India’s legendary spinner and the nation’s leading wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs Anil Kumble, is all set to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. With this, Anil Kumble will become only the fourth Indian after Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi to be inducted into ICC Hal of Fame.
Kumble’s induction ceremony will take place at Melbourne on Sunday during India’s crunch game against South Africa. Kumble will receive a commemorative cap during the innings break of the match.
Kumble was excited by the honour and said It’s an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Indeed, it will be a great moment of pride to receive it during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I deem it as a great privilege to join the list of great cricketing luminaries.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Kumble on his induction. Richardson quoted Anil was an outstanding international cricketer, a very well-respected opponent, a great statesman for his country and a role model for millions of aspiring cricketers. He played hard but within the spirit of the game. His performance and record speak volumes for his tenacity, commitment, endurance and service to the game.
Along with Kumble, former Aussie women’s cricketer Betty Wilson will also be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. ICC’s official Press Release read The process for the selection of players into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame started last year when the ICC Chairman invited all the living ICC Cricket Hall of Famers to send their nominations. The ICC Nominations Committee reduced the long-list to 10 men’s and three women’s cricketers. The short-list was then sent to the Voting Academy, which included representatives of all the 10 Full Members, media representatives from all the 10 Full Members, Associate & Affiliate Member, women’s cricket and FICA representatives as well as living ICC Hall of Famers. The ICC collated the nominations and forwarded the ballot papers to the auditors who provided the final results.