Cricket South Africa (CSA) organized the CSA awards 2020-21 ceremony virtually on Monday. South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in all formats, Shabnim Ismail and pacer Anrich Nortje won the top awards in the ceremony.
Nortje bagged the “Men’s Cricketer of the Year”, becoming the 12th player to win the honour. Additionally, Nortje won the “International Newcomer of the Year”. He made history by winning the awards for two consecutive years.
Apart from these honours, the Proteas quick also won the Test cricketer of the year, South Africa fans’ player of the year and South Africa men’s players’ player of the year. He shared the South Africa men’s player’s player of the year award with batsman Aiden Markram.
On the other hand, Ismail won the title of the “Women’s Cricketer of the year”. Furthermore, she also won the women’s T20I cricketer of the year and South Africa women’s players’ player of the year awards.
Ismail became the third Momentum Proteas player to bag the cricketer of the year award more than once. It is the second instance when she won the title, winning the award for the first time in 2015. Marizanne Kapp (2013/14) and Dane van Niekerk (2016/18/19) are the other two players to win the award more than once.
Among other awards, batsman Rassie van der Dussen claimed the “Men’s ODI player of the year” title. No. 1 bowler in the T20 Rankings, left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was named the “Men’s T20I Player of the year”. George Linde “Newcomer of the Year” title.
Opening batter took home the “Women’s ODI player of the year award”.
CSA Awards: Pholetsi Moseki thanks the South Africa cricket fraternity
“Anrich and Shabnim have set the highest standards that we expect from our icon Proteas players. Anrich’s international career to date has been remarkable. I warmly congratulate all our winners, both at the international and domestic level, and I also wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, too,” said Cricket South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki.
“I would like to pay a special tribute to our medical team who have done wonders in making the playing of cricket possible. They have set standards in providing bio-secure facilities that compare with the best in the world. The fact that we have been able to play a full season of home international and franchise cricket speaks for itself,” Moseki said expressing his gratitude to the cricket fraternity in South Africa.