Leicestershire CCC’s rising star Shiv Thakor picked up a prestigious award at the 10th annual Lebara British Asian Sports Awards (BASA) ceremony on Saturday night.
The glittering event, which was held at the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane, London, recognises the most talented Asian sports performers in the UK and Shiv emerged victorious in the Telesky Shopping Young Sports Personality of the Year (Male Under-18).
Shiv saw off stiff competition from Leicester City FC footballer Raajan Singh Gill and England under 16 golfer Pavan Sagoo.
Raajan was part of the Leicester City under 18 side that went unbeaten in 2009-10 and Pavan is the youngest club champion to represent England.
Shiv was delighted to win the award and said: "I’m speechless. This is a huge honour for me to be named Young Sports Personality of the Year, especially with two other strong contenders also in the category.
"I’ve been really nervous throughout the voting process and to finally hear that I’ve actually won is unreal. This award will now push me to progress further and I can use it as a stepping stone to go on and represent my country on the global stage. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me."
Shiv got the nod from BASA’s panel of expert judges, which included BASA ambassador and Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash, Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE and Leicester-born BBC Football League Show presenter, Manish Bhasin.
Shiv, who recently signed a three-year summer contract with Leicestershire CCC, had a remarkable year that culminated in an England under 19 call-up for their tour to Sri Lanka.
The young all-rounder was selected to captain the England under 17s in a triangular series against Scotland and Ireland in September and then performed well on the u19 tour.
Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Phil Whitticase and England Performance Head Coach Tim Boon have both been delighted with his progress this year.
It was a special night all round for BASA, which was founded by Sony Entertainment Television Network in 2000 and has grown to be the biggest Asian sports awards in the UK in the last decade. The awards were launched in 2001.
It was set up to globally showcase the immense sporting talent that exists within the Asian community in the UK and BASA prides itself on recognising and celebrating the substantial achievements of British Asian sporting talents from across the UK.
As well as honouring professionals who have already proved themselves within the sporting arena, BASA is a unique institution for raising the profile of talented amateur and semi-professional South Asians involved in sport and nurturing that talent even further.