x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Sangakkara leads ICC awards nominations

The Sri Lanka batsman-wicketkeeper is up for four awards in this year's ICC nominations - including cricketer of the year.

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates scoring his 30th Test century during the fourth day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Kumar Sangakkara celebrates scoring his 30th Test century during the fourth day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

COLOMBO // Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara leads the nominations for this year's International Cricket Council awards after picking up four nominations - including for player of the year.

But the 34-year-old faces stiff competition if he is to win the Garfield Sobers Trophy at next month's awards ceremony in Colombo.

The batsman-wicketkeeper is up against Australia captain Michael Clarke - currently skippering his side in the UAE against Pakistan - and South African duo Vernon Philander and Hashim Amla.

Amla recorded a remarkable 150 against England during the one day international this week to help secure victory for South Africa.

Sangakkara is also nominated for test cricketer of the year, along with nominations in the one-day and people's award categories.

Doug Bracewell of New Zealand, Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal, Sunil Narine of the West Indies and Australia's James Pattinson have been nominated for the emerging cricketer of the year award.

An independent 32-person panel comprising former players and representatives from the media, match referees and umpires drew up the shortlists.

Cricketers receiving the highest number of votes from the panel will be adjudged the winners.

Performances over a 12-month period that ended on August 6, 2012 were taken into account.


List of nominations for the International Cricket Council awards announced by the world governing body in Colombo on Thursday:

Cricketer of the year:
Hashim Amla (RSA)
Michael Clarke (AUS)
Vernon Philander (RSA)
Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

Test cricketer of the year:
Hashim Amla (RSA)
Michael Clarke (AUS)
Vernon Philander (RSA)
Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

One-day cricketer of the year:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND)
Virat Kohli (IND)
Lasith Malinga (SRI)
Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)

Women's one-day cricketer of the year:
Lydia Greenway (ENG)
Anisa Mohammed (WIS)
Sarah Taylor (ENG)
Stafanie Taylor (WIS)

Emerging cricketer of the year:
Doug Bracewell (NZL)
Dinesh Chandimal (SRI)
Sunil Narine (WIS)
James Pattinson (AUS)

Associate and Affiliate cricketer of the year:
George Dockrell (IRL)
Ed Joyce (IRL)
Kevin O'Brien (IRL)
Paul Stirling (IRL)
Dawlat Zadran (AFG)

Twenty20 international performance of the year:
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SRI) - 104 not out off 57 balls v Australia
Chris Gayle (WIS) - 85 not out off 52 balls v New Zealand
Richard Levi (RSA) - 117 not out off 51 balls v New Zealand
Ajantha Mendis (SRI) - six for 16 in four overs v Australia

Women's Twenty20 cricketer of the year:
Alyssa Healy (AUS)
Lisa Sthalekar (AUS)
Sarah Taylor (ENG)
Stafanie Taylor (WIS)

Umpire of the year:
Billy Bowden (NZL)
Aleem Dar (PAK)
Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
Simon Taufel (AUS)
Rodney Tucker (AUS)

Spirit of cricket award:
Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)
Jacques Kallis (RSA)
Daniel Vettori (NZL)
AB de Villiers (RSA)

People's choice award:
James Anderson (ENG)
Jacques Kallis (RSA)
Vernon Philander (RSA)
Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)
Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

Winners will be announced at the awards night in Colombo on September 15.