WC 2003 - Sobers to present World Cup man-of-the-tournament award

Published: Friday, March 7, 2003, 21:38 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The legendary Garfield Sobers, widely regarded as the greatest cricketer ever, will present the man-of-the-tournament award after the World Cup final on March 23.Sobers, named one of the cricketers of the 20th century by Wisden, will fly in from his home in Barbados to attend the final at the Wanderers, World Cup chief executive Ali Bacher said.

The man-of-the-tournament will be decided by a ranking system in which match referees pick the top three players after each match of the World Cup.India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the leading scorer in the tournament with 469 runs in the preliminary league, currently leads the rankings with 10 points, two ahead of Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas.

Another Barbadian, Everton Weekes, will present the man-of-the-match award at one of the semi-finals in Durban or Port Elizabeth, Bacher added.Weekes is one of the famous three Ws, the others being Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott, who dominated West Indian cricket in the post-war years.Bacher said it had not yet been decided who will give the man-of-the-match award at the other semi-final.Copyright AFP 2001

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