short-lists 2011 Awards
Sangakkara for top
batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, Hashim
Amla of South Africa and last year’s ICC Cricketer
of the Year Sachin Tendulkar of India have all been
short-listed for the top honour at the 2011 ICC
In addition, Trott and Cook are also short-listed
for the ICC Test Player of the Year alongside
England team-mate James Anderson and South Africa’s
Amla is also in contention for the ICC ODI Player
of the Year award and he is short-listed in that
category alongside Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara,
Australia’s Shane Watson and ICC Cricket World Cup
2011 winner Gautam Gambhir of India.
Sangakkara is also short-listed for the People’s
The Twenty20 International Performance of the Year
sees New Zealand’s Tim Southee short-listed
alongside England’s Tim Bresnan, Australia’s Shane
Watson and South Africa’s JP Duminy.
The long-lists were made by a five-man ICC selection
panel chaired by former West Indies captain and
current chairman of the ICC cricket committee Clive
Lloyd. The panel also includes Zaheer Abbas of
Pakistan, England’s Mike Gatting, New Zealand’s
Danny Morrison and South Africa’s Paul Adams.
“I don’t think anyone should be slighted for not
being on the short-lists. It was an extremely close
run contest this year in all the categories and
everyone performed well over the period. Ultimately,
you can only have four players in each short-list
and the independent voting academy choses the
short-lists,” said Lloyd.
The short-lists were created after the individual
player awards were voted for by an academy of 25
highly credentialed cricket personalities from
around the world. The academy includes a host of
former players, respected members of the media as
well as international umpires and match referees.
The David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the
Year award was voted on by the 10 current Test
captains and the elite panel of ICC match referees
and is partly based on the umpires’ performance
This year’s nominees are 2009 and 2010 ICC Umpire of
the Year Aleem Dar and five-time ICC Umpire of the
Year Simon Taufel, along with Austalia’s Steve Davis
and Ian Gould of England.
The ICC Emerging Player of the Year nominees
short-list features two players from the West Indies
- Devendra Bishoo and Darren Bravo - and two from
Pakistan, Wahab Riaz and Azhar Ali.
The ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year
award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in
all international matches of the outstanding
cricketers from the teams outside the ICC full
This year’s short-list sees the return of 2008 and
2010 winner, Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands,
who is joined by the Ireland pair of Paul Stirling
and Kevin O’Brien, while Hamid Hassan of Afghanistan
rounds off the shortlist for that category.
The awards ceremony will take place in London on
Short-lists of nominees
Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Alastair Cook,
Sachin Tendulkar, Jonathan Trott
Test Player of the Year: James Anderson, Alastair
Cook, Jacques Kallis, Jonathan Trott
ODI Player of the Year: Hashim Amla, Gautam Gambhir,
Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Watson
Emerging Player of the Year: Azhar Ali, Devendra
Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Wahab Riaz
Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten
Doeschate, Hamid Hassan, Kevin O’Brien, Paul
Twenty20 International Performance of the Year
Tim Bresnan - 3-10-3-4 v Pakistan, Cardiff, 7
JP Duminy - 96 not out (54b, 10x4, 4x6) v Zimbabwe,
Kimberley, 10 October 2010
Tim Southee - 4-1-18-5 v Pakistan, Auckland, 26
Shane Watson - 59 (31b, 6x4, 3x6) v England,
Adelaide, 12 January 2011
Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards,
Lydia Greenway, Shelley Nitschke, Stafanie Taylor
Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Ian
Gould, Simon Taufel
Spirit of Cricket
MS Dhoni - for his recall of Ian Bell during the
second Test match between England and India at Trent
Bridge, July/August 2011.
Jacques Kallis - for twice during the World Cup
walking after clarifying with the opposition fielder
if they had caught the ball cleanly.
People’s Choice Award: Hashim Amla, MS Dhoni, Chris
Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Jonathan Trott.
presses for Test claim with century
Promising left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne made a
strong claim for a place in the opening Test match
by scoring an unbeaten century in their three-day
practice match against the touring Australian team
which ended in a draw at the P. Saravanamuttu Oval
The 21-year-old stylish opening batsman made exactly
100 not out from 161 balls inclusive of a dozen
fours and one six as the Board XI reached 174 for 2
in their second innings.
