SA Cricket Awards nominees named

24 May 2012

The 2012 South African Cricket Awards will see AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Hashim Amla in contention for the prestigious SA Cricketer of the Year Award on Wednesday, 6 June, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Last year, Jacques Kallis won the award. Amla and Steyn are former winners.

The newly-appointed Proteas' T20 and ODI captain AB de Villiers earned nominations in three categories, including the Sunfoil One-Day International Cricketer of the Year, Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year and the SA Cricketer of the Year.

De Villiers currently averages close to 50 in both ODIs and tests and was the leading run-scorer for the Proteas this season, with a highest score of 160 against Sri Lanka.

Three nominations

Morne Morkel was the Proteas' leading wicket-taker in T20 and ODI cricket, and has also been nominated for the T20 Cricketer of the Year and Sunfoil ODI Cricketer of the Year. His ODI career-best of 5/38 against New Zealand in Napier capped off a superb season for him.

Faf du Plessis of the Nashua Titans has been rewarded for his all-round performances on the domestic scene; he has received nominations for the One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year, MiWay T20 Cricketer of the Year and the Supersport Series Cricketer of the Year.

The young bizhub Highveld Lions' batsman, Temba Bavuma, had an excellent first-class campaign, and has been nominated for the SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year alongside Lions' teammate Alviro Petersen and Du Plessis.

KFC 'So Good' Award nominee

The Proteas' explosive debutant, Richard Levi has been nominated for the International T20 Cricketer of Year, as well as the KFC "So Good" Award for his record–breaking 117 against New Zealand in Hamilton.

CSA's Acting CEO Jacques Faul congratulated all of the nominees, saying in a statement: "Being nominated for the SA Cricket Awards is a proud moment in any cricketer’s career. It is the recognition for all of your hard and diligent performances throughout the season, congratulations to all of the nominees.

He continued: "CSA Day is a special day on the cricketing calendar, a day where we get to celebrate the achievement of leading players and administrators for their excellence in amateur cricket, domestic professional cricket and operations, as well as the ultimate level of the SA team awards."

Cricket South Africa also announced the nominees for the CSA Breakfast awards. These awards celebrate the best of the amateur cricketers, who will be honoured at Summer Place in Sandton on the morning of 6 June.

Women's cricket

Shandre Fritz leads the nominations for the CSA Women's Cricketer of the Year award for her stellar performances for both the national team and her provincial side of Western Province. It is her second consecutive nomination for the award and she goes up against Western Province teammate Shabnim Ismail, who was a star with the ball in the 2011/2012 season.

"This is such exciting news! It's been a very successful season for me and the teams I play for, " Fritz commented.

"The coach (Yashin Ebrahim-Hassen) has had us working extra hard and that's just filtered into my performance at provincial level, as that's where we get most of our match practice.

'Hard work pays off'

"I'm proud of the national team's success in our last tour against the England Academy and I'm very proud to have been able to help my provincial side, Western Province, to the final of the CSA Women's Provincial League. This just proves that hard work pays off and whatever you put your mind to will happen."

The third nominee is Trisha Chetty, who won the award in 2009. Chetty has produced exceptional performances with both bat and gloves for her province, KwaZulu-Natal, and for the national team.

"I'm so honoured for this opportunity," she said. "It's been a tough season for me, with highs and lows in between, but I ended it with a big high with the national team.

"The CSA awards are so important because they give players that little push to work harder and to do more. This recognition means a lot and I'm honoured just to be nominated," she concluded.

Fans' voting

Fans have the opportunity to get involved in the Awards once again this year. They are being tasked with selecting the CSA Fans' Cricketer of the Year.

Online voting started earlier this month and fans from across the country have contributed to their favourite player's chance of winning by voting on the Cricket South Africa website. Voting closes on 1 June.

Two lucky fans who take part in the hunt for the CSA Fans' Cricketer of the Year will be selected by random draw to enjoy a VIP experience at South African cricket's most memorable night of the calendar, the SA Cricket Awards gala dinner, which is the grand finale of CSA Day.

CSA Day will once again be an all-day affair, starting with the SA Cricket Awards breakfast, in association with KFC, which is held to celebrate the stars of tomorrow. That will be followed by the CSA Golf Invitational, which gives key stakeholders an opportunity to have a round of golf with the Proteas, and rounded off by the Gala Dinner which celebrates the country's professional stars.

AMATEUR AWARDS: WOMEN'S CRICKET

CSA's Women's Cricketer of the Year
Shandre Fritz, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: OPERATIONAL

CSA Umpire of the Year
Johan Cloete, Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock

CSA Scorer's Association of the Year
Gauteng, Boland, Northerns

CSA Groundsman of the Year
Chris Scott – Louis Kruger – Nico Pretorius

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC

CSA One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year
Charl Langeveldt, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar

MiWay T20 Cricketer of the Year
Chris Morris, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis

Supersport Series Cricketer of the Year
Temba Bavuma, Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: INTERNATIONAL

CSA International T20 Cricketer of the Year
Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Richard Levi

Sunfoil One-Day International Cricketer of the Year
AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year
AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander

KFC "So Good" Award
Vernon Philander, Richard Levi, Marchant de Lange

SA Cricketer of the Year
Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, AB de Villiers

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