Kumar Dharmasena wins ICC Umpire of the Year

Kumar Dharmasena wins ICC Umpire of the Year

22 January 2019 07:45 am

Kumar Dharmasena has won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year 2108 for the second time.

He was voted as Umpire of the Year 2018 by international captains and ICC match referees.

Kumar Dharmasena stated: “It has been a very satisfying year for me and this award from the ICC is a great honour and privilege. This comes six years after I was first named for the award and will inspire me to keep doing the job I love so much. I have always been passionate about cricket, both as a player and an umpire and look forward to keep working hard and challenging myself in order to meet the demands of this great game.

“I would like to thank my wife for being the strength behind my achievements and also my kids for their support and understanding. I would like to thank Mr. Peter Manuel, my coach, for his guidance from the start of my umpiring career, together with all the other coaches from ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket. I take this opportunity to thank all my fellow colleagues for all the encouragement and support over the years, without which this would not have been possible,” he added.

Rishabh Pant of India has been named as the ICC Emerging Player of the Year, Scotland’s Calum MacLeod crowned the ICC Associate Player of the Year, Kane Williamson won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

India, winning the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand, has been voted as the Fans’ Moment of the Year with 48 per cent of the votes. Afghanistan came in second with 36 per cent of the votes.

Australian cricketer Aaron Finch has won the ICC Men’s T20 Performance of the Year award for the second time.