This was after Australia had piled up a
formidable 393 runs in their first innings largely
due to two splendid centuries from opener Usman
Khawaja and skipper Michael Clarke.
But Thirimanne who made 32 in the first innings
grabbed the opportunity and forced himself into
recognition with a solid batting performance while
occupying the entire final session of play.
Thirimanne who played his solitary Test match
against England in June this year at Southampton
once again showed a lot of determination and
commitment as he negotiated the Australian seamers
and the spinners with equal brilliance.
After his fellow opening partner Thranga
Paranavithana had departed in the fourth over of the
innings, Thirimanne dropped anchor to put on an
unfinished 125 runs for the third wicket with Angelo
The dynamic all-rounder made few amends for his
first innings failure by hoisting one six and
stroking three fours during his unbeaten knock of
Earlier Clarke warmed up for the up coming Test
series against Sri Lanka by scoring an unbeaten
century after Khawaja had made 101 the previous day.
The right-hand middle-order batsman decided to
retire out on 104 having faced 127 balls and struck
12 fours and one six. The opening Test match begins
on Wednesday at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka Board XI: 258 and 174-2 (49) (Lahiru
Thirimanne 100 n.o, Thilan Samaraweera 24, Angelo
Mathews 30 n.o.)
Australia: 393 (121.3) (Philip Hughes 76, Usman
Khawaja 101, Michael Hussey 28, Michael Clarke 104,
Ryan Harris 26, Dilruwan Perera 3/137, Kosala
|SLC Under-23 division I cricket
Chilaw Marians, Moors SC on course
Dashing opening batsman Shehan Fernando hammered
his second successive hundred as the Tamil Union
piled up 371 for 5 in their second innings on day
two of their SLC Under-23 division one cricket
tournament match against NCC continued at Maitland
The right-hander hoisted six sixes and struck 16
fours from just 146 balls while putting on 184 runs
for the first wicket along with opening partner Amal
Meanwhile, Moors SC rattled up a huge 409 for 6 in
their first innings to put themselves on course for
victory over Moratuwa SC in their fixture continued
at Braybrooke Place.
Opener Shehan Jayasuriya and Ashen Silva both
completed centuries and also figured in a second
wicket partnership of 245 runs.
Chilaw Marians were also heading for a win after
dismissing Colts for 93 and forcing them to
Scores at end of second day:
At Maitland Place: Tamil Union: 155 and 371-5 at
close (S. Fernando 171, A. Eranga 54, A. Priyanjana
77, D. Rajakaruna 42 n.o, I. Udayanga 4/66)
NCC: 200 (N. Dickwella 79, Angelo Perera 76, D.
Jayasinghe 3/36, M. Perera 2/50, P. Tharanga 2/10)
At Havelock Park: Chilaw Marians CC: 325 (B.
Samarawickrema 106, S. Pathirana 61, L. Weragala 24,
A. Jayasundera 24, V. Perera 29 n.o, D. Auwardt
5/73, L. Rangika 2/52, C. Peiris 2/44)
Colts CC 93 (R. Silva 33, V. Perera 4/24, S.
Pathirana 2/25, A. Jayasundera 2/8) and 136-3 at
close (S. Kamileen 73, S. Weerasinghe 37 n.o)
At Havelock Park: SSC: 177 and 188-5 at close (G.
Manishan 61, S. Gunawardena 35, D. Chanaka 35, U.
Bandara 33, D. Warapitiya 2/58)
BRC: 198 (D. Warapitiya 36, H. Lakmal 67, D.
Chaturanga 28, M. Fernando 4/46, C. Jayampathy 2/35,
S. Wickrema 2/51)
At Panadura: Sebastianites SC: 146 and 153-7 at
close (H. Kumarasiri 41, N. Ranaweera 34, S. Rangika
4/33, A. Ishanka 3/34)
Air Force SC 272 (S. Gayan 34, T. Nadeera 63, A.
Emmanuel 34, S. Navaratne 30, D. Tissakutige 29, R.
