On one side where there is a war going on between Murali and Lankan board, on the other side the ICC has voted Muralitharan into the ICC hall of fame. It is a big news for Murali and the Sri Lankan board as Murali is the first player to be voted into the ICC hall of fame and now we have to see that how the Lankan board reacts to it. Will they praise Murali for such a big achievement or they will keep the fight on?
Murali is not the lone cricketer to be voted to ICC hall of fame as the former Australian women team captain Karen Rolton, former Australian player Arthur Morris and former England bowler George Lohmann have also been voted for the prestigious position. They all will be inducted into the hall of fame by the end of this year.
“The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises some of the truly great players from cricket’s long and illustrious history, and this year’s inductees thoroughly deserve to be in this highly prestigious group,
“Muralitharan has been one of the greats of the modern era. His guile and consistency over the years helped Sri Lanka develop a very competitive side in both Tests and ODI cricket.
“We have in the list some very famous names of different eras. Lohmann and Morris were outstanding performers during their times and are part of cricket folk-lore, while Rolton’s performances have been recent and came during an era when women’s cricket became very competitive” said David Richardson, the ICC chief executive who is presently in Sri Lanka.
The chief of Australian cricket, James Sutherland also applauded Arthur Morris and Rolton on their achievements and said: “There are few honours more outstanding than being inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and these two players have shown throughout their careers that they are more than deserving of this award, “Arthur Morris is one of Australia’s greatest ever batsman and was part of Sir Donald Bradman’s famous ‘Invincibles’ side of 1948, he was classy and elegant and amassed big scores when Australia needed vital runs at the top,
“Karen has often been recognised as one of the world’s best female cricketers and her on-field success resulted in a number of titles for the Southern Stars during her playing career. She has directly led to the success of our current Australian Women’s team and many of our experienced players would have taken learning from her during her time as captain of all three formats.” He said: Muralitharan is probably the biggest name when it comes to spin bowling as he is the highest taker in international cricket. Along with that, he has a special record of 800 scalps in Test cricket which seems to be an unbreakable record.
Coming to rest of the players, Rolton is former Australian women’s player who played 14 Test matches and 141 ODI’s for Australia whereas Morris represented the same nation in 46 Test matches.
George Lohmann, the former England pacer played 18 Test matches for England from the year 1886 to 1896.