Sydney:Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis were jointly named Players of the Year at the ICC Awards in Sydney after a dramatic tie today. Both players finished level on 86 votes after the votes of the 50-member ICC Awards voting Academy were tallied, leading to the first tie in the short history of the ICC Awards. For both players, receiving the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in world cricket, capped fantastic nights. Flintoff was earlier named in both the ODI and Test teams of the Year, and all three honours served as recognition of his dynamic displays during the voting period. Kallis, who was also named the Test Player of the Year, was named in the Test Team of the Year and was chosen as twelfth man for the ODI Team of the Year. Dual honour England batsman Kevin Pietersen bagged the ICC awards for the One-Day Player and the Emerging Player of the Year. The South African-born batsman has had a sensational year, making three 100s and four 50s from 21 one dayers. In the Test category, he only played the first Ashes Test which was a part of the voting period, and scored two half centuries. India's only nominee at the ICC Awards, Dinesh Karthik, was vying for the Emerging Player category, but he clearly he stood no chance. Best Umpire Simon Taufel picked up the award for the Umpire of the Year for the second year running. The 34-year-old from Australia was the clear winner of the trophy ahead of Pakistan's Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen of South Africa. The result emerged after votes were tallied from the captains of the ten Test-playing countries and the seven members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. One of the youngest umpires in international cricket, Taufel gave up his own cricket-playing career because of injuries. In other categories, the English team won the Spirit of Cricket award.