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Thursday, September 11, 2008


The LG ICC Awards 2008 – presented in association with FICA – are based on the 12 months between 9 August 2007 and 12 August 2008. The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its fifth year and this is the first time it has been staged in Dubai, the home of the International Cricket Council. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006) and Johannesburg (2007). In total there were eight individual awards handed out, as well as a Spirit of Cricket Award and the two ICC Teams of the Year – for Tests and ODIs – were also announced.

The full list of winners is:

Cricketer of the Year Award (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) – Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) (Eight Test matches, scoring 819 runs at an average of 91.00, including three centuries and six fifties)

Test Player of the Year Award – Dale Steyn (SA) (86 wickets at an average of just 18.10 in the 14 Test matches)

ODI Player of the Year – Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) (Dhoni played 39 ODIs and scored 1,298 runs at an average of 49.92 and at a rate of 82.46 runs per 100 balls faced. In that time he hit a century and nine fifties, he captured 62 dismissals (46 catches and 16 stumpings), which is almost twice as many as the next best, albeit having played more matches than any other 'keeper. He is currently ranked number one in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen)

Women's Cricketer of the Year – Charlotte Edwards (Eng) (18 ODIs for England scoring 492 runs at the top of the order at an average of 54.66. She also took 15 wickets at 19.03 with her more-than-useful leg-spin)

Emerging Player of the Year – Ajantha Mendis (SL)

Associate ODI Player of the Year – Ryan ten Doeschate (NL)

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year – Yuvraj Singh (Ind) (New Award constituted this year : On 19 September last during a match against England in Durban, Yuvraj smashed every delivery of the 19th over beyond the boundary rope, in the process registering a 12-ball half-century and putting his team on course for victory. It was the first time a player had hit six sixes in a single Twenty20 International over. Herschelle Gibbs did it in an ODI during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies while Garry Sobers became the first batsman to achieve the feat during a first-class match back in 1968.)

Spirit of Cricket Award – Sri Lanka (Second time in a row)

Umpire of the Year Award – Simon Taufel (Fifth time in a row)

World Test Team of the Year 2008 is as follows (in batting order):

Graeme Smith (SA, captain)
Virender Sehwag (Ind)
Mahela Jayawardena (SL)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)
Kevin Pietersen (Eng)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wicketkeeper)
Brett Lee (Aus)
Ryan Sidebottom (Eng)
Dale Steyn (SA)
Muttiah Muralidaran (SL)
12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus)

The ICC World ODI Team of the Year is (in batting order):

Herschelle Gibbs (SA)
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
Ricky Ponting (Aus, captain)
Yunus Khan (Pak)
Andrew Symonds (Aus)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper)
Farveez Maharoof (SL)
Daniel Vettori (NZ)
Brett Lee (Aus)
Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
Nathan Bracken (Aus)
12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

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