Dalmiya, who is at present the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) also headed the game's governing body - International Cricket Council (ICC) for a while said he was overwhelmed at being awarded for the thankless job of a sports-administrator.
The award was handed over to him by executive editor of IJHS Journal J A Mangan who highlighted three major achievements of Mr Dalmiya.
''Mr Dalmiya was instrumental in getting South Africa back to the cricketing fold in the post-apartheid era, was crucial to revival of Indo-Pak cricket and shift of cricket power from the West to the sub-continent. He deserves this award.''
On receiving the award, Mr Dalmiya said, ''I am overwhelmed. I will cheish the day forever. I am happy that I have been awarded for my little achievement in globalising the sport.''