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LG People’s Choice Award 2012

The third LG People’s Choice Award this year sees two former winners nominated alongside three other international cricketing stars in a bid to win the only award voted for by the public at the annual LG ICC Awards.

Those nominated include Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, South Africa’s duo Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis, while England’s James Anderson makes up the quintet of nominees.

Both Sangakkara (2011) and Tendulkar (2010) have won the LG People’s Choice Award in the past.

For the third time in the history of the LG ICC Awards, fans will have the opportunity to decide the winner, this time by accessing an application on the ICC’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cricketicc.

Voting will be open until midnight UAE time on 31 August with the winner to be announced on 15 September at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo.

The short list, nominated by an elite panel of cricket experts headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, along with Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu, England’s Clare Connor, West Indies Carl Hooper and Australia’s Tom Moody was selected using criteria set out by LG and the ICC.

This dictated that the nominees should have displayed some of the attributes regarded by LG as in line with their corporate qualities such as innovation, dynamism, strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and executing a plan to distinction.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “This is the third year of the LG People’s Choice Award and it is proving to be hugely popular among fans across the globe and continues to highlight how much voting for their cricketing heroes means.

“This year sees the two past winners nominated again alongside three other extremely deserving candidates, I’m sure the public will choose wisely as to who will be the 2012 winner of this prestigious award at the LG ICC Awards 2012.”

Kumar Sangakkara retains top Test batting spot

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara retained his number one position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after accumulating 490 runs in the series against Pakistan – a feat which earned him the award for Man of the Series.

He now remains 36 points clear of West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had been six ranking points clear of Sangakarra when the current series started. But his performances with the bat against Misbah ul-Haq’s team have again left him tantalisingly close to the magical 900 rankings point mark.

Sangakkara’s career-best 938 ratings points, which he achieved against England in Kandy in 2007, has already put him alongside Sir Garry Sobers in sixth position on the ICC best-ever Test Championship Rating list, which can be found here.

Sangakkara’s consistency for a prolonged period can be judged by the fact that he hasn’t dropped outside the top 10 after entering the select group in July 2006, following his 287 in a world record 624-run third wicket partnership with Mahela Jayawardena (374) against South Africa in the SSC Test, which the home side won by an innings and 153 runs.

Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq, who scored his second career Test century in Pallekele – 100 not out to follow his first innings 75 – has leapt 12 places up the rankings into 30th spot with a career best ranking of 592 while Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal also made significant strides, jumping eight places to join Darren Sammy as equal 54th.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Junaid Khan of Pakistan also moved up eight places to equal England’s Monty Panesar is 34th place. Juaid Khan’s 5-70 in Sri Lanka’s first innings guaranteed a career-best points tally of 456. There was a 20 place move by Sri Lanka pace bowler Thisara Perera, who is now in 80th place. This list is still topped by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

There was no change in the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with this list still topped by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

Kumar Sangakkara fined for slow over rate

Deccan Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara has been fined after the team maintained a slow over rate during last night’s DLF IPL match against Pune Warriors India in Pune.

At the end of the match, Deccan Chargers were assessed to be one over behind the required rate after allowances were taken into consideration.

Since it was his first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Sangakkara was fined USD 20 000.

Deccan Chargers registered its first win of this year’s IPL when they beat Pune Warriors India by 18 runs on Thursday.

Deccan suffered five consecutive losses before opening their account with one point from the wash out match against Kolkata Knight Riders a few days ago. B

Despite a victory against Pune, and gaining two points from the match, Deccan are still at the bottom of the points table.

LG People’s Choice Award 2011 – Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has become the second-ever recipient of the LG People’s Choice Award at the LG ICC Awards in London.

Sangakkara won the award beating South Africa’s Hashim Amla, England’s Jonathan Trott, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The award was chosen by cricket fans around the world who, over the course of four weeks had the opportunity to vote for their favourite player.

Upon hearing the news of winning the award, Sangakkara said: “It’s a great privilege having won this award especially since it was voted for by the fans. I would like to thank all of you, not just those who voted for me but everyone who come, day in and day out, to watch us play.

“We will continue doing our best to entertain you and keep attracting more and more fans to see this wonderful sport.”

