India's first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev has been chosen for the Global Diversity Award for Sports 2011 for his outstanding achievements in cricket and his recent induction into the ICC Hall of Fame 2010.
Rt Hon. Keith Vaz, Labour MP, Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee, who hosted the event, described Kapil as "Global Sporting Icon".
The award was instituted by the Next Step Foundation, a non-partisan not-for-profit organisation set up by Vaz that promotes diversity and leadership issues in the United Kingdom. Previous recipients of the Award include Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Britain's ace motor racing expert Lewis Hamilton.