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ICC apologizes to Swann and adds him for Awards

Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 11:20 [IST]
 
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ICC adds Swann for Awards

The ICC has reportedly apologised to England cricketer Graeme Swann for ignoring him off the initial list for Cricketer of the Year and has added the off-spinner in the list of players for the award.

Swann, ranked as the third best bowler in the world, has had a terrific 12 months across all formats and was voted England's player of the year earlier in the summer.

But despite taking 49 Test wickets at 27.55 and and 28 one-day wickets at 23 in the qualification period, not to mention winning the the World T20, he was left out by the ICC panel among the contenders announced yesterday.

Clive Lloyd, who headed the selection panel, described Swann's absence as "a genuine oversight".

The absence of Swann's name from a list that included six Australians, including seamer Ryan Harris who played just two Tests in the period, was met with incredulity yesterday.

But Lloyd, who was joined by Duncan Fletcher, Angus Fraser, Matthew Hayden and Ravi Shastri on the panel, said it was merely an honest mistake.

"It was a genuine oversight on the part of the committee as Graeme fully deserved to be nominated in this category," he said.

"Graeme, during the voting period, produced some very strong performances which puts him alongside the other top performers. On behalf of the selection panel, I apologise for this oversight."

When asked about the make-up of the long list yesterday Swann's England team-mate Matt Prior said: "Swanny has bowled absolutely brilliantly, he's been fantastic and that's been very obvious for everyone to see.

"The accolades come with performances and Swanny will be keen, whether he's been selected or not selected for them, to carry on as he is."

Swann is also nominated for the Test Player of the Year award, alongside team-mate James Anderson, while Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Eoin Morgan are all up for the Emerging Player title.

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