LG People’s Choice Award 2011

  • Hashim Amla (South Africa)
  • MS Dhoni (India)
  • Chris Gayle (West Indies)
  • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – Winner
  • Jonathan Trott (England)

ODI Player of the Year 2011 – Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has been named ODI Player of the Year 2011 at the LG ICC Awards in London.

During the performance period, he played 25 ODIs and scored 1,049 runs at an average of 55.21, including one century and seven half-centuries.

As wicketkeeper, he also took 36 victims comprising 26 catches and 10 stumpings.

Sangakkara  won the award by beating Australia’s Shane Watson, Gautam Gambhir of India and South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

Sangakkara was unable to attend the awards due to playing in the recently completed Test match against Australia in Pallekele.

He said, “It’s a great honour first of all to have been nominated for this award and a great honour to have actually won it.

“I would like to thank the rest of my teammates, they have done a great job over the years in one-day cricket and I am privileged to be part of this and led these guys for just over two years. I thank you again, I feel very very proud.”

ICC ODI Player of the Year 2011

  • Hashim Amla (South Africa)
  • Gautam Gambhir (India)
  • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – Winner
  • Shane Watson (Australia)

Sri Lanka drop Chandimal, Herath and Perera for final ODIs against Australia

Sri Lanka have dropped young batsman Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera and Rangana Herath from the squad for the final two one-dayers against Australia.

Seekkuge Prasanna, the 26-year-old legspinner, has been called up and has to fly back from England, where he was representing Sri Lanka A. He impressed for Sri Lanka ‘A’, claiming six wickets in a match against the English Lions on Sunday.

Chandimal, who had made an unbeaten century at Lord’s and 54 in the deciding game of the ODI series against England last month, has only managed to score 41 runs in the last four innings. He has proven particularly susceptible to Australia’s pace attack of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger.

Perera, who has played only one ODI since the World Cup final, has been left out as the role of third seamer will be filled by either Mathews, Suranga Lakmal or Shaminda Eranga, who claimed two wickets on debut in Sri Lanka’s 78-run win in game three on Tuesday

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has also played in only one ODI since the World Cup, with other spinners Jeevan Mendis, Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv making the competition tough for him.

Vice-captain Angelo Mathews is also expected to return to the line-up after missing the third ODI due to an injury.

“He should be alright for the rest of the series,” Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said.

“He could have even played on Tuesday, but we didn’t want to take a risk. If something had happened he would have been ruled out for two months. He has got three more days to recover from the injury. Angelo is a key member of our side and when he goes out it’s a big loss.”

Australia lead the five-match ODI series 2-1.

Sri Lanka squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Nuwan Kulasekera, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Suraj Randiv.

Fans to decide LG People’s Choice Award

The second LG People’s Choice Awards  will allow cricket fans to vote for international stars who have produced outstanding performances in the past year.

Those nominated include South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, India’s ICC Cricket World Cup winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chris Gayle from the West Indies, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and England’s Jonathan Trott

For the second time in the history of the LG ICC Awards, fans will have the  opportunity to decide the winner, voting via www.lgpeopleschoice.com. Voting will be open until 11am GMT on 25 August with the winner will be announced on 12 September at the LG ICC Awards in London.

The short list, nominated by an elite panel of cricket experts headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, along with Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas, England’s Mike Gatting, South Africa’s Paul Adams and  New Zealand’s Danny Morrison,  was selected using criteria set out by LG and the ICC.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The inaugural LG People’s ICC Awards, which was won by Sachin Tendulkar, proved hugely popular among fans across the globe and showed us just how much voting for their cricketing heroes meant.

“The LG ICC Awards is now a prestigious event in the cricketing calendar and we are delighted that fans will again be able to have their say on who should win one of the awards in 2011.”

Fans voting on the awards are in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes from LG.

Sri Lanka names squad but not skipper for Australia series

Sri Lanka Cricket have announced their ODI and T20 squad for the home series against Australia, but Sri Lanka Cricket have not named a captain.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was named captain for the just concluded tour of England, was included in the 20-man squad scheduled to play five ODIs and two Twenty20 games against Australia.

