Pathan wins International Sports Personality award

Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:India's left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan was chosen as the International Sports Personality of the year 2004 at a glittering awards ceremony here.

Former flamboyant batsman and wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer was conferred the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' instituted by Sony Entertainment Television.

Twenty-year-old Pathan outvoted Sri Lanka's legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and World No. 1 golfer Fiji's Vijay Singh in a keen contest.

Pathan was not present at the ceremony held last night at Hilton Hotel and Indian-origin singer Raghav received the trophy, sponsored by well known caterer, Madhu's Brilliant, on his behalf.

"After exceptional performances against Australia and Pakistan, Irfan Pathan celebrated winning the Young Player of the Year Award at the ICC Cricket Awards here in the summer. He ended 2004 by achieving personal best figures of 11 for 96 against Bangladesh in Dhaka," the award citation said.

Pathan, who had a consistent run in Tests taking 38 wickets in nine Tests last year, was recently voted Indian Cricketer of the Year by a leading website in a worldwide poll.

Receiving the award, 67-year-old Engineer, now a distinguished commentator for Sky Sports, said: "This is a very special occasion. I am also glad to see so many young Asian talents coming up and making a mark in different sports events." Mumbai-born Engineer, who began his Test career in 1961, played 56 Tests for India scoring over 3000 runs and claiming over 100 catches.

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