Dhoni in ICC Test, ODI teams; Kohli misses out on ODI spot
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found a place in the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year, but, surprisingly, Virat Kohli, a consistent scorer in the 50-over format over the year, doesn’t figure in the ODI team, announced on Tuesday.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said Kohli was extremely unlucky to miss out on a place in the LG ICC ODI Team of the Year, led by compatriot Dhoni.
"Kohli is one of the players who should consider himself unlucky not to get selected, especially in the ODI team of the year. In these awards it's more a case of who gets left out rather than who gets in. There's tremendous competition for places," said Richardson after announcing the ICC's Test and ODI teams of 2013 in Mumbai.
"It will be very surprising if Kohli does not make the team next year," he added.
In the period under consideration for selection, August 7, 2012 to August 25, 2013, the Delhi batsman, who is often referred to as the bold new face of Indian cricket, amassed 689 runs, including two hundreds, at an average of 40.52.
India's World Cup winning skipper Dhoni, who made the list for the sixth consecutive year, was expectedly named the captain.
Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Ashwin, Pujara in the running for the 'ICC Test Cricketer of the Year'
Also included in this squad was left-hand India opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom played stellar roles in India’s golden run in the ODI format, including the ICC Champions Trophy triumph last June in England.
Dhoni was also named in the ‘ICC Test Team of the Year’, along with teammates Cheteshwar Pujara and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was named 12th man.
England captain Alastair Cook was named captain of the Test side.
The Ranchi-born wicketkeeper-batsman is also in the running for the ‘ICC Cricketer of the Year’ along with five other players who were short listed on Tuesday.
He is also in with a chance to win the ‘ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year’ with compatriots Dhawan and Jadeja.
Ashwin and Pujara are in the running for the ‘ICC Test Cricketer of the Year’ with four others.
For the fourth year in a row South Africa's Hashim Amla has been named in the side, while England captain Alastair Cook, who is named as the Test captain, appears in the squad for the third straight year.
The teams were chosen by a specially-appointed selection panel, chaired by the ICC's Cricket Committee chairman, former India captain Anil Kumble.
Image: Cheteshwar Pujara
Steyn named in Test side for the sixth straight year
South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn was named in Test side for the sixth straight year.
Richardson also announced the short-lists for the ICC Awards 2013, which will be broadcast as a TV show on December 14, in a departure from the annual dinner function, because of the tight playing schedule of various players.
"I'd like to congratulate all those selected for the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the year. Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and are thoroughly deserving of the recognition they receive," said Richardson.
"It is always tough to decide on the Test and ODI teams of the year, with so many worthy candidates to consider based on the players' performances between August 7, 2012 and August 25, 2013," said Kumble, chairman of the awards selection panel.
"The selection panel had a lengthy debate on all the top performers during the performance period and a number of combinations were considered," he said.
"The selectors did utilise a vast amount of statistics from the period under observation, but we also took into account other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation and the like. But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out.
"In the panel's expert opinion, it has selected the best Test and ODI Teams based on performances over the past 12 months," he added.
Image: Dale Steyn
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This year's ICC awards will be broadcast as a television show
Kumble was joined on the panel by former Pakistan fast bowler and captain Waqar Younis, former England captain and wicketkeeper Alec Stewart, former South Africa batsman Graeme Pollock, and former New Zealand women's player Catherine Campbell.
Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily the overwhelming factor in the choices made.
The awards period under consideration includes the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 held in India, the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 held in England and Wales, various rounds of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, numerous Pepsi ICC World Cricket League and Championship fixtures, and several bilateral Test, ODI and T20I series.
The ICC awards are now in its 10th year and this year will be broadcast as a television show. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004 and 2011), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009), Dubai (2008), Bengaluru (2010) and Colombo (2012).
ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order): Alastair Cook (Eng, captain), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Hashim Amla (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus), Michael Hussey (Aus), AB de Villiers (SA), MS Dhoni (Ind- Wicketkeeper), Graeme Swann (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Vernon Philander (SA). 12th Man: Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind).
ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), Hashim Amla (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), AB de Villiers (SA), MS Dhoni (Ind, captain and wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Mitchell Starc (Aus), James Anderson (Eng), Lasith Malinga (SL). 12th Man: Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ).
Short-lists of nominees for individual awards:
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Michael Clarke (Aus), Alastair Cook (Eng), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) and Kumar Sangakkara (SL).
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind), Michael Clarke (Aus), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind) and Dale Steyn (SA).
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year: Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), MS Dhoni (Ind), Misbah ul-Haq (Pak), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) and Kumar Sangakkara (SL).
ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year: Suzie Bates (NZ), Charlotte Edwards (Eng), Meg Lanning (Aus), Dane van Niekerk (SA), Anya Shrubsole (Eng) and Stafanie Taylor (WI).
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Trent Boult (NZ), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Joe Root (Eng) and Mitchell Starc (Aus).
ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year: Kevin O'Brien (Ire), Kyle Coetzer (Scot), Ed Joyce (Ire) and Nawroz Mangal (Afg).
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Umar Gul (Pak) -- 2.2-0-6-5 v South Africa, Centurion, March 3, 2013; Martin Guptill (NZ) -- 101no (69b, 9x4, 6x6) v South Africa, East London, December 23, 2012; Brendon McCullum (NZ)-- 123 (53b, 11x4, 7x6) v Bangladesh, Pallekele, October 1, 2012; Ajanth Mendis (SL) -- 4-2-8-6 v Zimbabwe, Hambantota, September 18, 2012.
ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year: Suzie Bates (NZ), Shanel Daley (WI), Deandra Dottin (WI), Meg Lanning (Aus), Sarah Taylor (Eng) and Stafanie Taylor (WI).
David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rodney Tucker.
ICC Spirit of Cricket: Mahela Jayawardena (SL) and Farhad Reza (Bang).
Image: Hashim Amla
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