Proteas’ pride: Kallis and Amla up for three awards, including SA Cricketer of the year

2011-05-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have both been nominated in three categories — including the prestigious SA Cricketer of the Year — to be announced at the 2011 South African Cricket Awards gala dinner on June 7 at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.

Kallis has been nominated in the categories of SA Cricketer of the Year, Castle Test Cricketer of the Year and KFC So Good Award.

His is the only nomination in this latter category for his two epic centuries in the Castle Test match against India at Sahara Park Newlands in January.

Amla has been nominated as SA Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank One-Day International Cricketer of the Year.

Imran Tahir has received three nominations, including the SA Newcomer of the Year.

Tahir’s other two nominations are in the professional awards: domestic section for SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year and MTN40 Cricketer of the Year.

Last year Amla swept the boards, winning no fewer than five of the awards available to members of the SA Team, including SA Cricketer of the Year.

Kallis is a previous SA Cricketer of the Year in 2004.

Fans have the opportunity to get involved in the awards. 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 www.cricket.co.za.

The finalists for the major awards are:

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC

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

MTN40 Cricketer of the Year: Faf du Plessis, Ryan McLaren, Imran Tahir

Standard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Albie Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Owais Shah

SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Imran Tahir

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: SA TEAM

Standard Bank International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: JP Duminy, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Standard Bank One-Day International Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Castle Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn

SA Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn.

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