12 in London, where he will be presented with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. Tendulkar won cricketer of the year in 2010, but Trott, Cook and Amla all present stiff opposition this time round.Trott and Cook have also been shortlisted for the separate ICC Test player of the year, alongside their England teammate James Anderson and South African all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, the ICC said in a statement.
In its statement, the ICC said the shortlists were created following votes by a panel of 25 “highly credentialed cricket personalities from around the world,” which included former players, umpires and members of the media.
This year’s LG ICC Awards includes 10 individual prizes, including the LG People’s Choice Award and also features a newly designed Spirit of Cricket Award which honors a moment by an international player that has most adhered to the Spirit of Cricket.
The long-lists 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 captains Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan and England’s Mike Gatting and New Zealand’s Danny Morrison and South Africa’s Paul Adams. Based on the period between 11 August 2010 and 3 August 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 – presented in association with FICA – take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.
That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the ICC Intercontinental Cup final, several ICC World Cricket Leagues as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series. The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its eighth year and this year it will be held in London, England. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009), Dubai (2008) and Bengaluru (2010).