HASHIM AMLA heads the list of nominees for the 2013 Cricket South Africa (CSA) professional awards to be announced at a banquet in Johannesburg on Monday, 9 September 2013.
The elegant Proteas batsman is one of five nominees for the main award – the South African Cricketer of the Year. The other nominees are one-day international captain AB de Villiers, batsman Faf du Plessis and fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn.
Amla has also been nominated for the Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year award, the Momentum One-Day International Cricketer of the Year and the KFC So Good award.
The awards cover the period from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. It was one of the most successful years in South African cricket history, during which the national team became the undisputed number one team in Test cricket with away series wins against England and Australia and home series clean sweeps against New Zealand and Pakistan.
“This has been the most successful year in the history of South African Test match cricket,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah. “The Castle Lager Test squad has become synonymous with sustained excellence and there have also been inspiring performances from many individual players, not to mention the leadership provided by our captain, Graeme Smith.
“This awards ceremony is our ‘Oscar Evening’ for South African professional cricket and I would like to congratulate all the nominees as well as the eventual winners.
“CSA is also very grateful to its eminent panel of judges for the time and dedication they have shown. With so many outstanding performances it could not have been easy for them to make their choices.”
Colin Bryden, convener of the judging panel, commented: “It was an outstanding year for South African cricket and there were many excellent individual performances, particularly in Test matches. The biggest problem for the panel was deciding who to leave out of the final nominations. There were also some impressive performances in franchise cricket.”
The other members of the judging panel were broadcaster Aslam Khota, batting legend Graeme Pollock and recently retired Proteas and Chevrolet Knights fast bowler Victor Mpitsang.
Amla scored 1 321 runs in Tests in the period under review at an average of 82.56, with five centuries and four fifties. He also made 552 runs in one-day internationals at an average of 61.33.
Amla’s feats included the South African Test record score of 311 not out against England at The Oval last year. This innings earned him nomination for the KFC So Good award, which is for a single outstanding achievement.
Amla will face stiff opposition for all four awards. AB de Villiers was outstanding in both Tests and one-day internationals, while Faf du Plessis made a sensational entry into Test cricket with an heroic debut century which saved the second Test against Australia in Adelaide, paving the way for the series win which was clinched in the next Test in Perth.
Steyn and Philander spearheaded South Africa’s fast bowling attack, which was acknowledged as the world’s best. Steyn took 60 Test wickets at an average of 20.26 while Philander claimed 38 wickets at 21.13.
Steyn’s devastating six for eight against Pakistan in Johannesburg and Philander’s five for seven against New Zealand in Cape Town were nominated for the KFC So Good award.
Cricket fans will also have voting powers for two of the Awards on the evening – the Fans Cricketer of the season and the RAM Delivery of the season. Both these awards require fans to vote for their favourite player as well as the best delivery of the season. Details of these awards can be found on www.cricket.co.za or on CSA’s official Facebook page.
The full list of nominees (in alphabetical order) is:
South African Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.
Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.
Momentum One-Day International Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Ryan McLaren.
KFC Twenty20 International Cricketer of the Year: Henry Davids, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.
KFC So Good Award: Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.
Momentum Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Dané van Niekerk.
Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season: Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Johann Louw (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras).
Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season: Stephen Cook (bizhub Highveld Lions), Richard Levi (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Hardus Viljoen (bizhub Highveld Lions).
RAM SLAM Challenge Cricketer of the Season: Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Hardus Viljoen (bizhub Highveld Lions).
CSA Coach of the Year: Paul Adams (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Piet Botha (Chevrolet Warriors), Geoffrey Toyana (bizhub Highveld Lions).
CSA Umpire of the Year: Johan Cloete, Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock.