Shaun Pollock voted kids~~ favourite cricketer

Published: Monday, October 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg:Former South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock was voted the favourite player by children in a national contest that ended with a gala final in Johannesburg.

The all-rounder was voted as the Favourite Cricket player in that category at the 2005 Star in U Kids Awards Saturday night, ahead of four of his national teammates - current captain Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis voted (ICC player of the year last week), Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel.

The voting procedure was a rigorous process in which kids from across the country were invited to vote for their favourite star via SMSs through the television programme YOTV Wildroom, ballot forms through the Sunday Times ReadRight and through national theatre group Ster-Kinekor.

Speaking from Sydney, where he is currently with the World XI squad for the Johnny Walker Super Series Test against Australia, Pollock said: "I feel humbled by the nomination and being voted as the favourite player by kids."

"It goes a long way to realise the importance of being seen as a role model. It is certainly one of my career highlights as a professional cricketer and I value this award dearly."

Pollock is the leading South African wicket-taker in both Tests and One-Day Internationals and has consistently been in the top ten of the world bowling rankings.

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