Leicestershire’s highly-rated young batsman Shiv Thakor has been short-listed for a prestigious prize at this year’s British Asian Sports Awards.
Thakor, who recently signed a three-year summer contract with Leicestershire, has been nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the Year in the male under-18 category of the BASA awards.
The 17-year-old, who is currently on tour with the England Under-19 side, will attend a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 5 when the awards, which are now ten years old, are made.
BASA’s panel of expert judges include BASA ambassador and Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash, Olympic Gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE and BBC Football League Show presenter and Leicester City fan Manish Bhasin.
They saw Thakor’s potential as a future sporting star and shortlisted him from more than 100 nominations. Thakor is up against some healthy competition in the category with Leicester City footballer Raajan Singh Gill, 17, and Middlesex-based golfing champion Pavan Sagoo, 15, also on the shortlist.
Leicester-born Thakor has been on Leicestershire’s radar since he played for the county’s under-9 side as a six-year-old.
He has since played for every age group in the county’s successful youth system, usually above his own age group, and made a double-century for Loughborough GS against Nottingham HS in the National Under-13 Schools semi-finals. He is now a pupil at Uppingham School.