Dubai: The UAE’s hard-hitting batsman and the Yogi Group team’s match-winner Shaimon Anwar has been nominated for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award.
Anwar, who is nicknamed ‘Sixer Anwar’ for his ability to hit towering maximums, has been named alongside Peter Borren of Netherlands, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling of Ireland, Dawlat Zadran of Afghanistan and Hiran Patel of Canada.
Speaking to Gulf News, Anwar said: “It is a great honour to be considered as the cricketer of the year alongside some excellent players. I am delighted that through my performances I could clinch UAE a place of honour.”
In local cricket, Anwar, representing Yogi Group, had bagged the Dubai Cricket Council’s Shyam Bhatia award for the best batsman in UAE’s A division tournaments for scoring 1,343 runs last season. He received the coveted trophy from former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
Last season he hit a total of 2,500 runs from 25 matches and the Sharjah Cricket Council honoured him with a special award for his outstanding feat.
In the recently-concluded Bukhatir League held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, he hit 19 sixes during a knock of 195 runs off 74 balls, which also included 15 boundaries.
This knock steered Yogi Group to an eight-wicket win, chasing Wings Cricket Club’s total of 261. So devastating was Anwar that Yogi Group won in 20.5 overs.
Shiva Pagarani, the captain of the Yogi Group side, said: “Anwar’s contribution has been one of the reasons that our team could achieve many milestones in domestic cricket. His timing that he produces to hit those sixes is spectacular. He is a great cricketer and deserves the honour to be named among the best among the rising nations.”
The ICC annual awards are the biggest honour for outstanding performers for associate and affiliate cricketing nations. A panel of cricket experts will pick the winner of the award based on performances between August 4, 2011, and August 6, 2012.
The award will be given away during a colourful ceremony to be held on September 15 in Colombo.