Tendulkar named best Asian batsman

July 6th, 2008 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, July 6 (IANS) Sachin Tendulkar spoilt what would have been a clean sweep of titles by Sri Lankan cricketers at the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) awards ceremony here by being named the continent’s best one-day batsman. At a glittering ceremony held at the majestic 19th century Mohatta Palace Saturday night, the Indian players cheered as Tendulkar’s name was announced by Rameez Raja. Tendulkar could not attend the function and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni collected the award on his behalf.

But apart from Tendulkar, the evening belonged to Sri Lankan cricketers as three of them walked away with top awards. Kumar Sangakkara bagged the best Asian Test batsman award while his team-mates Muttiah Muralitharan and Farveez Maharoof were adjudged as the best Asian Test and ODI bowlers, respectively.

Former India and Pakistan captains Sunil Gavaskar and Imran Khan were also honoured with special awards titled “legendary cricketers” of the neighbouring countries.

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