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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara named Wisden's Leading Cricketer

Sri Lanka awesome Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers' Almanac.

Australia's Meg Lanning has been picked as the cricket "bible"s" inaugural Leading Woman Cricketer in the World - the first run through the England-based yearly has offered such a recompense in 152 releases of constant production going back to 1864.

Yet supervisor Lawrence Booth was stinging in his feedback of the England and Wales Cricket Board for their "misusing" of the Kevin Pietersen undertaking that saw the star batsman cut out from the England set-up.



Sangakkara joined India's Virender Sehwag as the main two players to be named as Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for a moment event.

The 37-year-old left-gave batsman and wicketkeeper won the grant after a stellar 2014 that saw Sangakkara score an unsurpassed record 2,868 global runs in the datebook year, including a triple century.

His accomplishments, which added to an officially splendid profession, incorporated a man-of-the-match execution in Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 last win over India a year ago.

Sangakkara additionally scored his first Test hundred at Lord's last season, a century which came amid Sri Lanka's Test arrangement win over England.

He later affirmed Wisden's judgment by scoring a record four progressive hundreds at the late World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

In a tribute to Sangakkara, set to resign from all global cricket not long from now, Booth said: "Picking (him) simply felt characteristic. Furthermore, his four successive hundreds at the World Cup affirmed we'd picked the right man.

"We'll miss him when he's gone."

Lanning, who at 21 years old turned into the most youthful individual ever to chief Australia, drove her side to the World Twenty20 title and completed 2014 at the highest point of both the ladies' one-day global and Twenty20 batting rankings.

Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year is a recompense going back to 1889 and is by and large in light of a player's exhibitions in the previous English season.

By custom, it must be won once in a vocation and the 2015 rundown included Sri Lanka chief Angelo Mathews, England rising stars Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance and two outstanding area players in Adam Lyth and Jeetan Patel.

Corner's investigate of the ECB was wide and searing, the Wisden supervisor composing: "A couple of wins may have redirected consideration from a charge sheet that would incorporate the misusing of the Kevin Pietersen undertaking, stressing Test attendances outside London, a head-in-the-sand state of mind to the one-day group, and - not yet 10 years after the 2005 Ashes had given English cricket a brilliant opportunity to draw in another era to the game - a fall in the quantity of recreational players.

"National selector James Whitaker had called (Alastair) Cook 'our extraordinary pioneer'; Paul Downton, the ECB's new overseeing chief, hailed [Peter] Moores as the 'exceptional mentor of his era'; director Giles Clarke trumpeted Downton as a 'man of awesome judgment'. It was a nexus of preservation toward oneself - yet, as the wagons orbited, the wheels continued undermining to fall off."
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