Indian cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar has been selected for the Sree Chithira Thirunal Trust national award for his benefaction in the sports field. The award, embracing a cash prize of Rs.One lakh and citation, has been inaugurated by the Trust to honour those who proved their excellence in sports at the national level. Gavaskar’s attainments and contributions as a cricketer, commentator and administrator had been considered for the identification, the Trust said.

Sunil Gavaskar is the first sports disposition to win the prize. A panel, containing former Board of Cricket Control (BCCI) in India secretary S K Nair, Trust Chairman T Raveendran Thampi, S N Ravichandran Nair, N Harikumar and T Satheesh Kumar, selected the winner. The award will be dispensed to Sunil Gavaskar at a function to be held here on 12th November, 2014.