The shortlists for the ICC Awards 2021, the annual event celebrating the achievements in cricket through the year, will be announced from 28 December.
After a year that comprised major international events such as the ICC World Test Championship Final and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 apart from numerous bilateral series in which records were broken, the ICC Awards 2021 promises intrigue.
Here’s everything you need to know about ICC Awards 2021.
What are the categories?
This year’s awards will comprise a total of 13 individual awards in all, as well as five Team of the Year announcements for each format across both men’s and women’s cricket.
The individual award categories are:
- Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year
- Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Spirit of Cricket Award
- ICC Umpire of the Year
Who are in contention?
The nominees for each of the first seven categories will be announced from 28 December to 31 December.
Each of those seven categories will have a shortlist of four nominees, comprising players who have had the most impactful performances in the period under consideration – 1 January 2021 to December 31 2021.
The nominees will be decided by the Awards panel, comprising prominent cricket journalists and broadcasters from across the globe along with Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s CEO.
How will the winners be decided?
The Voting Academy, comprising a wider selection of global cricket journalists and broadcasters, will vote for their first, second and third choices for each category.
The ICC will also take into consideration fans’ votes via ICC’s digital channels.
The result of the Voting Academy selections and the fans’ vote will be combined to determine the winner in each of the first seven categories.
Categories and nominees announced so far
ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year
- Joe Root
- Kyle Jamieson
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Ravichandran Ashwin
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year
- Tammy Beaumont
- Lizelle Lee
- Hayley Matthews
- Fatima Sana
ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year
- Jos Buttler
- Wanindu Hasaranga
- Mitchell Marsh
- Mohammad Rizwan
ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Babar Azam
- Janneman Malan
- Paul Stirling
ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year
- Tammy Beaumont
- Gaby Lewis
- Smriti Mandhana
- Nat Sciver
How are the Team of the Years decided?
The ICC Team of the Year for each category will be decided by the Voting Academy via an online survey – each member of the Voting Academy will select their teams in batting order and nominate a captain from their selections for each format.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners for each category will be announced in January.
The official ICC Team of the Years are set to be announced on 17 and 18 January. The individual awards pertaining to women’s cricket will be announced on 23 January. The men’s awards, as well as the Spirit of Cricket and Umpire of the Year award, will be announced on 24 January.