CSA announced nominees for Annual Awards 2021, Anrich Nortje for Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje, batsman Aiden Markram and women’s all-rounder Shabnim Ismail has been nominated for six categories at the Cricket South Africa(CSA) Awards.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that the annual function to praise the efforts of both the men’s and women’s players will take place on May 31. Fast bowler Anrich Nortje, batsman Aiden Markram and women’s all-rounder Shabnim Ismail has been nominated for six categories at the Cricket South Africa(CSA) Awards.

CSA said that announcing the annual awards, the board gives recognition and support to the leading men and women players who didn’t stop during the extremely difficult situation of COVID-19. Also, CSA said that this year the women’s side had played extraordinary well and achieved a first-ever white-ball series by 4-1 in 5 match series against India. SA women also achieved a similar result against Pakistan in a restricted format.

All four players Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje, and Rassie van der Dussen who are nominated for the Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award have never won the award before.

Shabnim (2015), Sune Luus (2017), and Laura Wolvaardt (2020) all are the previous winners of the SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. Lizelle Lee is the fourth nominated lister and is currently ranked No.1 batter in the world in One-Day International (ODI) cricket.

CSA Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki congratulated all the nominated players and praised their achievements.

“It is my great pleasure and privilege to congratulate all the nominees as we celebrate the achievements of both our Proteas men’s and Momentum Proteas women’s squads,” Moseki stated.

He also announced the newly approved award ‘The Makhaya Ntini Power of Cricket‘, an award named after the legendary cricketer Makhaya Ntini.

Moseki said, “I am also delighted to announce that the interim Board has approved a new award named after one of our legends, The Makhaya Ntini Power of Cricket award.”

At last, Moseki appreciated and thanked the medical team for making the game possible in the bad times of the COVID-19 crisis.

“It has been a challenging year in the new normal resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and we must also thank our outstanding medical team for making cricket possible at both international and domestic level,” Moseki concluded.

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