Amla wins big at CSA awards
Johannesburg - Hashim Amla became the third Proteas player to be named South Africa’s cricketer of the year on two occasions, when he received the award for 2012/2013 season at a gala Cricket South Africa (CSA) banquet in Sandton on Monday night.Amla had previously won the award in 2010 and joined two other dual winners in Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011). Other previous winners of the award include Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009) and Vernon Philander (2012).It was a special evening for Amla who won four awards in all - the only award for which he was nominated but did not win was the ODI Player of the Year which went to AB de Villiers. Amla was also named South Africa's Test cricketer of the year and SA fans’ cricketer of the year by popular vote while his historic treble century in The Oval Test against England in 2012 won him the KFC ‘So Good’ award.De Villiers picked up a second award as the SA players’ player of the year while Dale Steyn was named KFC T20 international player of the year and Kallis won the RAM SLAM delivery of the year award by dismissing his old rival, Ricky Ponting of Australia, on day one of the second Test match at the Adelaide Oval.Marizanne Kapp was named South African women’s cricketer of the year while Kyle Abbott rounded out the international awards by being named South Africa's newcomer of the year."This has been another amazing year for our top players," said CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat.
"As if that is not remarkable enough he is also the No. 1 rated player on the ICC rankings for Test and ODI players."The greatest quality he brings to the game is his attitude and humility, which aptly displays the true spirit of cricket.