The nominees for the ICC Awards 2021, an annual event celebrating achievements in cricket for a calendar year, has been declared on Tuesday.
After a year that included major international events such as the ICC World Test Championship final and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, apart from several bilateral series in which records were broken, the ICC Awards 2021 promises interest.
Here’s what you need to know about the ICC Awards 2021.
What are the categories?
This year’s awards will include a total of 13 individual awards, as well as five Team of the Year announcements for each format in both men’s and women’s cricket.
The individual award categories are:
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year
– Rachel Hehoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year
– ICC Spirit of Cricket Award
– ICC Umpire of the Year
Who is in dispute?
The candidates have been announced for each of the first seven categories from December 28 to December 31.
There will be a shortlist of four nominees in each of those seven categories, which will include the players who have made the most credible performances in the period under consideration – from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
ICC CEO Geoff Allardyce will decide the nominees along with an awards panel consisting of leading cricket journalists and broadcasters from around the world.
How will the winners be decided?
A large section of global cricket journalists and broadcasters, also known as the Voting Academy, will vote for their first, second and third choices for each category.
The votes of the fans through the digital channels of the ICC will also be considered by the ICC.
The results of the Voting Academy’s selection and fans’ votes will be combined to determine the winner in each of the first seven categories.
How is the team of the year decided?
The ICC Team of the Year for each category will be decided by the Voting Academy through an online survey – each member of the Voting Academy will select their teams in the batting order and nominate a captain from their selection for each format.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners for each category will be announced in January.
The official ICC Team of the Year will be announced on January 17 and 18. The individual awards related to women’s cricket will be announced on January 23. The men’s awards, as well as the Spirit of Cricket and Umpire of the Year awards, will be announced on January 24.