Dubai, July 28: He may not be all that popular after India lost the first Test at Lord's, but India's World Cup winning skipper M S Dhoni is among 5 cricketers that have been short-listed for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) People's Choice Award.
The group also includes South African batsman Hashim Amla, Chris Gayle of West Indies, former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and England's Jonathan Trott.
The nomination of the list was conducted by a panel of cricket experts headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, along with Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas, England's Mike Gatting, South Africa's Paul Adams and New Zealand's Danny Morrison.
Now cricket fans from across the world will be handed the opportunity to chose their current cricketing hero. Voting will be open until 16:30hrs IST (11:00am GMT) on August 25 and the winner will be declared on September 12 at the LG ICC Awards in London.
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was recipient to the honour in 2010, the inaugural time when the award was included in the ICC's list.
"The LG ICC Awards is now a prestigious event in the cricketing calendar and we are delighted that fans will again be able to have their say on who should win one of the awards in 2011," said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.