By SYDNEY MORWENG
Cricket South Africa and the International Cricket Council have announced the short-list of five cricketers for the LG People’s Choice Award category at the LG ICC Awards that will take place in Bengaluru, India on 6 October.
This is the first time the award has been included in the annual awards by the cricket governing body ICC, and will afford cricket fans globally to vote for their favourite player until September 10 2010 by logging on www.lgpeopleschoice.com
The short-list includes Mike Hussey of Australia, Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka, England captain Andrew Strauss, Sachin Tendulkar of India and AB de Villiers of South Africa.
The cricketers have been selected on the basis of some really innovative parameters, in sync with the values that embody brand LG, by a five-man ICC selection panel. This panel was chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd and includes former international players Angus Fraser of England, Matthew Hayden of Australia, Ravi Shastri of India and Zimbabwe’s Duncan Fletcher.
These include innovation, dynamism, and strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and executing a plan to distinction. The winner of this award should demonstrate an ability to engage spectators and should also embody the game’s unique spirit, both on and off the field.
South African De Villiers has been an astounding ambassador, and its’ no surprise he was selected ahead of his peers for dedication and sportsmanship he has become accustomed to on and off the field. For him being nominated for the first prestigious award pitted against top cricketers in the world, means so much to the latter.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “Our great sport owes a lot to its dedicated and passionate cricket fans around the world for their non-stop support and commitment.
This LG People’s Choice Award is a perfect tribute to those avid and dedicated fans. “I urge all cricket lovers, irrespective of where they are living, to take active part in this online opportunity and make your vote count for your favourite cricketer.”
The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its seventh year and this year it will be held in Bengaluru, India. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009) and Dubai (2008).
More information on the LG People’s Choice Award can be found at www.lgpeopleschoice.com
Additional info from CSA.