Windies Stafanie Taylor in line of major ICC award

Bengaluru, India – Stafanie Taylor, the talented West Indies batter, will know on Wednesday if she is the winner of the coveted International Cricket Council's Women's Cricketer of the Year award. The 19-year-old Jamaican has had a bumper year and is now ranked in the Top 10 of the ICC Women's batting rankings. She is presently in Potchefstroom, South Africa with the West Indies team playing in the ICC Women's Challenge. The Windies will have their first match in Wednesday against the Netherlands.

The seventh annual LG International Cricket Council Awards will be hosted on Wednesday at Grand Castle, Bengaluru, with South Africa batsman AB de Villiers and his band providing some of the entertainment in what will be a glittering celebration of the great performances of the past 12 months.

Based on the period between August 24, 2009 and August 10, 2010, the LG ICC Awards 2010 – presented in association with FICA – take into account performances by players and officials. Up for grabs will be nine individual awards and three team honours with the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award as well as the World Test and ODI Teams of the Year also being announced.

The voting period includes such high-profile events as the ICC Men’s and Women’s World Twenty20 2010 in West Indies, the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa and the ICC World Cricket League Division 1 2010 in the Netherlands, as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series.

The player awards are judged by a 25-person voting academy, which is entirely of the ICC. The process is monitored by independent auditors Ernst & Young. This year’s awards will be attended by a variety of players and former greats of the game. There will be several representatives from Team India as well as the visiting Australia squad along with other nominees including South African duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, Australia women’s team pair of Shelley Nitschke and Ellyse Perry as well as Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardena and Angelo Matthews and many others.

De Villiers, who is nominated in two categories this year, ICC ODI Player of the Year and the LG People’s Choice Award, will perform to guests on the night with his singing partner Ampie du Preez. The awards will also see the announcement and induction of this year’s ICC Cricket Hall of Fame nominees and India’s Bishan Bedi will receive his commemorative cap. Bedi was named in the original 55 inductees to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in association with FICA in 2009.

LG ICC Awards 2010 Short-list of nominees (in alphabetical order)
Individual Awards

Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Katherine Brunt (Eng), Shelley Nitschke (Aus), Ellyse Perry (Aus), Stafanie Taylor (WI)

Test Player of the Year: Hashim Amla (SA), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

ODI Player of the Year: Ryan Harris (Aus), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)

Emerging Player: Umar Akmal (Pak), Steven Finn (Eng), Angelo Mathews (SL), Tim Paine (Aus)

Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned), Trent Johnson (Ire), Kevin O’Brien (Ire), Mohammed Shahzad (Afg)

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year
Michael Hussey (Aus) for his 60 not out in 24 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in St Lucia on May 14
Mahela Jayawardena (SL) for his 100 in 64 balls against Zimbabwe in Guyana on May 3 and his 98 not out in 56 balls against West Indies in Bridgetown on May 7 2010 both during the ICC World Twenty20 2010
Ryan McLaren (SA) for taking 5-19 against the West Indies on May, 19 in Antigua
Brendon McCullum (NZ) for his striking of 116 not out in 56 balls against Australia in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 28
Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Tony Hill, Simon Taufel

LG People’s Choice Award: Michael Hussey (Aus), Mahela Jayawardena (SL), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Andrew Strauss (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA)

Spirit of Cricket: India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe