[email protected] Cricketer of the Generation recognizes the best player of the past 20 years
Rahul Dravid to pick the winner of a Significant Contribution to Cricket award
Gala Awards event to be held March 14 in Mumbai
Today, ESPNcricinfo announced two additions to the existing categories for the seventh annual ESPNcricinfo Awards. The [email protected] Cricketer of the Generation and the Contribution to Cricket award will honour special contributions and achievements in the game. Recently ESPN announced nominees for the seventh annual ESPNcricinfo Awards, which recognise the best cricket performances in 2013. A blue-ribbon independent jury will decide the winners in the four individual performance categories, while fan voting on ESPNcricinfo will determine the Debutant of the Year award.
As the closing element of ESPNcricinfo’s 20th anniversary celebrations, a 50-member jury of current and former cricketers and leading sportswriters will pick the finest player of the last 20 years to honour with the [email protected] Cricketer of the Generation award. Among the potential winners being considered by the jury are Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Virender Sehwag and Jacques Kallis. The winner will also be presented with a Renault automobile.
The second new special award is the Contribution to Cricket Award, the winner of which will be selected by Rahul Dravid. The award reflects the legendary former India batsman and captain’s appreciation of often overlooked off-field contributions to the game, and will recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to cricket off the field. This award will consider contributions from all over the cricket ecosystem, from groundsmen to pitch curators, umpires to grassroots organisers, or just about anyone who has made a positive impact on the game.
Speaking on these new categories, Sambit Bal, editor-in-chief, ESPNcricinfo, said, “For the past six years, the ESPNcricinfo Awards have aimed at recognising excellence in all forms in international cricket. These two new awards are an extension of that theme. The Cricketer of the Generation is a one-time award coinciding with the 20th anniversary of ESPNcricinfo, and with the Contribution to Cricket award, we aim to expand our horizon beyond the playing field.”
Rahul Dravid said, “The Contribution to Cricket award was conceived to reward values that are pivotal to the sport – hard work, commitment, selflessness, fair play and a dedication to the game. These are attributes embodied by many people across many aspects of the sport who are rarely – if ever – given credit for the amount they contribute to this great game.”
Cricketers and industry leaders from around the world will attend the gala ESPNcricinfo Awards event on March 14 in Mumbai.
ESPNcricinfo previously announced the Nominees for the six other categories in the seventh annual ESPNcricinfo Awards, as well as the multiple Statsguru Awards categories. The full list of Nominees and complete editorial package can be found at: www.espncricinfo.com/awards2013.
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