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30 August 201520:06

Lohani’s Helicopter Shot scoops inaugural Play of the Tournament vote

After three weeks of voting through knock-out stages, Nepal’s debutant Siddhant Lohani scoops the award for the Play of the Tournament at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Lohani’s Helicopter Shot scoops inaugural Play of the Tournament vote - Cricket News

Siddhant Lohani wins the award for Play of the Tournament at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

In the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Scotland and Ireland, we saw some pulsating cricket from the 14 participating nations. There were nervous finishes, batsmen continuing to amaze the viewers with their power, brashness and confidence, and the bowlers ensured they had enough tricks to keep the batsmen guessing. There were more than a few upsets as well as the unpredictable nature of Twenty20 led to some thrilling encounters.

To give fans a chance to have their say in what they thought was the most exciting moment of the tournament, the International Cricket Council decided to run a knock-out voting scheme where the fans could have their say on what was the Play of the Tournament.

Eight of the very best plays from the tournament were selected from eight different countries at the Qualifier, which saw six sides qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in India in 2016.

In the first stage, Shafiqullah Shafiq hitting the hat-trick ball for a maximum, Safyaan Sharif’s unique run-out against Afghanistan, Gary Wilson’s stumping to dismiss Hong Kong’s Nizakat Khan, Bernard Scholtz’s triple-wicket maiden against Namibia, Siddhant Lohani’s helicopter shot, a stunning diving catch from Hong Kong’sKinchit Shah, Peter Borren’s magnificent ramp shot for Six against Ireland and Mahuru Dai’s run-out of Nepal’s Binod Bhandari were chosen.

After the first two rounds of voting, Lohani’s helicopter shot and Shafiqullah hitting the hat-trick ball for a six made it to the final stage to show-down to be selected as the winner.



In the final round, in which more that 100,000 votes were registered, Lohani’s helicopter shot edged past with 60 percent of fans preferring it. Across the three rounds there were more than 500,000 votes registered on www.icc-cricket.com.



Thanks to everybody who got involved and casted their vote, firstly for the ‘Play of the Day’, which featured on the live broadcast globally, and then subsequently for the Play of the Tournament, which decided the ultimate winner.

If you missed a chance to cast your vote this time, the ICC will bring back the Play of the Day and Play of the Tournament for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2016 where 16 teams will battle it out for the crown of ICC World Twenty20 Champions. The two campaigns generated over 8 million video views, and over 2 million votes registered across July and August.