Only three male Indian cricketers figure in the fourth International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards 2007 that was announced in Mumbai on Tuesday. The list has Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene and Ricky Ponting in line for four individual awards.
Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan are among the 20 players in contention for the Test Player of the Year award while Yuvraj Singh has been nominated for the ODI player of the year.
All-rounder Rumeli Dhar and medium-pacer Jhulan Goswami, have been recommended for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year category.
The awards will be presented at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on September 10, the night before the inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup kicks off. Malcolm Speed, the ICC Chief Executive Officer, announced the list of nominees here on Tuesday.
While questions cannot be raised about Yuvraj’s nomination for the ODI Player award as he has scored 464 runs from 18 matches at an average of 42.18, the absence of the top three in the ODI list — Sachin Tendulkar (905 runs in 26 matches at 43.10), Rahul Dravid (773 from 27 at 38.65) and Sourav Ganguly (655 in 14 at 59.55) raised eyebrows.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf is in line for three individual awards. His joining the controversial Indian Cricket League has no bearing on the awards.
Speed said: "Yousuf’s future is irrelevant in the process of the award as he is considered for performances between August 9, 2006 and August 8, 2007."
"Yousuf is playing the best cricket of his career. My personal view will be that it will be disappointing not to see him in action in the forthcoming India-Pakistan series. Having said that, we don’t interfere with the member countries disciplining or not disciplining its players."
The nominations were made by a five-member panel chaired by former cricketers with Sunil Gavaskar as the chairman. The others are New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, South African opener Gary Kirsten, Pakistani left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim and England wicket-keeper batsman Alec Stewart.