By ICC Media Release
On this week's LG ICC Awards 2011 special ICC Cricket World Radio Show, South Africa's Hashim Amla talks exclusively.
"It's a huge honour and privilege to be nominated alongside such great players who have also had great years, it means a lot to me. I'm proud to be nominated against all these guys, but no matter what happens it's a big enough honour to be nominated and I'm hoping that regardless of what happens in the awards I hope I can continue to perform," says Amla.
"The ICC Cricket World Cup was a highlight for me this year, I really enjoyed it, it was my first World Cup, it was well organised and even though we didn't perform as well as we could have, the team spirit was truly fantastic," reflects the opening batsman who also featured in the recently announced ICC Test Team of the Year.
Based on the period between 11 August 2010 and 3 August 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 - presented in association with FICA - take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.
The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want free cricket content for editorial use, while the public can also download it straight from www.icc-cricket.com or from iTunes.
Also on this week's show, fellow nominee Pakistan's Azhar Ali talks about being short-listed for the ICC Emerging Player of the Year and looks ahead to the current series against Zimbabwe. The 26-year-old batsman is up against fellow countryman Wahab Riaz and West Indies duo Darren Bravo and Devendra Bishoo for the title.
"It feels good to be nominated alongside Wahab Riaz as we play cricket together not only in the national team but also in Lahore for our domestic team. It's great he's on the short-list too, it helps that one of my team-mates is competitive as well and pushing for the same award," says Azhar.
"Lots of people have helped me throughout my career, I can't name them all but especially Waqar Younis have given me a lot of confidence that I can play my best game and that I am good enough to be here. Lots of people have supported me from the Pakistan National Cricket Academy along with my own domestic side's coaches and captains.
"The awards are a good incentive, if you keep performing well you'll get the recognition you deserve," adds Azhar.
Finally, former India captain-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri looks ahead to the upcoming ODI series between England the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 champions, India, that begins tomorrow in Durham.
"England will start as favourites for this series, at home, fielding in home conditions and they are in fact a far superior fielding side to India. Fielding is the key here, that will keep India in with a chance in these games. It will be interesting to see where they place Rahul Dravid, he could be handy even at number five or six, unless the conditions dictate otherwise," observes Shastri.
This show has been put together by the ICC's global broadcast partner, ESPN STAR Sports.