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The Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy is a cricket trophy awarded annually by the International Cricket Council to its chosen Player of the Year. It was first awarded in 2004.

The trophy is handcrafted by leading international crystal manufacturer Swarovski. The design features a red crystal cricket ball studded with over 4200 Swarovski crystal chantons, resting on a brass hand extended from a gold-plated base.

The trophy is named after former West Indies cricket captain Sir Garfield Sobers, whose name was chosen by a panel consisting of Richie Benaud, Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Holding. They were asked by the ICC to select "an individual with whom to honour cricket's ultimate individual award".[1]



The recipient of the annual award is selected by an "academy" of 56 individuals (expanded from 50 in 2004), including the current national team captains of the Test-playing nations (10), members of the elite panel of ICC umpires and referees (18), and certain prominent former players and cricket correspondents (28). In the event of a tie in the voting, the award is shared.



Dravid polled 64 votes to win the trophy. England's all-rounder Andrew Flintoff (44) was placed ahead of South Africa's all-rounder Jacques Kallis (44) for second place on count back, while Australian batsman Matthew Hayden finished fourth with 38 votes.[2]


Note: Both players finished level on 86 votes. The top five players in the poll were:

  • 1=. Andrew Flintoff (England) and Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 86 votes each
  • 3. Glenn McGrath (Australia) – 39 votes
  • 4. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) – 29 votes
  • 5. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 19 votes

The other nominees for the award were Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan and India's Rahul Dravid.[3]


The other short-listed nominees for the award were Mohammed Yousuf (Pakistan), Michael Hussey (Australia) and Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka).[4]


The other short-listed nominees for the award were Mohammed Yousuf (Pakistan) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies).[5]


The other short-listed nominees for the award were Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) and Dale Steyn (South Africa).[6]


The other short-listed nominees for the award were Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India) and Andrew Strauss (England).[7]

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