Media accreditation process now open for journalists wishing to attend The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the fifth annual LG ICC Awards ceremony would take place in Dubai on 10 September.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the fifth annual LG ICC Awards ceremony would take place in Dubai on 10 September.
The event was due to be staged in Lahore ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy but with that tournament being postponed, it will now go ahead in Dubai, where the ICC has its headquarters.
"It is of course unfortunate in the circumstances that we had to change venue because we were all looking forward to a great ICC Awards night in Pakistan," said ICC President David Morgan.
"But Dubai is a major player in the world of international cricket these days and it is good to be able to bring such a prestigious event to the home of the ICC," he said.
"In fact, Dubai is, in many ways, the perfect venue for the ICC Awards. The city is centrally located for the global game and it is set to become a major cricketing hub in its own right. The ICC Global Cricket Academy is set to open early next year, as is the brand-new 25,000-seater cricket stadium at Dubai Sports City."
This year's LG ICC Awards includes eight individual prizes, including a new one for the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year.
It also features the selection of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year and the award to the side that has adhered most to the Spirit of Cricket.
The nominations for seven of the awards were made by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by West Indies legend Clive Lloyd. The panel also includes former Australia captain Greg Chappell, recently retired South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock, former Sri Lanka opener Sidath Wettimuny and former Bangladesh batsman Athar Ali Khan. This panel will also select the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year.
The winners of these seven individual awards will be voted upon by a 25-person panel from around the world, made up of renowned former players, respected members of the media, and an elite umpire and elite match referee.
Meanwhile, the nominations for the Women's Cricketer of the Year Award were decided after each of the world's top 10 teams was given the opportunity to nominate two players. This award will be voted on by a separate 16-person voting academy featuring former players and other experts on the women's game.
The Spirit of Cricket Award will be voted on by all the international captains as well as all members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
This year sees the introduction of a new award, the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award, which will mark an outstanding individual effort in this newest format of the international game.
Also, the Associate ODI Player of the Year Award has been upgraded to the Associate Player of the Year Award and serves to recognise and reward the efforts in ODIs and other international matches of the outstanding cricketer from the six countries outside the ICC Full Members, namely Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Scotland.
Based on the 12 months between 9 August 2007 and 12 August 2008, the LG ICC Awards 2008 - presented in association with FICA - will take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game. That period includes the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 2007 in South Africa.
The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its fifth year and this will be the first time it has been staged in Dubai. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006) and Johannesburg (2007).
"The LG ICC Awards are an opportunity to pay homage to the remarkable performances of the world's top players," said Mr Morgan.
"It is also a chance for lovers of the sport around the globe to reflect on some of the great cricketing feats they have witnessed over the previous 12 months. This will be the fifth time the awards have been handed out and yet again there are so many great performances to recall. I don?t envy the job facing the selectors and voting academy," he said.
LG ICC Awards 2008
Test Player of the Year
ODI Player of the Year
Emerging Player of the Year
Cricketer of the Year
Associate Player of the Year
Twenty20 International Performance of the Year
Women's Cricketer of the Year
Umpire of the Year
Spirit of Cricket
More information including the names of the previous winners can be found in the Awards section of the ICC website www.icc-cricket.com