Sri Lanka’s Sangakkara captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year

Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has been selected as the captain and wicketkeeper of the ICC Test Team of the Year.

The ICC Friday (26) announced its Test Team of the Year at the media conference to announce the short-lists for the LG ICC Awards 2011.

The ICC Test Team of the Year was chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend Clive Lloyd.

The Chairman has said the selection of this year’s Test team was difficult with so many worthy candidates available to fill just 12 places.

“The selection was a difficult process with so many outstanding performances available to look back on. All the top performers during the voting period were discussed at length and various combinations were considered,” he has said.

“In the panel’s expert opinion, it has selected the best team based on performances over the past 12 months,” he has added.

Sangakkara is also short-listed for the ICC ODI Player of the Year award alongside, Australia’s Shane Watson and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winner Gautam Gambhir of India.

LG ICC Awards which recognize the best international players of the past 12 months will be held this year in London on September 12.

The ICC Test Team of the Year is (in batting order): Alastair Cook (Eng), Hashim Amla (SA), Jonathan Trott (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Kumar Sangakkara (SL – wicketkeeper/captain), AB de Villiers (SA), Jacques Kallis (SA), Stuart Broad (Eng), Graeme Swann (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Zaheer Khan (Ind) (12th man)

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