Colombo: West Indies spinner Sunil Narine was named Emerging Cricketer of the Year at the International Cricket Council Awards on Saturday.
The 24-year-old from Trinidad, follows in the footsteps of last year's winner and fellow West Indies bowler, Devendra Bishoo, in claiming the award.
The off-spinner played in three Tests for the West Indies, claiming 12 wickets at an average 31.50, while in the 15 ODIs he played in he claimed 28 wickets at an average of 18.82.
Narine was the top choice of the 32-person voting academy, coming out ahead of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal, Doug Bracewell of New Zealand and Australia's James Pattinson.
Previous winners of the award include Irfan Pathan (2004), Kevin Pietersen (2005), Ian Bell (2006), Shaun Tait (2007), Ajantha Mendis (2008), Peter Siddle (2009), Steven Finn (2010) and Devendra Bishoo (2011).