Indian skipper Dhoni nominated in 3 categories
Seven Indian cricketers dominate this yearís various LG ICC Annual
Awards for 2009 to be announced in Mumbai later on Wednesday.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, openers Gautam Gambhir and
Virender Sehwag, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, middle-order bats V V
S Laxman and Yuvraj Singh and fast bowler Zaheer Khan feature in the
Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have made the cut for the Cricketer of
the Year award.
The trio has also been nominated, in the initial list, for the Test
player of the year award along with stylish V V S Laxman.
For the coveted One-day International player of the year, skipper
Dhoni, prolific batsman Yuvraj Singh and opener Virender Sehwag have
made it to the initial list of nominees.
Indian pacer Zaheer Khan is a strong contender for the T20 Performer
of the Year award.
Indian opener Virender Sehwag and former cricketer Ravi Shastri
announced the names of the nominees along with the Chief Executive
of the International Cricket Council, Haroon Lorgat.
The sixth ICC annual awards ceremony is to be held at Johannesburg
during the ICC Champions Trophy.
There are eight individual prizes, including the Sir Garfield Sobers
Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year. The winners of seven
individual awards would be chosen on the basis of voting done by a
25-person panel from around the world made up of former players,
media personnel and an elite umpire and match referee.
Another 16-person group featuring former players and other experts
on the womenís game would vote the nominations for the Womenís
Cricketer of the Year award.
The other three awards are reserved for the Test Team of the Year,
the ODI Team of the Year and the Spirit of Cricket award.
Performances of players in the period between August 2008 and August
2009 would be taken into account for deciding the awards, according
to the ICC website. (ANI)