After what seemed to be a no-return back injury that left her in hospital, cricket’s comeback kid Shandre Fritz is up for two ICC Cricket Awards, at the LG ICC Awards 2011 on 12 September in London, England. Photo: Cricket SAShandré Fritz of South Africa’s national women’s cricket team has been nominated for two LG ICC Awards. She will be competing against her captain, Cri-Zelda Brits for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year award, while she will be the only female competing for the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year award, a nomination she shares with Proteas Graeme Smith and JP Duminy.

Fritz’s record breaking T20 performance against the Netherlands during the inaugural ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge in 2010 which saw her smash an unbeaten 116 runs off just 71 balls was a performance worthy of her nominations.

“I am speechless about these nominations,” she commented, “I didn’t expect to be nominated and I feel proud and honoured to see my name on the list. I wouldn’t be the player I am without my parents, grandmother and our new coach Yashin Ebrahim who has completely turned the team around.”

Brits, who is stunned by her nomination said; “It’s so nice to be recognized for all the hard work we do. To receive this nomination shows that the effort put in by our coaches is worth it and the hard work that we put into our game and fitness is bearing fruit.”

Ebrahim is extremely proud of his players and believes that these nominations bode well for the future of women’s cricket in South Africa; “These nominations are a full testament that these two brilliant players have bought into the strategy and philosophy of the team.

This is a true indication of their cricketing ambitions and hopefully South African women’s cricket will get the recognition that these players are striving for so that the squad can reach the same heights as the Proteas men’s team,” he commented.

The eighth edition of the LG ICC Awards 2011 will be held on 12 September in London, England.