AMLA CLEANS UP AT THE CRICKET AWARDS
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
Hashim Amla scooped four cricket awards, including Cricketer of the Year award at the 2013 South African Cricket Awards held in Sandton on Monday night.
Other awards are the Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year, SA Fans ‘cricketer of the Year and the KFC ‘So Good’ award. It was clearly a special night for the Proteas’ batsman as he was the man of the night.
AMLA became the third Proteas player to be named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year on two occasions. He had previously won the award in 2010 and joined two other dual winners in Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011).
The only award for which he was nominated but did not win was the Momentum ODI Player of the Year which went to AB de Villiers.
CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat told Supersport that he is very pleased with how the event turned out. “It is not easy to keep finding special words to speak about Hashim. He has set SA record test scores since unity against both England and Australia and he is the first player to score a test treble century for our country,” Lorgat said. He then concluded by saying what a “wonderful” role model Amla is to the youth of South Africa.
Other big winners included Proteas’ ODI Captain AB de Villiers. De Villiers walked away with the SA Players’ Player of the Year award and the award for the Momentum ODI Player of the Year.
Bowler Dale Steyn received the KFC T20 International Player of the Year award and the legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis won the RAM SLAM delivery of the year for the dismissal of Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting, in the test match at the Adelaide Oval.
In domestic cricket, the Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season went to Cape Cobras’ Johann Louw and the Highveld Lion’ coach Geoffrey Toyana took the award for Coach of the Year.
In the women’s cricket, Marizanne Kapp received the award for the Cricketer of the Year.
The honorary Khaya Majola Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Hoosain Ayob. He received the award for the services he contributed to cricket in South Africa over the years both as a player and a coach.