Kumar Sangakkara wins ICC Cricketer of the Year 2012

Kumar Sangakkara has won three awards, including the prestigious Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year at the annual ICC awards ceremony in Colombo. Sangakkara also won the People’s Choice prize, an honour he had received last year as well.

The 34-year-old former captain averaged 60 in Test matches in the past year, hitting five centuries, and was also prolific in 50-over internationals.

England’s Sarah Taylor won the Women’s Twenty20 Cricketer of the Year award.

In addition to three hundreds in ODIs, Sangakkara made 42 dismissals as wicketkeeper for Sri Lanka in the 50-over format.

England’s Alistair Cook and Stuart Broad were also nominated for the Cricketer of the Year award, along with South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, and Australian captain Michael Clarke.

India’s Virat Kohli was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year, while Richard Levi’s 117 off just 51 deliveries for South Africa against New Zealand in Hamilton last February was named Twenty20 Performance of the Year.

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