Kumar Sangakkara was honoured with a Special Recognition Award at Asian Cricket Award 2016

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Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was honoured with a Special Recognition Award by ACA founders Inventive Sports. Sangakkara scored more than 28,000 Test runs during his long and successful career and is regarded as one of the sport’s greatest batsmen.

2016 Asian Cricket Awards Nominees:
The award categories and shortlisted nominees for the 2016 Asian Cricket Awards are as follows:

– Professional Player of the Year
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire & England), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire & England)

– Woman in Cricket
Nalisha Patel (Lancashire Thunder), Raveena Lakhtaria (Surrey Stars), Shabnam Ismail (Yorkshire Diamonds)

– Professional Coach of the Year
Cookie Patel (Regional Training Manager, ECB), Min Patel (Kent CCC), Kadeer Ali (Performance Coach, Warwickshire CCC)

– Amateur Coach of the year
Minesh Patel (Eastcote CC, Hillingdon Borough CC, Middlesex North), Khalid Zafar (Berkshire CCC, Reading CC, Chance To Shine), Shaz Khan (Oxfordshire CCC, Shrivenham CC)

– Media
Kalika Mehta (BBC Sport Online), Sahil Dutta (Freelance), Vithusan Ehantharajah (Freelance)

– Grassroots
Mantrulaady Thusharaah (British Tamil Cricket League), Shahidul Alam Ratan (Director of Cricket at Capital Kids, London Tigers CC), Nasa Hussain (Community Groundsman, Yorkshire)

– Professional Young Player
Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire CCC), Adil Ali (Leicestershire CCC), Kishen Velani (Essex CCC)

– Asian Cricket Club
Mount CC (Batley, West Yorkshire), British Tamil Cricket League, Indian Gymkhana (West London)

– Behind the Scenes
Sanjay Patel (ECB), Kumar Bancil (Lead Physiotherapist, Yorkshire CCC), Amna Rafiq (Leicestershire CCC)

The following people are working as ambassadors for the 2016 Asian Cricket Awards:

– Ravi Bopara (England, Essex CCC and IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad)
– Moeen Ali (England and Worcestershire CCC; winner of the Player of the Year award at 2014 and 2015 Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards)
– Kumar Sangakkara (former Sri Lanka captain and Surrey CCC)
– Azhar Mahmood (former Pakistan international, Surrey CCC, IPL Kolkata Knight Riders)
– Sonia Odedra (Nottinghamshire CCC, Loughborough Lightning)
– Azam Riyard (Sussex Cricket Board Inclusion Officer)
– Saba Nasim (Wanstead CC, Chance to Chine, ECB Coach of the Year 2015, winner of the Coach of the Year award at the 2015 Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards)

The judging panel includes:

– Wasim Khan MBE (chief executive, Leicestershire CCC)
– The Rt Hon. the Baroness Warsi (senior minister of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, 2012-2014)
– Lord Patel of Bradford (ECB Director)
– Simon Hughes (editor Cricketer Magazine)
– Vikram Solanki (former England international)
– Jane Hannah (ECB national volunteer and participation manager)
– Tony Matharu (CEO Grange Hotels)
– Min Patel (former England cricketer)
– Salma Bi (Worcestershire CCC; winner of the Woman in Cricket award in 2014, and Inspiration award in 2015 Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards)
– Qasim Ali (Lancashire South Asian Talent Search, England Physical Disability Squad; winner of the Coach of the Year award at 2014 Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards)

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