Published: 28th September, 2017
Surrey and Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara has been nominated for the PCA Players’ Player of the Year award after a stellar final campaign in first-class cricket.
Having ended the Specsavers County Championship season with 1491 runs at an average of 106.5, Sangakkara has certainly gone out at the top of his game. The 39-year-old hit eight centuries in the red ball game with a further two coming on Surrey’s run to the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Sangakkara announced he would be calling time on his first-class career in May, allowing plenty of opportunity for fans to enjoy his uniquely stylish brand of batting in the remainder of the season. It was rare that he would disappoint the crowd, playing a plethora of spectacular innings and providing the backbone of Surrey’s County Championship campaign.
When presented with five gongs and an honorary life membership at last week’s End of Season Awards ceremony, Sangakkara delivered an emotional final speech to the Surrey members he has entertained for three consecutive summers.
Also nominated for the PCA Players’ Player of the Year award are Essex’s Jamie Porter, Glamorgan’s Colin Ingram and Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel.
The winner of the award will be chosen by fellow players before the ceremony alongside the women’s award, for which three Surrey Stars have been nominated, at the Roundhouse in Camden on October 4.