On 11th July, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the induction of three legends in its Hall of Fame, including the former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, former England and England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards and former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir.
The three were recognized for their immense contributions to the game by being selected for the respected Hall of Fame. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the first person of Indian origin to play for West Indies. He had an illustrious career, in which he played 164 Tests, and scored 11,867 runs, paving the way for other cricketers after him. Charlotte Edwards was one of the most consistent players of the game, playing a total of 153 One Day Internationals (ODI) for England, and 33 Tests. She made 5,992 ODI runs and scored five centuries. She holds the distinction of being the first English cricketer to be honored in the ICC Hall of Fame.
The third to be inducted is Abdul Qadir, considered one of the greatest leg-spinners of all time. Qadir made his debut in 1977 and went on to play 67 Tests and 104 ODIs, picking up 236 and 132 wickets respectively. He was also the first to take six wickets in a Test innings for Pakistan- he achieved this feat against England in 1987.
The trio were highly delighted at the announcement. After being awarded the prestigious honor, Chanderpaul said, “It is with great pride that I acknowledge being inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.” Edwards added, “It’s a huge honor and I am extremely proud to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame alongside tireless former players.” And Qadir stated, “I feel immensely privileged and honored to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame”
The induction of the three legends into the ICC Hall of Fame serves as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers who, while forging the game, will now be driven to be the best in the sport, and continue to bring greatness and recognition to the game.
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ICC Hall of Fame Induction for Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Charlotte Edwards, and Abdul Qadir
On 9th July 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted three new members into the prestigious ICC Cricket Hall of Fame – Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Charlotte Edwards and Abdul Qadir.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was born in 1971. He was one of the greatest batsman in the history of West Indian cricket, with over 11,867 runs and a highest score of 203 in 164 test matches. He was one of the first West Indians to score a century against the powerful Australians in the 90’s. His career spanned for 22 years until he retired in 2016.
Charlotte Edwards was born in 1979. She played a total of 191 ODIs and 22 Tests matches, as one of the most recognized female cricketers of the modern times. She has scored over 5,934 runs in ODI cricket and over 692 runs in Tests matches. Her highest score was 173 runs in ODI. During her 19 year career, she was instrumental in leading the England Women’s Team to multiple T20 World Cup titles.
Abdul Qadir was born in 1955 in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was a world class leg-spinner who played in 67 Test matches and 104 One Day Internationals (ODIs). His bowling impressed cricket fans worldwide, earning him the title of one of Pakistan’s finest spin bowlers. He remains the only spinner to take 5 wickets in an innings against India in all formats of the game.
These three legendary fielders have followed into a string of illustrious players that are already part of the ICC Hall of Fame. Their experience, skill and expertise will certainly be an added asset to the long list of internationally recognized cricketers.
The ICC Hall of Fame was conceptualized to recognize and honour the contributions of great cricketers, umpires and administrators across the world. The inductees mentioned above are some of the best in their respective areas and certainly deserve this honour.
Some of the cricketers already inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame include:
- Michael Holding
- Sonny Ramadhin
- Geoffrey Boycott
- Joel Garner
- Anil Kumble
- Wasim Akram
- Sourav Ganguly
- Jacques Kallis
- Ricky Ponting
- Kumar Sangakkara
The induction of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Charlotte Edwards and Abdul Qadir is a true tribute to their commitment to the game and their immaculate performances over the years. It is a great honor for them and their families as well as their admirers, who have supported and admired their wonderful performances during their cricket careers. The recognition and respect will motivate other aspiring cricketers to strive to achieve excellence in the game, thus helping in its growth.