Nepal wicket-keeper batter Aasif Sheikh has bagged the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. The ICC Spirit of the Cricket Award is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards. It is the first award received by a Nepal Cricketer in the history of Cricket.
The incident happened during the quadrangular T20I Series between UAE, Ireland, Nepal & Oman. Ireland had scored 113-8 at the end of 18 overs. Kamal Singh Airee bowled the 19th over. On the 3rd ball of the over, Andy McBrine at the non-striker collided with the bowler and fell down where Kamal threw the bowl to Aasif but didn’t run out Andy McBrine.
Aasif Sheikh on ICC Spirit Award
Aasif Sheikh was delighted after receiving the ICC Spirit Award. “It’s an honour for me to receive this award, as my coaches always taught me to be humble and play within the Spirit of Cricket. Talking about the moment, it was a spontaneous decision on our part not to take the wicket as it would have been unfair to the batter. We wouldn’t have been pleased with a wicket in those circumstances as it would have been against our culture, and the Spirit of the sport.” said Aasif Sheikh.
Spirit of Cricket
This spirit of cricket is described in the preamble to the laws of cricket: “Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its laws but also within the spirit of the game.” it states.
“Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The spirit of the game involves respect for: Your opponents, your own captain and team, the role of the umpires, and the game’s traditional values.” it added