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|Muttiah Muralitharan nominated for|
‘Cricketer of the Generation’ award
Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan has been nominated for the ‘ESPNcricinfo@20 Cricketer of the Generation’ award, the cricket news website on Monday announcing two more categories to its seventh annual awards.
The two new special awards – Cricketer of the Generation and Contribution to Cricket will add to the six categories announced earlier.
Besides Tendulkar and Murali, West Indian Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag of India, Australia’s Shane Warne and South African Jacques Kallis will also be in fray. A 50-member jury of current and former cricketers and leading sportswriters will pick the best.
Speaking on these new categories, Sambit Bal, editor-in-chief, ESPNcricinfo, said: “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.”
Cricketers and industry leaders from around the world will attend the gala awards event on March 14 in Mumbai.