Dubai, Dec 31: The International Cricket Council today announced that former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 4 January 2013 during the lunch interval of the third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.
McGrath becomes the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees West Indian Brian Lara and England’s Enid Bakewell in being recognized by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.
While Lara and Bakewell were inducted in September at the LG ICC Awards, McGrath will be inducted at his home ground of the SCG. A fourth and final inductee of 2012-13 will be announced next summer.
McGrath, who represented Australia in 124 Test matches between 1993 and 2007 claiming 563 Test wickets at an average of 21.64, and he is still taken more Test wickets than any other seam bowler currently in the game or retired.
He also represented Australia in 250 ODIs, claiming 381 wickets at an average of 22.02 and was part of the Australian side that won three successive ICC Cricket World Cups – 1999, 2003 and 2007 and he still holds the record with the most wickets in ICC Cricket World Cup competitions, with 71 scalps and his figures of 7-15 against Namibia are the best in the competition’s history.
McGrath said of the induction: “I am honoured that the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame voting academy, which includes all the current living Hall of Famers, have nominated and voted me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“I am very much looking forward to celebrating the occasion on 4 January with not only my friends and family, but all those at the SCG which is of course is like a second home to me.”
*ICC Cricket Hall of Fame – initial inductees (55):
Sydney Barnes, Bishan Bedi, Alec Bedser, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Denis Compton, Colin Cowdrey, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Lance Gibbs, Graham Gooch, David Gower, WG Grace, Tom Graveney, Gordon Greenidge, Richard Hadlee, Walter Hammond, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Jack Hobbs, Michael Holding, Leonard Hutton, Rohan Kanhai, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Jim Laker, Harold Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Clive Lloyd, Hanif Mohammad, Rodney Marsh, Malcolm Marshall, Peter May, Javed Miandad, Keith Miller, Bill O’Reilly, Graeme Pollock, Wilfred Rhodes, Barry Richards, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Brian Statham, Fred Trueman, Derek Underwood, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Woolley, Frank Worrell.
Herbert Sutcliffe, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Victor Trumper, Clarrie Grimmett.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Ken Barrington, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner.
Belinda Clark, Frederick Spofforth, Curtly Ambrose, Alan Davidson.
Enid Bakewell, Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and one more to be announced in July 2013. —- ICC/Image © guardian.co.uk