Asian Cricket Awards sponsored by Talk Home Mobile
Lord’s Cricket Ground will host a gala awards ceremony on 7th October to help celebrate the tremendous contribution to cricket by British Asians.
From international stars to the vibrant amateur game, up-and-coming youngsters, coaches, media, behind-the-scenes staff and unsung heroes will be honoured at the Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards.
Former England captain Mike Gatting, now Managing Director of the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Cricket Partnerships programme, said: “The south Asian community makes an enormous contribution to cricket in England and Wales and these awards are a fantastic way of recognising and rewarding individual achievements. The ECB is pleased to be involved in the creation of the initiative and we look forward to being part of an exciting inaugural awards evening.”
David Collier, Chief Executive of the ECB, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this high-profile and important event. Inclusiveness and promoting cricket for everyone runs through the heart of our national game strategy and is an essential part of our work. Like the Asian Cricket Awards, we aim to work hand in hand with diverse communities to promote not only playing the game, but also improving the accessibility of the sport and the power it has to bring people and communities together. We acknowledge the enormous contribution that Asians make across all codes of our game and we are delighted that the Asian Cricket Awards will recognise this contribution.”
High-profile ambassadors for the event include current England international Moeen Ali, former England stars Vikram Solanki and Min Patel, and Wasim Khan MBE, a former first-class cricketer and now Chief Executive Officer of the sporting charity Chance to Shine.
Moeen Ali said: “Asians throughout the UK make an enormous contribution to all aspects of the game and it is wonderful to see their input celebrated in such a positive way at the home of cricket.”
Asian Cricket Awards co-founder Baljit Rihal said: “The first Asian Cricket Awards will celebrate the huge contribution that this community makes to the game and will encourage more Asian participation.”
The Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards will bring together representatives from the professional game along with international players, celebrities and dignitaries from across the sport for a star-studded awards evening at Lord’s on 7 October 2014.
Nominations being sought
The awards will celebrate excellence and achievement across every aspect of cricket in 12 cartegories:
- Grassroots Award
- Amateur Player of the Year
- Professional Young Player of the Year
- Woman in Cricket Award
- Coach of the Year
- Media Award
- Community Development Project of the Year
- Behind the Scenes
- Asian Cricket Team of the Year
- Inspiration Award
- Special Recognition
- Lifetime Achievement
Nominations are open via the Asian Cricket Awards website at www.asiancricketawards.co.uk and close at 11:00 on 31 August 2014.
For further information about the Awards please contact Simon Ogborn from Cross Cultural Media on 01737 833713 or [email protected].