Cricket South Africa (CSA) has released the shortlist of South African cricketers up for awards following a spectacular 2021/22 season.

It was the first season where things returned to somewhat of normality following the Covid-19 pandemic. Rudimentary crowds were also allowed to return to our glorious stadia. The fans who came out to support were treated to some spectacular cricket, as players were keen to delight.

2021/22 also brought about a change to domestic cricket in South Africa. CSA dropped the franchise set-up, and they implemented a proper provincial system with two divisions.

Both first and second divisions saw teams compete in the CSA T20 Knockout Competition, the CSA Four-Day Series and the CSA One-Day Domestic Cup.

Now comes the time to celebrate the stand-out performers, who will hopefully carry their form into the 2022/23 season.

“It is with great honour and privilege to congratulate all the nominees for the 2021/22 CSA Award”, said CSA Chief Executive Officer, Pholesti Moseki.

“This is the time where we celebrate the achievements of our Men and Women and the platforms that have nurtured the talent to ensure our stars can grow and excel in the game.

“Our teams have really shown to be amongst the best in the world of cricket. Through these prestigious awards, CSA wishes to honour and celebrate every single individual who has been the heart-beat of making this season the resounding success it was.”

The virtual award ceremony will be held on Sunday, 14 August 2022 at 19h00 and broadcast on SuperSport Cricket (Channel 212).

Here are the International CSA award nominees:

SA MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kagiso Rabada

Keshav Maharaj

Temba Bavuma

Rassie van der Dussen

Quinton de Kock

 

SA WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Laura Wolvaardt

Shabnim Ismail

Ayabonga Khaka

Marizanne Kapp

Sune Luus

 

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Kyle Verreynne

Marco Jansen

Keegan Petersen

Sarel Erwee

 

T20 INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Quinton de Kock

Aiden Markram

Tabraiz Shamsi

Anrich Nortje

Kagiso Rabada

 

MOMENTUM WOMEN’S T20 INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Laura Wolvaardt

Lizelle Lee

Ayabonga Khaka

Marizanne Kapp

 

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Janneman Malan

Rassie van der Dussen

Quinton de Kock

Tabraiz Shamsi

Keshav Maharaj

 

MOMENTUM WOMEN’S ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Laura Wolvaardt

Shabnim Ismail

Ayabonga Khaka

Marizanne Kapp

Sune Luus

 

TEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dean Elgar

Temba Bavuma

Keshav Maharaj

Kagiso Rabada

Marco Jansen

Keegan Petersen

 

The CSA award nominees on a domestic front are:

 

DOMESTIC NEWCOMER OF THE SEASON

Kyle Simmonds (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

Tristan Stubbs (Gbets Warriors)

Mitchell van Buuren (Imperial Lions)

Daniel Smith (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

 

T20 KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT

Migael Pretorius (ITEC Knights)

Ottneil Baartman (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

Herschell America (Six Gun Grill South Western Districts)

Rilee Rossouw (ITEC Knights)

Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins))

 

DIVISION 1 T20 CHALLENGE PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Pieter Malan (Gbets Rocks)

Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans)

Tristan Stubbs (Gbets Warriors)

Ziyaad Abrahams (Gbets Rocks)

Shaun von Berg (Gbets Rocks)

 

DIVISION 1 4-DAY DOMESTIC SERIES PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Pieter Malan (Gbets Rocks)

Ryan Rickelton (Imperial Lions)

Simon Harmer (Momentum Multiply Titans)

David Bedingham (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

Kyle Simmonds (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

 

DIVISION 1 ONE-DAY CUP PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans)

Sisanda Magala (Imperial Lions)

Wihaan Lubbe (Gbets Warriors)

Sibonelo Makhanya (Momentum Multiply Titans)

Stiaan van Zyl (Gbets Rocks)

 

DIVISION 1 COACH OF THE SEASON

Wandile Gwavu (Imperial Lions)

Mandla Mashimbyi (Momentum Multiply Titans)

Salieg Nackerdien (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

 

THE BEST DELIVERY FUELLED BY KFC

Ismail to Matthews

Klaas to Beamount

Ismail to Martin

Klaas to Brunt

Harmer to Shanto

Olivier to Latham

Rabada to Blundell

Maharaj to Mitchell

 

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that they will still travel to Australia in December. However, they will not be playing the Baggy Greens in the scheduled three-match One-Day International (ODI) series in January 2023.

Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the news in a statement early on Wednesday morning.

“CSA had asked CA to reconsider the dates of the three matches originally set aside for January 12-17 due to a clash with their new franchise T20 league,” said the statement.

“But, CA announced today they have been unable to find alternative dates to reschedule the series.”

In a statement released by CSA, Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki said that they always try to honour bilateral commitments. However, sometimes “unforeseen circumstances” would negate this resolve.

“In the case of the Australia tour, CSA reached out to its counterpart months ago to reschedule the tour to mutually agreeable dates,” Moseki said.

Pholetsi Moseki at a CSA media conference
CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki

“CSA offered four options to that effect. Unfortunately, and to our disappointment, none of these was acceptable to Cricket Australia.”

Easy points for Australia

This will see the Proteas lose out on important Super League points.

The Super League determines who will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. At the moment, the Proteas are in 11th place in this standings list.

The top eight teams will earn direct passage into the World Cup. The five teams at the bottom of the log will have to go through a qualifying tournament.

“CSA has agreed that ICC award Australia the competition points. While we are saddened at losing the crucial points, we are confident that our in-form Proteas team will garner the requisite points through the remaining games to secure automatic qualification to the showpiece event in India next year,” Moseki confirmed.

T20 vs ODI

CSA has taken a stance. Their hopes of having a successful T20 League of higher importance than qualifying for the World Cup.

“As difficult as this decision has been for CSA, the long-term sustainability of our new T20 League is reliant on having all our domestic players available for this exciting new addition to the CSA calendar.

“CSA is looking forward to be hosted by Cricket Australia for an enticing blend of cricket in the Three-Test series which includes the Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests in Melbourne and Sydney,” concluded Moseki.

Protea team coming together in a huddle after taking a wicket
What is to come

Proteas schedule for the rest of the year;

ODI Series vs England: 19, 22, and 24 July

T20 Series vs England: 27, 28, and 31 July

T20 Series vs Ireland: 3 and 5 August

Test Series vs England;

First Test: 17-21 August

Second Test: 25-29 August

Third Test: 8-12 September

T20 World Cup;

v. TBD: 24 October

v.Bangladesh: 27 October

v. India: 30 October

v. Pakistan: 3 November

v. TBD: 6 November

Test Series v Australia;

First Test: 17-21 December

Second Test: 26-30 December

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