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Moeen Ali wins Asian Achievers Award

Moeen Ali was unable to attend due to England duties so his manager Kamran Khan picked up the award on his behalf
Moeen Ali was unable to attend due to England duties so his manager Kamran Khan picked up the award on his behalf
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Moeen Ali beat off competition from badminton and football to win the Sports Personality of the Year award at the 2015 Asian Achievers Awards in London.

The Worcestershire and England batsman was up against Rimla Akhtar, the first Muslim woman on the FA Council, Shehneela Ahmed, the first Muslim woman to qualify as an FA-approved agent and badminton player Ira Banerjee.

He was named the winner at a glittering gala event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane.

Moeen helped England beat Australia 3-2 to regain The Ashes earlier this year, scoring 293 runs and taking 12 wickets.

He also helped England draw with New Zealand in the series that opened the summer while his 72 not out set up a victory for England over Australia in the one-off Twenty20 International.

Other winners on the night included Secret Sales founders Nish and Sach Kukadia, author Romesh Gunasekera, and Lord Rumi Verjee CBE.

The Asian Achievers Awards were founded in 2000 by ABPL Group and from next year, they will be running the Asian Voice Charity Awards, to reward charities that are thinking big to solve pressing issues in Britain and further afield.

This year, the chosen charity partner of the awards was the Loomba Foundation, which works with widows and children.

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