Former captain Sourav Ganguly was adjudged the Asian Cricketer and Asian Batsman of the year for his fighting comeback into the Indian team at the Castrol Asian Cricket Awards held in Karachi on Friday.
Sachin Tendulkar was named the Best ODI batsman while Gautam Gambhir grabbed the honour in Twenty20. Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara took away the best Test Batsman of the year award while compatriot Farveez Maharoof was chosen as the Best ODI Bowler. Pakistan's Umar Gul was named the Best Twenty20 Bowler.
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, not surprisingly, took away the Best Bowler award.
The surprise element was Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, who has been dropped from the Asia Cup squad because of his poor form, as he was conferred with the Best Fielder award.
But former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram, who along with Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and former India skipper Rahul Dravid picked the winners, said that Akmal was selected for his overall performances throughout the last two years.
Though Ganguly was not present at the ceremony, his wife Dona took the awards on his behalf.
Asian Test Bastman: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Asian Test Bowler: Muthiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Asian ODI Bastman: Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Asian ODI Bastman: Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka)
Asian T20 Batsman: Gautam Gambhir (India)
Asian T20 Bowler: Umar Gul (Pakistan)
Pakistan Cricketer of the Year: Shoaib Malik
Pakistan Lifetime Achievement Award: Hanif Mohammed
Pakistan Junior Cricketer: Ahmad Shezad.