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Aasif Sheikh Recognized for Sportsmanship, Wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award

This week, the International Cricket Council announced the winners of its renowned annual awards, and Nepal wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh made history by receiving the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award on Thursday, January 26.

Aasif Sheikh earned the Spirit of Cricket Award for his outstanding sportsmanship against Ireland in February 2022. During the Quadrangular series in Oman, he got widespread plaudits for his choice not to run out Andy McBrine when he was accidently tripped by the bowler.

By putting the spirit of the game in the preamble to the laws of cricket, the ICC laid a firm foundation for the next generation of players. It states that the game should be played not just within the laws but also within the spirit of the game to ensure the sport’s integrity.



The Preamble specifies that participants must always respect “your opponents, your own captain and team, the role of the umpires, and the game’s traditional traditions” in order to preserve the spirit of the game.

Aasif Sheikh was involved in an incident on February 14 during Nepal’s match versus Ireland in the sixth round of the Quadrangular series in Oman. The 19th over was bowled by Nepal’s Kamal Singh Airee, with the Irish hitters attempting to make a competitive score. Mark Adair opted for a massive slog on the third ball of the over, mistiming the ball towards the bowler.

Kamal Singh ran to receive the ball and tripped the non-striker, Andy McBrine, who was attempting a quick single. The Irishman, though, was unable to recover in time and fell far short as the spinner sent a rapid throw towards wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh, who gathered it neatly. He did not, however, run out the hitter because he was tripped over by the bowler.