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ICC annual awards: Bhuvneshwar among the five players nominated

Last updated on: October 08, 2014 15:24 IST

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the five players nominated for the LG People's Choice Award ahead of the ICC annual awards.

The 24-year-old bowler from Meerut had a good run in international cricket and is among five players from five different countries nominated to win the only award voted for by the public. 

Bhuvneshwar KumarThe quintet of players nominated for the award are England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn and India's Bhuvneshwar. 

Fans will have the opportunity to decide the winner by voting for their favourite player. The winner, as well as the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year and the short-list for the remaining LG ICC Awards 2014, will be announced on November 5 at a press conference at the ICC headquarters.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson and ICC Cricket Committee chairman Anil Kumble will attend the press conference. 

The short-list was made by an elite panel of cricket experts, headed by Kumble.

Other members of the panel are Jonathan Agnew, a former England international; ex-Sri Lanka opener Russel Arnold, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Betty Timmer, former chair of the ICC Women's Committee. 

Richardson said: "The support of the fans is vital for the game and particularly valued by the players – hence, the significance of the LG People’s Choice award.

The overwhelming number of cricket fans who participate to select the winner of this award has made it one of the most prestigious awards in the ICC calendar. 

"None of the deserving nominees have won this award before and this year's fan favourite will join the exclusive company of previous winners, Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Kumar Sangakkara (2011 and 2012) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2013)."

Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (left) is congratulated by teammate Varun Aaron after claiming a wicket in the recent Test series in England.

Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images