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NEWS: Keshav Maharaj and Ayabonga Khaka win top accolades at CSA awards

Keshav Maharaj and Ayabonga Khaka were named the Men’s and Women’s Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) virtual awards ceremony which was held on Sunday.

Keshav Maharaj of the Proteas

Keshav Maharaj and Ayabonga Khaka were named the Men's and Women's Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa's (CSA) virtual awards ceremony which was held on Sunday.

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A memorable occasion for Maharaj and Khaka, who were also voted as favourites by their teammates to claim the SA Men and SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year awards, respectively.

In the men’s awards, other winners included Kagiso Rabada, who was named the Test Player of the Year, Aiden Markram was named the T20 International Player of the Year, and Janneman Malan who was named the ODI Player of the Year.

Marco Jansen was named the International Newcomer of the Year and Mitchell van Buuren named the Domestic Newcomer of the Season.

Notable winners from the women’s categories were Lizelle Lee (Women’s T20 International Player of the Year) and Laura Wolvaardt (Women’s ODI Player of the Year).

For The Best Delivery Fueled by KFC and voted for by the fans, Simon Harmer took the award for the dismissal of Najmul Hossain Shanto in the first Test match against Bangladesh in Durban.

The SA Fans’ Player of the Year went to David Miller, with the explosive left-handed batter also the fan’s favourite after an explosive white-ball season.

Nonkululeko Mlaba was honoured with the Makhaya Ntini Power of Cricket Award, which celebrates the perseverance, passion and the overwhelming pride of people who have used their talent to change their circumstances.

On the domestic front, Sisanda Magala was the biggest winner, taking home three awards.

The Lions all-rounder Magala won the Division 1 One-Day Cup Player of the Season, Domestic Players’ Player of the Season, and the SACA Most Valuable Player Award.

Honours were also recorded on the Amateur Awards as Tazmin Brits took home the CSA Women’s Provincial Player of the Year, Dewald Brevis was named the CSA U19 Player of the Year, Boland’s Nathan Engelbrecht was named the CSA Rural Cricket Player of the Year and T20 Community Cup Player of the Tournament.

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