At Braybrooke Place: Moratuwa SC: 238 and 117-5
at close (U. Nadeeranga 30, H. Dias 60, S. Fernando
Moors SC: 409-6 decl (S. Jayasuriya 152, A. Silva
150 n.o, R. Lakshitha 47, S. Kumara 4/105)
At Maitland Crescent: CCC: 220;
Leo CC: 308 (S. Nandalal 111, N. Kaushalya 41, J.
Siyabalapitiya 38, P. Hasanka 32 n.o, M. Ijaz 5/70,
R. Rambukwella 4/101) – [CD]
|Dulanjala spins out Negombo
SLC Under-23 division II semi-finals
Spinner Dulanjala Mendis captured six wickets for
61 to help Sri Lanka Navy SC build up a good first
innings lead over Negombo CC in their SLC Under-23
division two cricket tournament semi-final match
continued at the Rangiri Dambulla International
Navy SC: 304 and 68-3 at close (D. Chandima 25, M.
Negombo CC 178 (R. Lakmal 69 n.o, M. Gunasinghe 31,
D. Mendis 6/61, L. Keerthiratne 2/15)
Janith’s century puts Army in command
Middle-order batsman Janith Silva hit a splendid 105
to put Sri Lanka Army SC on course for an outright
victory over Kurunegala YCC on the second day of
their SLC Under-23 division two cricket tournament
semi-final fixture continued at the Welagedera
Stadium in Kurunegala yesterday.
Kurunegala YCC 107 and 171-5 at close (N. Alwis 68
n.o, N. Karunatilleke 53, R. Jayatissa 2/46, T.
Army SC 389 (C. Fernando 27, A. Tillekeratne 20, R.
Jayatissa 84, J. Silva 105, S. Madushanka 3/98)
|Kavindi in stunning TT upset
M Minhaz in Kandy
Low ranked 14-year-old Sheshandi Kavindi of
Dharmasoka Ambalangoda scored a stunning upset win
over top seed Ruvini Kannangara of Musaeus in the
semi-finals of the Junior ranking table tennis
championships organised by the SLTTA and worked off
at the Jagath Rajapakse international TT stadium in
More upsets at rugby
DS Senanayake and Carey figured in upset wins on the
first day of the all island schools under 16
division I rugby tournament organised by the Central
Province RF and the Sri Lanka Schools RFU at
DSS defeated defending champions Kingswood 10-0 and
Carey beat more fancied Wesley 26-0. – [MM]
|96th Sri Lanka national tennis championships
Dineshkanthan wins first men’s
seed Thangaraja Dineshkanthan clinched the men’s
singles title for the first time at the 96th Sri
Lanka national tennis championships which concluded
at the SLTA hard courts in Green Path yesterday.
Dineshkanthan was stretched to the maximum as he
defeated the bottom seed Amresh Jayawickrema in a
gruelling four-setter 6-4, 2-5, 6-4 and 10-8 in an
Earlier Amritha Muttiah went on to complete a grand
double winning the women’s singles and the mixed
doubles titles. The top seed defeated the bottom
seed Nilushi Fernando in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 in
the women’s singles final.
She then combined with Rajiv Rajapakse to beat
the pair of Shalini de Silva and Thangaraja
Dineshkanthan in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in the mixed
doubles final. - (C.D)
|Inaugural Beach Games
Navy SC, Maroons win at VB
By Dhammika Ratnaweera
Sri Lanka Navy SC and Sri Lanka ‘Maroons’ won the
men’s and women’s volleyball title respectively at
the inaugural beach games conducted by the National
Olympic Committee and worked off in Negombo
Navy SC defeated Air Force SC 2 nil in the men’s
tournament final while Sri Lanka ‘Maroons’ had the
better of Sri Lanka ‘Gold’ in the women’s
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Schools defeated State Service
15-10 in the netball tournament final. In addition
Army SC took the handball championship while
overcoming Air Force SC in the final.
|HSBC Asian seven-a-side rugby
Lanka lose twice and play in Bowls
The Sri Lanka Development team lost both their
opening matches on the opening day of the HSBC Asian
seven a side rugby series which commenced in
Shanghai, China yesterday.
The side captained by Dinsuha Chaturanga went down
to Kazakhstan 0-19 in the first match and later
suffered a 0-42 defeat at the hands of China while
competing in pool ‘D’.
They will play in the Bowl stage matches today. -