By CricketCountry Staff
Colombo: Sep 15, 2012
International umpire Kumar Dharmasena won the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Umpire of the Year award.
The Sri Lankan won the award for the first time. Dharmasena, who played 31 Tests and 141 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for Sri Lanka made his umpiring debut in 2009.
He was part of the panel of umpires selected for the 2011 ODI World Cup in India.
This year's ICC Awards includes 11 individual prizes, including the People's Choice Award and features the new ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year and ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year awards.
The long-lists of nominations were made by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd.
The panel also includes former international players Sri Lanka's Marvan Atapattu, Clare Connor of England, Carl Hooper of West Indies and Tom Moody of Australia. (IANS)