MS Dhoni leads the honours list for the upcoming 2013 ICC Awards. The India skipper has been nominated for the important Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for The Cricketer of The Year along with the ICC ODI Cricketer of The Year award.
Dhoni has also been named the winner of the People’s Choice Award, complete through online voting. The accolades don't stop there: Dhoni is also the good captain and wicketkeeper of ICC's nominal ODI Team of The Year, and the wicketkeeper of the ICC Test Team of The Year, led by England Alastair Cook who has led his team to Test wins in India in December and during the Ashes this summer.
The individual awards will be decided by a 32-member panel comprise of previous cricketers, media persons, match officials and be headed by Anil Kumble as the ICC Committee chairman. The time frame of performance to be considered for the awards is August 2, 2012 to August 25, 2013.
Since most cricket teams will be busy playing in different corners of the world, this year's awards will be declared through a television event on December 14.
On winning the People’s Choice award, Dhoni said: “This is one of the awards that have given me tremendous satisfaction, since it comes from the key stakeholders of the game - the fans. Thanks from the people who support and encourage us day in and day out, only inspires me to put in that much more, and go the extra mile for them. I would like to thank all those people who have voted in my favor.
It's been a period of wildly variable fortunes for Dhoni. He had the disappointments of losing the home Test series to England and an ODI series to Pakistan. India had also failed to qualify for the 2012 World Twenty20 match knockouts. Dhoni had to witness the near breakup of his IPL franchise during the spot-fixing and betting scandal. He has put all of that behind him to lead the Indian team judiciously to key wins, including the ICC Champions Trophy in England and the twin wins in Tests and ODIs against Australia.
• Mahela Jayawardena (SL). Mahela Jayawardena, batting on 91 with Sri Lanka on 229-7, gloves Jeetan Patel’s delivery and is caught at the wicket by New Zealand wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk and starts walking before the umpire raised his finger. The nomination has come from a member of the New Zealand squad who felt Mahela’s actions were deserving of reference for the award as it happened at a very crucial stage of the match and Mahela, whose side was in some bother, walked without even waiting for an umpire’s decision.
• Farhad Reza (Bang): Pakistan v Bangladesh, ICC World Twenty20 -2012, Group Stage matches, 25 September 2012. Farhad Reza of Bangladesh, in an attempt to catch Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed, touches the boundary. Before the on-field umpires refer the catch to the third umpire, the 26-year-old Bangladeshi signals a six, confirming that his foot had touched the boundary. This was finished with minimum fuss.
LG PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (via internet voting): Alastair Cook (Eng), Clarke (Aus), MS Dhoni (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind), AB de Villiers (SA). Winner: Dhoni.
NOMINATIONS — INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Michael Clarke (Aus), Alastair Cook (Eng), MS Dhoni (Ind), and Kumar Sangakkara (SL).
ICC TEST CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind), Michael Clarke (Aus), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA).
ICC ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), MS Dhoni (Ind), Misbah ul-Haq (Pak), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Kumar Sangakkara (SL).
ICC WOMEN’S ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Suzie Bates (NZ), Charlotte Edwards (Eng), Meg Lanning (Aus), Dane van Niekerk (SA), Anya Shrubsole (Eng), Stafanie Taylor (WI).
ICC EMERGING CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Trent Boult (NZ), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Joe Root (Eng), Mitchell Starc (Aus).
ICC ASSOCIATE AND AFFILIATE CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Kevin O’Brien (Ire), Kyle Coetzer (Scot), Ed Joyce (Ire), Nawroz Mangal (Afg).
ICC TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
• Umar Gul (Pak) (SL) – 2.2-0-6-5 v South Africa, Centurion, 3 March 2013
• Martin Guptill (NZ) – 101* (69b, 9x4, 6x6) v South Africa, East London, 23 December 2012
• Brendon McCullum (NZ) – 123 (53b, 11x4, 7x6) v Bangladesh, Pallekele, 1 October 2012
• Ajanth Mendis (SL) – 4-2-8-6 v Zimbabwe, Hambantota, 18 September 2012
ICC WOMEN’S T20I CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Suzie Bates (NZ), Shanel Daley (WI), Deandra Dottin (WI), Meg Lanning (Aus), Sarah Taylor (Eng), Stafanie Taylor (WI).
DAVID SHEPHERD TROPHY FOR ICC UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Aleem Dar (Pak), Steve Davis (Eng), Kumar Dharmasena (SL), Marais Erasmus (SA), Ian Gould (Eng), Tony Hill (NZ), Richard Illingworth (Eng), Richard Kettleborough (Eng), Nigel Llong (Eng), Bruce Oxenford (Aus), Paul Reiffel (Aus), Rodney Tucker (Aus).