Sports News / Cricket News > Pakistan’s T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and international umpire Aleem Dar, could not win the ICC awards this year, at a ceremony held in Colombo on Saturday.
They were the only Pakistanis nominated for the awards of the Spirit of the Year and the Umpire of the Year, respectively.
Instead, New Zealand left-arm spinner,Daniel Vettori won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award while the David Shepherd trophy for the Umpire of the Year went to Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena..
The New Zealand left-arm spinner won the Spirit of Cricket award, for a sporting gesture during a Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last November.
The match was heading to a tight finish, when Vettori accidentally collided with the non-striker Malcolm Waller during his follow-through. The clash hindered Waller from taking a single, and by that time the striker Regis Chakabva was too far down the track to get back. Though the wicketkeeper Reece Young took off the bails, Vettori immediately indicated that he had blocked Waller, and New Zealand decided to not appeal for Chakbva’s wicket.
Vettori’s gesture earned him the award ahead of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and the South African pair of Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. MS Dhoni had taken the award last year, for recalling Ian Bell after a controversial run-out during the Trent Bridge Test.
Dharmasena won the umpire of the year award for the first time. The other nominees were five-time winner Simon Taufel, three-time winner Aleem Dar, along with New Zealand’s Billy Bowden, England’s Richard Kettleborough and Australia’s Rodney Tucker.