IRELAND’S GEORGE DOCKRELL picked up the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year at an awards ceremony in Colombo last night.
The 20-year-old spinner, who was the leading Associate and Affiliate wicket-taker over the past year, beat off competition from team-mates Kevin O’Brien, Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling, and Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran to scoop the accolade.
Dockrell told Cricket Ireland: “It’s great to win such an award and especially to be following the footsteps of an esteemed group of players like William Porterfield and Ryan ten Doeschate and only at the age of 20, I feel very honoured.
“It’s been a great year of cricket with I-Cup, U19s and WCL Championship and now the WT20 and I’ve been learning a lot to take it into this tournament.
It’s good to be setting high standards, and hopefully I will keep performing well for Ireland in the future.”
There were ten other individual awards up for grabs on the night and Sri Lankan batsman Kuma Sangakkara won a hat-trick – claiming the Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and the People’s Choice award.