Harsha Samaranayake, General Manager Brands and Media of Dialog and Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny shake hands at the Dialog cricket awards press conference held at the SLC headquarters flanked by CEO Ashley de Silva and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews. Picture by Nathan Delight

By T.B. Rahaman

Cricket fans will now be able to vote for their favourite cricketer to be presented the Dialog Cricketer of the Year award which will be held on October 19.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has nominated 24 players who represented Sri Lanka at international encounters eligible to be selected as the Dialog People’s Player for the year 2014/2015.

The players are Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Kaushal Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekara, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal and Thisara Perera. Cricket lovers can send as many sms’ from any mobile network.

The procedure to send the message is to type DPP<space>the name of your favourite cricketer and send to 2343.

Voting can also be done online like facebook or twitter. One can visit the website to obtain more information.

Voting closes on October 18 at 12 midnight. A nominal fee of Rs. 2.50 plus will be charged for every sms.

The Dialog awards ceremony will be held in a grand manner like last year. The people voted for Kumar Sangakkara last year who received nearly 20,000 votes. There will be ten awards to be presented to international cricketers.

However, about 60 awards will be presented in the domestic arena. These award winners will be selected based on their performances in the domestic cricket tournaments.

The awards ceremony is to be held for the seventh year and the sponsorship of Dialog is for the third year.

Harsha Samaranayake, General Manager Brands and media of Dialog said that they are proud to support the sport that is a passion of the nation.