Kumar Sangakkara won the LG People's Choice Award for the second year in a row at the LG ICC Awards evening in Colombo.
Sangakkara was voted to the award by the general public and beat off strong competition for the award from South Africa duo Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander, India's Sachin Tendulkar and England's James Anderson.
The award, which was introduced at the 2010 LG ICC Awards in Bengaluru, was chosen by cricket fans around the world who had, in the course of the last four weeks, the opportunity to vote for their favourite player.
Chief Marketing Officer of LG Electronics LK Gupta, announced that the Sri Lankan had scooped the prize at the ceremony in Colombo.
The cricketers were selected for exhibiting the values that embody the LG brand, by a five-man ICC selection panel. This panel was chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd and includes former international players Clare Connor of England, Carl Hooper of the West Indies, Marvan Atapattu of Sri Lanka and Tom Moody of Australia.
The values by which the winner was judged include innovation, dynamism, strength of decision-making, performing well under pressure and executing a plan to distinction. The winner of this award should demonstrate an ability to engage spectators and should also embody the game's unique spirit, both on and off the field.
Based on the period between Aug 4 2011 and Aug 6 2012, the LG ICC Awards 2012 take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.
For all the individual awards (with the exceptions of the Spirit of Cricket Award and the Umpire of the Year), a long-list compiled by the selection panel was forwarded to a 32-person Voting Academy made up of former players, respected members of the media, an elite umpire and an elite match referee. They voted on a three, two, one basis (with three being the highest value) and the winners emerged.
That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 held in the UAE, the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh in 2011, various rounds of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, as well as numerous Pepsi ICC World Cricket League and Championship fixtures, plus several bilateral Test and ODI series.
The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its ninth year and this year it will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004 and 2011), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009), Dubai (2008) and Bengaluru (2010).