Swann snubbed for top award

England spinner omitted from long-list despite stellar year

Last updated: 19th August 2010  

Swann snubbed for top award

Swann: surprise omission

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England spinner Graeme Swann is a surprise omission from the International Cricket Council's long-list for their Cricketer of the Year prize.

A total of eight players are each up for three awards at the annual ceremony, but no England player is in consideration for the top honour.

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis from South Africa, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag from India, Shane Watson and Doug Bollinger from Australia and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene are the men who feature in the Test, ODI and player of the year categories.

Swann, who signed a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire on Wednesday, might feel aggrieved not to be among the 16-strong contenders for the top gong, having taken 49 Test wickets at 27.55 and 28 one-day wickets at 23 in the qualification period.

The off-spinner, currently ranked number three in the world, is on the Test long-list alongside James Anderson, while team-mates Eoin Morgan, Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan are all up for the Emerging Player award.

Ireland batsman Paul Stirling is also in the running for that title, and is joined on the Associate Player of the Year list by compatriots Trent Johnston and Kevin O'Brien and Scotland's Richie Berrington and Mudassar Bukhari.

Shortlists for each award will be produced before the ceremony on October 6 in Bengaluru, India.

Long-lists of nominees (will be reduced to a short-list in due course)

Cricketer of the Year
Hashim Amla (SA)
Doug Bollinger (Aus)
Michael Clarke (Aus)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)
Ryan Harris (Aus)
Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Morne Morkel (SA)
Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Virender Sehwag (Ind)
Dale Steyn (SA)
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
Daniel Vettori (NZ)
AB de Villiers (SA)
Shane Watson (Aus)

Test Player of the Year
Hashim Amla (SA)
James Anderson (Eng)
Mohammad Asif (Pak)
Doug Bollinger (Aus)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)
Tamim Iqbal (BD)
Mahela Jayawardene (SL)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Simon Katich (Aus)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Thilan Samaraweera (SL)
Virender Sehwag (Ind)
Dale Steyn (SA)
Graeme Swann (Eng)
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
Shane Watson (Aus)

ODI Player of the Year
Hashim Amla (SA)
Doug Bollinger (Aus)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)
Tillekeratne Dilshan (SL)
Ryan Harris (Aus)
Michael Hussey (Aus)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Virender Sehwag (Ind)
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)
AB de Villiers (SA)
Daniel Vettori (NZ)
Shane Watson (Aus)
Cameron White (Aus)

Emerging Player of the Year
Mohammad Amir (Pak)
Umar Akmal (Pak)
Tim Bresnan (Eng)
Steven Finn (Eng)
Shafiul Islam (BD)
Ravindra Jadeja (Ind)
Virat Kohli (Ind)
Angelo Mathews (SL)
Eoin Morgan (Eng)
Pragyan Ojha (Ind)
Tim Paine (Aus)
Wayne Parnell (SA)
Kemar Roach (WI)
Steven Smith (Aus)
Paul Stirling (Ire)
David Warner (Aus)

Comments (11)

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Azeezul haq Abdul jaleel says...

Yes he fully deserves on merit. Allso a head of few other players.If you look at the England performance during the last year swann gets more credit than the others

Posted 15:31 19th August 2010

Bruce Duffett says...

Remember this is our opininions, were are most of the ICC selection commitee from. Would this be the reason so many asian players are included ? Emerging Player Eoin Morgan is a joke he should be winning ODI he is a star. Cricketer of the year may be a bit of sentiment but has to be Muri or Tendulker. Swan should be on the list as he is good but to winit.....no

Posted 15:22 19th August 2010

Chiggs Desai says...

I think Swann is rightly nominated for Test cricketer of the year as he is a tremendously improved cricketer over the past 18 months or so. What baffles me is how is Pointing and struggling Mitchel Johnson listed for Cricketer of the Year. I understand by just being nominated would have shown an appreciation towards Swanns contribution but I feel Amla, Steyn, Kallis, Tendulkar and Sehwag are way ahead in the list and should make the final nominations.

Posted 11:01 19th August 2010

Darryl Springer says...

These lists are rubbish, How can Swann not be considered for cricketer of the year! Considering that aside from his wonderful test form and his solid ODI stats he was also an integral part of Englands world T20 winning team and took vital wickets in that tournament (and at a good economy). TO my mind the presence of MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting on this list is suprising as neither have had particularly great years and has Ryan Harris really done enough? I don''t quite think that Swann should win the award as Amla and Sehwag have been outstanding, but he should be on the short list let alone the long list.

Posted 10:18 19th August 2010

Michael Mulhall says...

I''ll add that swann has bowled well against south africa in south africa and there not a poor test side. He also has done well against India when he was called back into the Endland team. Can anybody tell me what Ryan harris is done on the list what has he done?

Posted 09:31 19th August 2010

El Nino says...

sky cricket pundits should analyse the stats properly before making statements... besides they should also talk about the entire truth and not focus on the negatives... for whatever Swann has achieved he has been named in the test player of the year list. but how does the warrant him being in the cricketer of the year shortlist when he has hardly achieved anything in one day internationals yet. (48 wickets in 38 games... hardly a stat to boast of) Even in his test career Graeme Swann picked up 97 wickets of which 48 wickets have been against Bangladesh and West Indies, two teams who are in foot of the test rankings... (Bangladesh who have 0% win record against most test nations.. and West Indies are one of the the two teams which have lost a test to even Bangladesh)

Posted 01:11 19th August 2010

Bill Flack says...

what is it Botham always says, "Cricket was a game in favour of the batsman"

Posted 16:56 18th August 2010

Adam Whiteley says...

i am supprised actually, i must admit, having come off the back of the most brilliant 18 months of his career, englands premier spinner now ahead of panesar for the last 12 months reaching number 3 bowler in the world, you''d think he was at the very least on the list.

Posted 16:55 18th August 2010

Bassil Chapman says...

After reading the top 16 cricketer award I was amazed to see the most improved cricketer in the world over the past year - England''s bowler Swann was not in this list. I am wondering where the selectors for the list were watching their cricket. I watch all the world cricket on sky and read all the reports on the matches throughout the world, it seems that if anyone deserves to be in this list it is Graeme Swann of England. Surely his position in the world ranking list should give him a place in the top 16. Please explain - Bassil Chapman (life long cricket lover now 79 years of age.

Posted 16:02 18th August 2010

Jay Vyas says...

i am not surprised. let''s face it ,swan''s achievements have been against very poor teams. west indies, bangladesh , depleted school boys from pakistan.even ausies are not that good these days

Posted 15:32 18th August 2010

Ibby Mahmood says...

graeme swann should be in the list as well as mohammed amir and mohammed asif

Posted 15:26 18th August 2010

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