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Finn scoops ICC award

Young seamer named emerging player, Sachin awarded top gong

Finn: Top accolade

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England fast bowler Steven Finn was been acknowledged for his impressive start to life as an international cricketer by being named ICC's Emerging Player of the Year.

ICC Awards Player of the Year: Sachin Tendulkar Emerging player: Steven Finn Test player: Virender Sehwag One-day player: AB de Villiers Umpire: Aleem Dar

The Middlesex paceman beat off competition from 15 other players - including England team-mates Eoin Morgan and Tim Bresnan - to scoop the accolade at the ICC Awards in Bangalore.

Finn has made a barnstorming start to his Test career, playing in six Test matches during the voting period and taking 27 wickets at an average of 21.85.

Upon receiving his award, the 21-year-old said: "It's a great honour to win this, an award I wasn't expecting, and I'm very pleased and honoured to be playing Test match cricket for my country.


"I've enjoyed the last few months representing my country and I hope it continues.

"Next up is the Ashes and I think we're well prepared to win the series - we've got a settled side ready to go for this winter."

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar was named ICC's Player of the Year, edging out England's Graeme Swann in the process.

During the 12-month voting period between August, 2009-August 2010, Tendulkar scored 1,064 runs in 10 Tests with six centuries at an average of 81.84.

Tendulkar also claimed the inaugural LG People's Choice Award, with England captain Andrew Strauss among those to miss out.

Tendulkar said: "I'm really excited to have won two awards and this last season for the entire team has been really special.

"To win both of these awards tonight, Cricketer of the Year and the LG People's Choice Award, is special and it's the game's way of appreciating someone's performance.

"It feels great to have two trophies in front of me and I am feeling very proud and happy."

Dar rewarded

India team-mates Virender Sehwag and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also made the ICC's Test Team of the Tear, which featured two Englishmen in Swann and James Anderson.

Australia duo Simon Katich and Doug Bollinger also feature in the Test XI, as do South Africa trio Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara.

South African AB de Villiers won the one-day player of the year award, the right-handed batsman scoring 855 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 71.25 during the voting period.

Also recognised for his efforts was umpire Aleem Dar, who won the David Shepherd Trophy for the second time after being named ICC Umpire of the Year.

Dar, from Pakistan, came top of a poll of the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, based on his decision statistics and officiating skills over the past 12 months.