Mumbai, Jun 24 (UNI) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and former skipper Sourav Ganguly are hot contenders for the Castrol Asian Cricketer of the Year Award 2007, will be given away in Karachi on June 27 during the ongoing Asia cup.
This is the first time ever that an award has been instituted especially for Asian Cricketers.
The Indian duo will be competing against three Sri Lankans - skipper Mahela Jayawardene, wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
The Castrol Asian Cricket Awards will honor and felicitate Asia's best cricketers on a biennial basis across all three formats of the game - Test cricket, One Dayers and T20 Internationals.
Besides the overall category, the Awards, which are based on a comprehensive point system called the Castrol Performance Index, will be given away to the best batsman and bowler in various categories across the three formats of the game.
In the running for these awards are cricketers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India - including stalwarts like Younis Khan, Mohammed Yousuf, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Misbah Ul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Chaminda D'Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya.
In addition to the Asian Cricket Awards, Castrol will also be giving away the Castrol Pakistan Awards for Cricketing Excellence.
The legendary Hanif Mohammed will receive the Castrol Pakistan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Awards will also be given away to the Castrol Pakistan Cricketer of the Year and the Castrol Pakistan Junior Cricketer of the Year.
The decade old Castrol India Awards for Cricketing Excellence will be given away later on during the year.
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