Kumar Sangakkara claims the LG People’s Choice Award

ICC Media Release

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 was voted to the award by the general public and beat off strong competition for the award from South Africa’s Hashim Amla, England’s Jonathan Trott, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The award, which was introduced last year at the LG ICC Awards in Bengaluru, was chosen by cricket fans around the world who, over the course of four weeks had the opportunity to vote for their favourite player. Sangakkara was unable to collect the award in person due to current playing commitments in the Sri Lanka Test series against Australia in Colombo.

Andy Mackay, LG Electronics UK Commercial Director, announced that the Sri Lankan had scooped the prize at the ceremony in London.

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.”

The cricketers were selected on the basis of some really innovative parameters, in sync with the values that embody brand LG, 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 Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan, Mike Gatting of England, Paul Adams of South Africa and Danny Morrison of New Zealand.

The values by which the winner was judged include innovation, dynamism, strength in 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 11 August 2010 and 3 August 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 – presented in association with FICA – take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.

That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the ICC Intercontinental Cup final, several ICC World Cricket Leagues as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series.

The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its eighth year and this year it will be held in London, England. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007 and 2009), Dubai (2008) and Bengaluru (2010).

  • Mohammed hafeek

    Sanga you are the best captain in the world everyone know …. we need back as a captain…
    congrats Sanga

  • B ranawaka

    hold on sangakkara.you are the best captain in the world

  • Deshappremiya

    You are the greatest leader for Sl.We wont you back.

  • Tilak Wickramasinghe.

    Hi Sanga,

    Your are the true leader, you have been shown this in to whole world, Example : ICC have selected you as ICC test team captain as well during 2011.

    we believe ,whole Sri Lankan believe and whole world cricket lovers believe you have to take Sri lanka cricket team captaincy and bring back our ICC ratting in one dyers and test.

    You have gain highly respect from whole world cricket lovers,

    we are grateful to you as Sri Lankan way you have handle the world media!!!!

    Tilak

  • A Mafaas

    Sanga SL Cricket need your leadership, so re-thing about it, we do not want to spoil our Cricket. Best of Luck.

  • A Sri Lankan

    Congratulation …! You was the best captain in the world. Of course still you are. Dilshan can’t steal your position ever. Please take back SL team captain position and make a good future to our cricket. After Dilshan took captain position SL cricket became nothing. Every match we played after world cup we lost them. Specially even test matches and ODI matches too. Please Sanga change this horrible situation and bring back our Lion’s team like before. You and Mahela are the best captain and vice captain ever we had. Our Lions were very strong in last 4 years. But now every thing is gone due to Dilshan’s abilities. ALL THE BEST SANGA…! We are with you forever. :)

  • Chanaka

    WE WIN WE WIN THE WORLD

    • cmd111

      CONGRATULATIONS KUMAR SANGAKKARA! This is a great fillip for Sri Lankan cricket.