Outraged by the exclusion of South African players from the ICC annual awards nominations, Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola has questioned the credibility of the list, saying he can’t figure out the selection criteria.
“To me, it looks like the only way to get on these nomination lists is to play the Ashes,” Majola fumed.
“Unfortunately, our players don’t play for England or Australia. That seems to be the criteria to select these awards. I don’t know what the criteria are for these nominations but I simply can’t believe that this has happened to South African players,” the CSA chief told ‘Cricinfo’
“My personal opinion is that this doesn’t lend credibility to this year’s awards, for sure. To rub salt to our wounds, the awards ceremony is being held in our country,” he added.
None of the South African cricketers were picked for the final nominations, dominated by Indians, Englishmen and Sri Lankans. The awards would be given out at here on October 1.
Majola said the selection panel for the awards’ nominees seems to have completely ignored the Proteas’ excellent Test and one-day performance last year, during which they also became the world’s number one side in both forms of the game.