Mumbai, June 5 (ANI-Business Wire India): Castrol today announced the launch of Castrol Asian Cricket Awards which will be held in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 27 on the sidelines of the forthcoming Asia Cup.
Naveen Kshatriya, Chief Executive, BP Lubricants - Africa, Middle East, Turkey and South Asia, made this announcement in the presence of Asian cricketing legends - Rahul Dravid, Sanath Jayasuriya and Wasim Akram. The life-size replica of the glittering trophy of the Castrol Asian Cricket Awards was also unveiled amidst much fanfare.
Eleven years after instituting the first 'Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence' for Indian cricketers,Castrol has taken another momentous step with the institution of the Castrol Asian Cricket Awards. The Castrol Asian Cricket Awards will honor and felicitate Asia's best cricketers on a biennial basis across the three major formats - Test cricket, One Dayers and T20 Internationals.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the awards at a press conference in Mumbai, Kshatriya said: "The creation of the Castrol Asian Cricket Awards is entirely in keeping with South Asia's status as cricket's hub and heart, in terms of commerce, and more importantly, talent, popularity and passion. With Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, South Asia is today the home of leading cricketing nations in the world."
Sanath Jayasuriya, Wasim Akram and Rahul Dravid will be the ambassadors for the Castrol Asian Cricket Awards. Besides unveiling the glittering trophy, the three cricketers were involved in an interesting discussion moderated by Harsha Bhogle on the subject "Is there an Asian way of playing cricket?"
Harsha Bhogle also shared the details of the judging methodology for the Awards which is based on an objective and simple point system called the Castrol Performance Index (attached). The various categories under which the awards will be given away are as follows:
Castrol Asian Cricketer of the Year (Overall) astrol Asian Batsman of the Year (Overall) astrol Asian Bowler of the Year (Overall) astrol Asian Fielder of the Year (Overall) astrol Asian Test Batsman of the Year astrol Asian Test Bowler of the Year astrol Asian ODI Batsman of the Year astrol Asian ODI Bowler of the Year astrol Asian Twenty20 Batsman of the Year astrol Asian Twenty20 Bowler of the Year
Story first published: Thursday, June 5, 2008, 19:12 [IST]
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