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Sangakkara takes top honours at ICC Awards

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 19:34 hrs
Sangakkara takes top honours at ICC Awards

Colombo, Sept 15 (IBNS) Kumar Sangakkara was Saturday night presented the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year at the prestigious LG ICC Awards, held at a glittering ceremony in Colombo.

Sangakkara was also named in the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year that were announced last month ahead of this evening's ceremony, while he also picked up the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award and the LG People's Choice trophy tonight in Colombo to round off a spectacular evening for the batsman.



Sangakkara was joined on the winners' list by India's Virat Kohli, who took the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year while West Indies' bowler Sunil Narine claimed his first ever ICC award after being named ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year.

Joining Narine on the winners list was fellow West Indian, Stafanie Taylor, who won the first ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year award, while England's Sarah Taylor claimed the inaugural ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year award.

Ireland's George Dockrell was named the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year for the first time, the award recognises the contribution of the team below Full Member status make in the world of cricket.

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori received the ICC Spirit of Cricket award, while Kumar Dharmasena of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year for the first time.

In total there were 11 individual awards handed out, as well as the two ICC Teams of the Year - for Tests and ODIs.

The Twenty20 International Performance of the Year was won by Richard Levi for his 117 not out against New Zealand in Hamilton on 19 February 2012.

ICC President, Alan Isaac, said: "I'd like to congratulate all of tonight's winners who are all highly deserving of their awards. It's been a fantastic evening and I think a special congratulations is needed of course for Kumar Sangakkara who claimed a spectacular three awards this evening, including of course the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year.

"I would also like to extend my thanks to all of those on the Selection Panel and the various Voting Academies who gave up their time to vote for this evening's awards."

The full list of winners is:

ICC Cricketer of the Year (winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

ICC Test Cricketer of the Year - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year - Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)

ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year - Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year - Sunil Narine (West Indies)

ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year - George Dockrell (Ireland)

ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year - Richard Levi (South Africa)

ICC T20I Women's Cricketer of the Year - Sarah Taylor (England)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award - Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

ICC Umpire of the Year (winning the David Shepherd Trophy) - Kumar Dharmasena

LG People's Choice - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

ICC Test Team of the Year is as follows (in batting order):

Alastair Cook (Eng)

Hashim Amla (SA)

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

Jacques Kallis (SA)

Michael Clarke (Aus - Captain)

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)

Matt Prior (Eng - Wicketkeeper)

Stuart Broad (Eng)

Saeed Ajmal (Pak)

Vernon Philander (SA)

Dale Steyn (SA)

12th Man - AB de Villiers (SA)


ICC ODI Team of the Year is as follows (in batting order):

Gautam Gambhir (Ind)

Alastair Cook (Eng)

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

Virat Kohli (Ind)

MS Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper/captain)

Michael Clarke (Aus)

Shahid Afridi (Pak)

Morne Morkel (SA)

Steven Finn (Eng)

Lasith Malinga (SL)

Saeed Ajmal (Pak)

12th Man - Shane Watson (Aus)


Image: Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara with his wife Yehali and the three trophies he won for ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) , ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2012 and Peoples Choice Award at LG ICC Awards on September 15, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Graham Crouch-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

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