Virat Kohli wins big at ICC Annual Awards

Ashish Peter 18/01/2018
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Kohli was also named the captain for the Test and ODI teams of the year.

Following a landmark year, India skipper Virat Kohli scored big yet again in the 2017 ICC annual awards as he swept the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year along with the ODI Cricketer of the Year.

The Indian batting maestro was also selected as the skipper for the Test and ODI teams of the year. This is the second time in a row that an Indian has won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin winning the award last year.

Australia skipper Steve Smith was awarded the Test Cricketer of the Year award following a brilliant year which culminated with his man-of-the-series performance in the Ashes. Smith has struck eight Test tons in the time-frame considered for the awards with over 1,800 runs.

There was good news for Pakistan cricket too as pacer Hasan Ali was awarded the Emerging Cricketer of the Year while the country’s win over India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017  final was selected as the best fan moment.

Afghanistan’s teen sensation Rashid Khan walked away with the Associate Cricketer of the Year for his remarkable consistency.

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6-25 against England last year fetched him the ICC T20I Performance of the Year.

COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve Smith (Australia)

ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year – Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 against England)

ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year – Rashis Khan (Afghanistan)

David Sheperd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year – Marais Erasmus (South Africa)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Anya Shrubsole (England women)

ICC Fans Moment of the Year – Pakistan stun India to win the ICC Champions Trophy in England

ICC MEN’S TEST TEAM OF THE YEAR

Dean Elgar (South Africa)

David Warner (Australia)

Virat Kohli (captain) (India)

Steve Smith (Australia)

Cheteshwar Pujara (India)

Ben Stokes (England)

Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper) (South Africa)

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Mitchell Starc (Australia)

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

James Anderson (England)

ICC MEN’S ODI TEAM OF THE YEAR

David Warner (Australia)

Rohit Sharma (India)

Virat Kohli (captain) (India)

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper) (South Africa)

Ben Stokes (England)

Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Jasprit Bumrah (India)

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Hazlewood is among several players down with a bug.

Australian quick Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of Friday’s second one-day international against England in Brisbane with illness, while gloveman Alex Carey has been called up to cover for Tim Paine.

The Aussies lost the first of the five-match series against the tourists in Melbourne last Sunday, and with Hazelwood Thursday determined too unwell to play, paceman Jhye Richardson appears set to make his debut on a Gabba pitch expected to provide plenty for fast bowlers.

“You’re always confident as an Australian batsman when you come and look at this wicket, that’s for sure,” Australian vice captain David Warner told cricket Australia’s official website on Wednesday.

“It’s always got good bounce and carry for the bowlers as well.”

Hazlewood is among several players in both the Australian and English locker rooms to be hit by illness in recent weeks, with team mates Paine, Warner, Steve Smith and Patrick Cummins all stuck down by a bug.

England Test captain Joe Root suffered through stomach problems during the Ashes test series, while batsman James Vince has also been affected during the tour.

Carey will take the gloves for Australia if Paine is unable to recover.

Carey will take the gloves for Australia if Paine is unable to recover.

Paine remains in doubt for Friday’s clash, with Carey on standby, after he made a dashing century off just 56 balls for the Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League Wednesday, to beat the Hobart Hurricanes.

The 26-year-old, who was previously floated as a potential wicketkeeper for the Ashes, is set to make his international ODI debut if Paine is not cleared to play.

“He’s taken his game to another level,” Australia opener Aaron Finch told reporters.

“To come out this year when there was a lot of talk about the Ashes’ keeping spot — and who was going to play — the way that he put his hand up and has continued to do so for such a young guy is really impressive.”

Australia – Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

England – Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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Pakistan will have to take its own call regarding its participation.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has said that Pakistan will have to make its own call in deciding whether to participate in the Asia Cup.

The Asia Cup is scheduled to take place in India in September this year but there have been doubts regarding the participation of Pakistan in the continental event.

Chaudhary told ANI reporters this week that the Asia Cup was a part of the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) and as such, the options for Pakistan remain limited.

“Asia Cup is a part of the FTP. Irrespective of the names of the teams, the tournament has already factored in. There is nothing about it. That (participation) is a question that Pakistan has to decide. In 2015, in the World T20 in India, Pakistan participated,” Chaudhary stated.

Cricketing ties between the two countries remain thawed due to the geo-political turmoil. All cricketing action between the two arch-rivals and neighbours currently remains restricted to ICC multi-team events.

Cricketing ties between the two remain confined to ICC events.

Cricketing ties between the two remain confined to ICC events.

With the government of India not having given any clarity on whether Pakistan players would be granted visas for the Asia Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi had threatened to exercise their right to withdraw from the tournament.

India had made a similar objection and threat to Pakistan being given the rights to host the 2018 Emerging Asia Cup.

Relations between the respective boards have soured since India refused to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two signed in 2014. The MoU stated that the two countries will play six bilateral series against each other between 2015 and 2023.

However, changes in the political landscape saw cricketing ties being put on hold with the Indian government refusing to sanction any bilateral series stipulated in the MoU.

The PCB had last year sent a legal notice to the BCCI for failing to honour the agreement.

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