Lycamobile, the largest global provider of low-cost international mobile calls returns for the second year as the sponsor of the Special Merit Award at the 45th Professional Cricketers’ Association awards dinner.
Jim Cumbes received the Special Merit Award for his exceptional contribution to cricket in England and Wales over the last 50 years. Previous winners include Tony Greig, Dickie Bird and Jack Bannister.
The award presented by England cricketer, James Anderson, was given in recognition of Jim’s dedication to the sport, which saw him capture 515 wickets in 288 First Class and List A matches over the course of his 35 year career in cricket. He has played for a number of clubs, including: Lancashire, Surrey, Worcestershire and Southport, and also taken on a variety of roles from Chief Executive of Lancashire CCC, to West Midlands radio presenter.
The annual PCA Awards signals the end of the cricket season, with current and former players, officials, sponsors and guests coming together to pay tribute to the outstanding performers of 2015. An entirely not-for-profit enterprise, all proceeds from the PCA Awards go to the PCA Benevolent Fund, designed to help current and past players adjust to a world beyond cricket, providing specialist advice or assistance where needed.
Strong supporters of the cricket community including charity projects from Chance to Shine, this year also saw Lycamobile renew their contract to be the official mobile sponsor of both Surrey County Cricket Club and the Test Match Grounds across the country. Lycamobile was also a partner in the incredibly successful Cricket United campaign in support of the PCA Benevolent Fund and continues to champion the future of the sport and its players.
Lycamobile Chairman, Allirajah Subaskaran commented:
"Lycamobile has a long tradition of supporting cricket and cricketing communities and we’re delighted to present Jim with this well-deserved award – he truly is one of the greatest cricket players, and has made a huge contribution to the sport both on the field and off.”
PCA Chief Executive, Angus Porter added:
"We are delighted that Lycamobile has sponsored the PCA Special Merit Award for the second year. Our other awards recognise outstanding achievements across the season, whilst the Special Merit Award is unique in recognising a lifetime of contribution to the game. Jim is a well deserving recipient."
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