George Dockrell, the Ireland left-arm spinner, has been named the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year. He was chosen ahead of three of his team-mates Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien and Ed Joyce, and Afghanistan bowler Dawlat Zadran.

Dockrell, 20, was the leading wicket-taker in the voting period - between 4 August 2011 and 6 August 2012 - taking 43 scalps in ODIs, T20Is and the Intercontinental Cup, the ICC's four-day tournament for top Associate and Affiliate sides. Dockrell plays county cricket for Somerset, captained Ireland recently in the Under-19 World Cup, and took 14 wickets in T20 internationals, the most by any bowler in world cricket during the voting period.

"It's great to win such an award and especially to be following the footsteps of an esteemed group of players like William Porterfield and Ryan ten Doeschate, and only at the age of 20, I feel very honoured," Dockrell said after receiving the award in Colombo. "It has been a great year of cricket with I-Cup, U-19s and WCL Championship, and now the WT20, and I've been learning a lot to take into this tournament.

"It's good to be setting high standards, and hopefully I will keep performing well for Ireland in the future."

Dockrell became the second Irishman to win the prize, after Porterfield in 2009.