ICC awards announced
The 2005 ICC awards
Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff shared the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the Player of the year
. In the first ever tie in the history of the ICC awards (this is the second year!), both players were tied on 86 votes. Effectively, fifty members couldn't get their act together and pick one over the other.
Jacques Kallis wins the Test player
I'm curious to know why Kallis' achievement in winning the Test player of the year award doesn't give him an advantage over Flintoff in being named as the Player of the year.
Kevin Pietersen has won the Emerging player
and ODI player
The England team won the Spirit of Cricket
Simon Taufel was voted the Umpire of the Year
award for the second year running.Photos from the event
The ICC announced its World ODI team
, of which three players - Atapattu, Inzamam and Naved-ul Hasan Rana weren't even picked for the Super Series
and Dravid was not in the first list
The ICC's World Test team
included Inzamam, who was picked as a replacement
as well as Vaas and Kumble who were not even picked.
I suppose this selection does expose the original selections for the Super Series as being based purely on hype and star value rather than form or cricketing ability. Alternately, the Super Series selections were accurate and these two World teams aren't a true reflection of the players' abilities and form.
The absence of any bowlers in the players' awards list, Flintoff's presence notwithstanding, is further proof that international cricket and voting panels are sorely biased in favour of batsmen. As a self-proclaimed
member of the bowling fraternity, I vehemently oppose these acts!
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