Dhoni wins the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award

The ICC honoured MS Dhoni for reinstating England’s Ian Bell after the controversial run out in the second Test Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 13, 2011

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given the Spirit of Cricket Award at the LG ICC Awards in London for withdrawing the run out appeal against Ian Bell in the recently concluded Test series against England.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said, “While the initial appeal and umpire decision were correct to the letter of the law, the decision by Mahendra and his team to withdraw the appeal shows great maturity. To see players and officials uphold the great spirit of cricket, which has underpinned the game for more than a century, is very special.”

Ryan Ten Doeschate, the Netherlands all-rounder was named as the Associate player of the year.

West Indies spinner Devendra Bishoo was named as the Emerging Player of the Year 2011. He was voted the Emerging Player Award ahead of team-mate Darren Bravo, Wahab Riaz and Azhar Ali.

Bishoo has played five Test matches taking 21 wickets at an average of 35.42, and has taken 19 wickets in 11 ODIs at an average of 21.57.

Bishoo, who was not able to attend the awards said, “First of all I`d like to congratulate all the nominees for the ICC Emerging Player of the Year. I`d like to thank the ICC for giving me this award and I`m delighted to receive it. I`d like to thank my mother, my manager and all the players who have supported me throughout my career. I`m happy where I am and I am going to keep on working hard for the West Indies and continue to improve and keep playing good cricket.”