Proteas trio Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers have been nominated for the ultimate fans accolade, after emerging as the frontrunners for the 2011 CSA Fans’ Cricketer award, following a month of online voting at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) website.
Amla, who won the CSA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year award last year, has also been nominated as SA Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank One-Day International Cricketer of the Year.
Last year Amla swept the boards, winning no fewer than five of the awards available to members of the SA Team, including SA Cricketer of the Year.
Kallis has also been nominated in the categories of SA Cricketer of the Year, Castle Test Cricketer of the Year and KFC So Good Award. Kallis is a previous SA Cricketer of the Year in 2004.
De Villiers has been nominated for two other awards – Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year and SA Cricketer of the Year.
Proteas fans were tasked with selecting the CSA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year from the pool of nationally contracted players. Kallis, Amla and De Villiers emerged with the most number of votes.
Thousands placed their votes on the CSA website, www.cricket.co.za, in the hope of winning the competition prize of two VIP tickets to South African cricket’s biggest night and the opportunity to hand over the CSA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year award to their favourite cricketer.
Two lucky fans, Pleasure Hugh Nkosi from Potchefstroom and Estelle Warrener from Johannesburg, were chosen in a random draw to hand over the Fans’ Cricketer of the Year award to the winner at the 2011 SA Cricket Awards gala dinner on 7 June 2011.
“I am so excited!” Nkosi exclaimed, “This is the best news of my year so far, I can’t wait for Tuesday to meet my favourite cricketers.”
Warrener said she was looking forward to the big night.
The 2011 SA Cricket Awards gala dinner is the culmination of CSA Day, a day set aside annually to celebrate the achievements of everyone involved in cricket, from amateur players to professionals and scorers to umpires.
CSA, in association with KFC start CSA Day with the SA Cricket Awards breakfast, where the stars of tomorrow are celebrated. This event is followed by the annual CSA Golf invitational, which gives CSA’s key stakeholders the opportunity to spend quality time on the green with the Proteas. The day concludes with the 2011 SA Cricket Awards Gala Dinner, where the stars of professional cricket are given their honours.
Fans can get all the behind the scenes action as preparations kick into gear for CSA Day at cricket.co.za, Facebook.com/CricketSouthAfrica and Twitter.com/OfficialCSA.