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    3 Afghans named for ICC awards

    KABUL (PAN): Three players from Afghanistan have been named for this year's Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year awards that serve to recognise and reward efforts in all international matches of outstanding cricketers from teams that are not full members of the ICC.

    The Irish have the highest number of nominees with six names on the list, followed by Afghanistan with three nominees. The Netherlands, Canada and the United Arab Emirates have one nomination each, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.

    "Based on the period between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 - presented in association FICA - will take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game," an ICC statement said.

    That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the ICC Intercontinental Cup final, several ICC World Cricket Leagues as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series.

    The LG ICC Awards ceremony, now in its eighth year, will be held in London this year.
    For the second time, this year's awards feature the category, the LG People's Choice Award. This award will be chosen by cricket fans around the world, who will get a chance to vote for their favourite player online from a short-list of five cricketers.

    Skipper Nawroz Mangal, fast bowler Hamid Hassan and top-order batsman Shahzad Mohammadi are in the run for the award.