Thilina Kandamby, who was the ODI vice-captain in England, was not named in the squad. Dilhara Fernando, who picked up an injury in the third Test against England at the Rose Bowl, also misses out. Offspinner Sachithra Senanayake is the only uncapped player included in the squad.

Former Sri Lankan Test and One day player, Rumesh Ratnayake has been named Sri Lanka’s Head coach for the forthcoming Test, One day and T20 series against the Australians.

The squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Jeevan Mendis, Chamara Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Kulasekera, Isuru Udana, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Malinga Bandara and Sachithra Senanayake.

Sangakkara slams Sri Lankan cricket administration

SrI Lanka’s senior batsman Kumar Sangakkara has lashed out at the cricket administration back home, saying their ‘corrupt’ practices have tarnished the image of the sport in the island nation.

Sangakkara said the loyal fans in Sri Lanka are becoming increasingly disillusioned.

Sangakkara, while delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at the historic Lord’s Monday, made startling claims about the dirty board politics prevailing in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that, he said, has also involved the players from time to time.

The stylish southpaw, who resigned from captaincy after the 2011 World Cup, chose the occasion also to inform the audience about the history of Sri Lankan cricket, its ‘most powerul moment of unity’ in 1996 when they won their maiden World Cup crown and how sport, if run properly, can be a tool of reconcilliation between the Tamil and Sinhala community after the end of a 30-year-old civil war.

‘After 1996 the cricket board has been controlled and administered by a handful of well-meaning individuals either personally or by proxy, rotated in and out, depending on appointment or election,’ said Sangakkara. ‘Unfortunately, to consolidate and perpetuate their power, they opened the door of the administration to partisan cronies that would lead to corruption and wanton waste of cricket board finances and resources.’

‘It was and still is confusing. Accusations of vote buying and rigging, player interference due to lobbying from each side and even violence at the AGMs, including the brandishing of weapons and ugly fist fights, have characterised cricket board elections for as long as I can remember.’

Sangkkara’s comments came after Sri Lanka’s sports ministry dissolved the SLC’s interim committee last week following allegations of financial mismanagement against it during the last World Cup which Sri Lanka co-hosted alongside India and Bangladesh.

The 33-year-old went on to say that players getting involved in the board politics made matters worse.

‘Players from within the team itself became involved in power games within the board. Officials elected to power in this way in turn manipulated player loyalty to achieve their own ends. At times, board politics would spill over into the team, causing rift, ill feeling and distrust.’

Sangakkara feared that fans might feel disconnected from the game if the cricket administration remained in a shambles.

‘Unless the administration is capable of becoming more professional, forward-thinking and transparent, we risk alienating the common man. Indeed, this is already happening. Loyal fans are becoming increasingly disillusioned. This is very dangerous because it is not the administrators or players that sustain the game – it is the cricket-loving public. It is their passion that powers cricket, and if they turn their backs on cricket, then the whole system will come crashing down.’

On the sport playing a part in the war-torn nation, Sangakkara said: ‘Cricket played a crucial role during the dark days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, a period of enormous suffering for all communities. But the conduct and performance of the team will have even greater importance as we enter a crucial period of reconciliation and recovery.’

‘It is also an exciting period for cricket where the reintegration of isolated communities in the north and east opens up new talent pools. The Spirit of Cricket can and should remain a guiding force for good within society, providing entertainment and fun, but also a shining example to all of how we all should approach our lives.’


Sri Lanka Team For ODI, T20 Series Against England

Sri Lanka has announced the ODI and Twenty20 sides for the upcoming series against England. Sanath Jayasuriya, who turns 42 in June, has also been included in the limited-overs squad.

There are quite a few changes in the squad that played in the World Cup 2011 – Thilina Kandamby and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal have been recalled while Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera and Rangana Herath have been left out.

Sri Lanka will play a one-off Twenty20 on June 25 and a five-match ODI series which begins on June 28. Sri Lanka will also play two ODIs against Scotland on July 11 and 13.

Sri Lanka team for ODI, T20 series against England

Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Thilina Kandamby (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis Angelo Mathews, Sanath Jayasuriya.