Colombo: Umpire Kumar Dharmasena won the David Shepherd Trophy for first time after being named ICC Umpire of the Year at the ICC Awards here on Saturday.
Dharmasena, 41, received the award following voting by the 10 Test full-member captains as well as the seven-man Elite Panel of ICC match referees. The Sri Lankan was judged on his decision statistics and officiating skills during the past 12 months.
Dharmasena, accepting his award from Graham Gooch, said: "This award means a lot to me after playing cricket for 12 years. It's for the Sri Lankan umpires and the community who looked after my growth. I feel I had a great year on-and-off the field and I feel having been a cricketer has helped me with my decision making as an umpire and to give better decisions.