After his phenomenal performance in the last two seasons, Indian captain Virat Kohli will be awarded with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for the best international cricketer at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual Awards to be held in Bengaluru on June 12. The BCCI Awards recognizes and honours the top domestic and international cricketers across all age groups.
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While Virat gets top honours in the men’s category, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to be maiden recipients of the award for best international cricketer (women) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season, respectively.
To honour one of its finest administrators, the BCCI has rechristened four awards in remembrance of Late Jagmohan Dalmiya. The Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy will be presented to the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and to the best junior and senior cricketer in women’s cricket.
The BCCI has also raised prize money for nine categories by Rs. 1 lakh and the revised prize money is Rs. 1.5 lakh. Meanwhile, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri insisted that an award help in boosting a player’s confidence, adding that he is looking forward to see more noteworthy performances in the upcoming season.