ICC awards: Where are the Indians?
Dravid is the only Indian to figure among the 13 named for the top prize, reports Sunit Kaul.india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 21:22 IST
Despite enjoying a great run over the last season in one-dayers as well as Tests, India is conspicuous by its absence in the list of nominations announced on Wednesday for ICC Cricketer of the Year award.
The winner of 2004 award - skipper Rahul Dravid - is the lone Indian among the players who are vying for the top prize - Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
He is incidentally in the running for Test Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year, and Captain of the Year awards as well.
Aussie players expectedly have grabbed the chunk of nominations, five slots out of the 13, riding on their strong performances.
However, batting sensation Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a surprise omission, as he was ranked the premier bat in the official ICC rankings for two weeks at a stretch and is still placed fourth.
ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed defended wicketkeeper-batsman's omission saying that his performance over the last season qualified him for 2005 award and not for this year.
However, out-of-form Irfan Pathan's name appears among others on the list of nominations for ODI Player award, despite being sidelined for many one-day internationals in West Indies.
Yuvraj Singh is the other name on the ODI list.
England's new poster boy, Monty Panesar will be gunning for the Emerging Player of the Year along with upcoming talent - Pakistan's Mohammed Asif and English teammate Alastair Cook.
Panesar, surprisingly also made the cut for the Cricketer of the Year award despite being a relative newbie on the international circuit.
The winners will be announced during the ICC Champions Trophy on October 23 in Mumbai.
ICC Cricketer of the Year award nominations»
Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee
Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene, Andrew Flintoff, Monty Panesar
Mohammed Yousuf, Younis Khan