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Dravid in race for ICC's top award

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Sep 06, 2006 at 02:53pm IST

New Delhi: The nominations for the annual International Cricket Council awards have been made and Indian skipper Rahul Dravid finds his name in four categories.

Dravid has been nominated for Sir Garfield Sobers Award for the Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year, ODI Player of the Year, and Captain of the Year awards, ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed announced on Wednesday.

He is the only Indian among the 13 who are in the running for the Cricketer of the Year Award.

AIMING FOR: He is the only Indian who is in the running for the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award.

Dravid is joined by his teammates Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan, both of whom have been nominated in the ODI Player of the Year category.

Besides Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan, 15 other players have been nominated for the ODI Player of Year award.

The Captain of the Year award is a new award and will be given for the first time this year along with another, Women's Cricketer of the Year.

Anjum Chopra and Neetu David are the two Indian nominations for the Women's Cricketer of the Year award.

Dravid faces tough competition for the Test Player award from his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting, England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, among others, for the Sobers trophy.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to find an entry while left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, England's first Sikh player, was a surprise nomination for the Cricketer of the Year award.

The awards will be announced during the ICC Champions Trophy on October 23 in Mumbai.

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