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Chanderpaul is ICC Player of the year

September 10, 2008

ICC Awards 2008


Yuvraj Singh and Simon Taufel pose with their trophies at the ICC Awards in Dubai

West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the fifth player to be named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards ceremony in Dubai. Chanderpaul, who also made the shortlist last year, fought off competition from other nominees Mahela Jayawardene from Sri Lanka, as well as South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn to take the top award.

Steyn had the consolation of taking the Test Player of the Year award, while India’s one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the ODI Player of the Year award.

Yuvraj Singh became the inaugural winner of the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award in recognition of his amazing six sixes in one over off Stuart Broad during the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa last September.

Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka’s 23-year-old spin star, won the Emerging Player of the Year award. With his mesmerising brand of spin bowling, Mendis has exploded on to the international scene in recent months. In just three Tests against India in July and August, he claimed an amazing 26 wickets at an average of 18.38.

Six countries were represented in the 12-man ICC Test Team of the Year and three players – England captain, Kevin Pietersen and the Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan – also appeared in the World Test Team of the Year in 2007. Sangakkara and Muralitharan also appeared in the 2006 side as well. Smith was named as captain of the team.

There were also six countries represented in the ICC ODI Team of the Year of which only two – Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar – also appeared in the 2007 side and only one – Brett Lee – made both XIs. Ponting was included in 2006 as well while Andrew Symonds was previously been named in the 2005 team. Ponting is named as captain of the team for the second year running.

Australian umpire, Simon Taufel, was named as Umpire of the Year for the fifth successive time. Taufel, 37, received his votes from the captains of the ten Full Member nations, as well as the eight-man elite panel of ICC match referees. “I’m delighted to win this award but I don’t set this as a goal at the start of a season,” he said.

England captain Charlotte Edwards, who last night steered her side to a 4-0 one-day win over India, won the Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.

Netherlands allrounder, Ryan ten Doeschate, was named as the Associate Player of the Year.

The Sri Lanka team were the recipients of the Spirit of Cricket Award for the second year running. The prize is presented to the team which, in the opinion of the elite panel of ICC umpires and match referees, has best conducted itself on the field within the spirit of the game.

“The past year has been another exciting one for cricket fans around the world in a time that included the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 and plenty of competitive Test and ODI cricket,” David Morgan, the ICC president, said. “These players have contributed hugely to our enjoyment. This is the fifth annual ICC Awards night and each year it is gaining in prestige.”

ICC Test Team of the Year Graeme Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardena (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

Asif’s B sample tested positive

August 19, 2008

Mohammad Asif faces a ban after his B sample taken during the IPL also tested positive for a banned substance

The B sample of Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, taken during the Indian Premier League has tested positive for nandrolone, a banned substance. Last month the IPL had revealed that Asif had tested positive in random testing conducted during the tournament. Asif, who played for the Delhi Daredevils, had asked for his B sample to be analysed.

Asif, who faces a possible two-year ban, and his lawyer have questioned the discrepancy in the readings of the two samples. The second sample had a nandrolone concentration of 5.4 nanograms per millilitre of urine while the first had 6.2 nanograms. According to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regulations, upto two nanograms per millilitre is permissible.

Asif had been suspended by the PCB from all forms of the game pending the result of the IPL inquiry. Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, had previously told that if Asif’s B sample also tests positive, the matter will be taken up by the IPL’s drugs tribunal, comprising Sunil Gavaskar, Dr Ravi Bapat (ex-vice chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences) and lawyer Shirish Gupte. The tribunal will take a decision in accordance with the ICC’s anti-doping code, which the IPL had adopted.

Besides testing positive during the IPL, Asif is also embroiled in another mess, having been detained at Dubai airport in June for allegedly possessing drugs. He was released by authorities after 19 days in detention, but an internal inquiry by the Pakistan board had reportedly found the evidence to be “pretty conclusive” against the player, and had recommended a ban.

The fast bowler previously tested positive for nandrolone, the banned anabolic steroid, along with Shoaib Akhtar, just before the 2006 Champions Trophy in India. Though he was banned for one year by a PCB tribunal, the punishment was overturned a month later on appeal.

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Sandesh Kumar

Asif Pleads : Not Guilty

July 26, 2008

Mohammad Asif has pleaded “Not Guilty” before a Pakistan Cricket Board for his 19-day trial in Dubai airport from June 1 to 19 for alleged possession of an illegal substance.  Mohammad Asif returned to Pakistan after Dubai’s public prosecutor dropped the case against him.

The committee is likely to submit its findings to the board on Monday, after which Nasim Ashraf, the PCB chairman, is set to announce whether any action has to be taken against Asif.

Asif is currently under suspension for being tested positive for a banned substance during random dope test at the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he played for Delhi Daredevils. He is due to appear before IPL committee to face charges and is likely to face some punishment from his home board later on.

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Sandesh Kumar