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Kagiso Rabada dominates nominations for CSA awards

Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has won four nominations and captain Faf du Plessis three for the 2018/19 CSA Men’s International Awards.

Proteas Women skipper Dane van Niekerk and number one ranked fast bowler Marizanne Kapp have both won nominations in four categories in the women’s section.

The gala event to honour South Africa’s top-performing professional cricketers over the past year will take place on Saturday evening, 3 August 2019, at the Sun Square Arena in Pretoria.

The CSA Awards Judging panel recently finalized the nominations list for the occasion.

Du Plessis, the No. 4 ranked batsman in ODI cricket and the No. 10 in Test cricket, and Rabada, the No. 3 ranked bowler in both ODI and Test cricket, have been nominated in the following three categories: SA Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year. In addition, either one of them could secure their peers’ vote as SA Players’ Player of the Year and could be a contender for SA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.

Rabada could also be in contention for the CSA Delivery of the Year where the other contenders are Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo and Keshav Maharaj.

Rabada on a hat-trick

Du Plessis has previously never won CSA’s highest accolade of SA Cricketer of the Year. Of the other nominees for this award, Rabada has won it twice before in 2016 and 2018 while Quinton de Kock won it in 2017. The fourth nominee, Imran Tahir, will, like Du Plessis, also be endeavouring to win the award for the first time.

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South Africa’s Imran Tahir during the ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match at The Oval, London.

De Kock has also been nominated in the Test Cricketer of the Year category along with Du Plessis, Keshav Maharaj, Rabada and Dale Steyn.

Phehlukwayo and Rassie van der Dussen – the latter could also be a contender for international newcomer of the year – have been nominated in both white-ball categories: ODI Cricketer of the Year and T20 International Cricketer of the Year. The other nominees in the latter category are David Miller and Reeza Hendricks.

In the women’s section Van Niekerk, who was named CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2018, and Kapp have both been nominated in this category as well as for T20 International Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year.

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Dane van Niekerk of Surrey bats during the Kia Super League match between Surrey Stars and Lancashire Thunder at The Kia Oval on July 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Lizelle Lee has been recognized in three categories: CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Women’s ODI Player of the Year and Women’s Players’ Player of the Year.

Fast bowler Shabnim Ismail has been nominated for Women’s T20 International Player of the Year.

“It is my great pleasure and privilege to congratulate all the nominees as we celebrate the achievements of both our Proteas men’s and women’s squads,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

“And, while we are doing that, let us not forget to thank all those great and selfless people who work diligently behind the scenes to create opportunities for our leading cricketers to excel.

“Our country continues to produce world-class players. Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir all rank among the top men’s players in the world across the various formats and I think we have all been excited to see new faces such as Rassie van der Dussen, Lutho Sipamla and Zubayr Hamza that have emerged in the past year.”

The CSA Awards Judging Panel consists of: Jeremy Fredericks (Convener), Crystal Arnold, Makhaya Ntini, Clinton du Preez, Lungani Zama and Natalie Germanos with statistical input by Andrew Samson.

“As always, these awards are tough to judge due to the stiff nature of the competition,” commented Fredericks. “Our world-class senior players are well established and there is an encouraging number of international newcomers making their mark as well.

“The judging panel was impressed by the overall performances during the season of the nominees in the various categories,” Fredericks added.

Loyal Proteas fans can also have their say in the awards. The SA Fans Cricketer of the Year requires fans to vote for this award. Further details of how the voting mechanism works can be found on CSA’s Social Media platforms.

Fans also stand a chance of winning a trip to the CSA Awards. One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to the banquet and will have the opportunity to present one of the awards.

SELECTED AWARDS NOMINATIONS

AFRICA T20 CUP PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT

Nandre Burger (Central Gauteng Lions)

Delano Potgieter (Central Gauteng Lions)

Marco Marais (Border)

DOMESTIC NEWCOMER OF THE SEASON

David Bedingham (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors)

Lutho Sipamla (Warriors)

MOMENTUM ONE-DAY CUP CRICKETER OF THE SEASON

Junior Dala (Multiply Titans)

Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans)

Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

CSA T20 CHALLENGE CRICKETER OF THE SEASON

Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions)

Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans)

Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)

Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions)

FOUR-DAY FRANCHISE CRICKETER OF THE SEASON

Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Edward Moore (Warriors)

Keegan Petersen (VKB Knights)

Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)

Nicky van den Bergh (bizhub Highveld Lions)

STANDARD BANK T20 INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Reeza Hendricks

David Miller

Andile Phehlukwayo

Rassie van der Dussen

STANDARD BANK ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Faf du Plessis

Imran Tahir

Andile Phehlukwayo

Kagiso Rabada

Rassie van der Dussen

STANDARD BANK TEST CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Quinton de Kock

Faf du Plessis

Keshav Maharaj

Kagiso Rabada

Dale Steyn

CSA DELIVERY OF THE YEAR

Kesh Maharaj

Andile Phehlukwayo

Vernon Philander

Kagiso Rabada

WOMEN’S T20 INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Shabnim Ismail

Marizanne Kapp

Dane van Niekerk

WOMEN’S ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Marizanne Kapp

Lizelle Lee

Dane van Niekerk

Dane van Niekerk

Laura Wolvaardt

CSA WOMEN’S PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Marizanne Kapp

Lizelle Lee

Dane van Niekerk

CSA WOMEN’S CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Marizanne Kapp

Lizelle Lee

Dane van Niekerk

CSA MEN’S CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Quinton de Kock

Faf du Plessis

Imran Tahir

Kagiso Rabada

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