Former Sri Lankan skipper and one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Mahela Jayawardene has been awarded honorary lifetime membership of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) for his outstanding career.
The MCC made a statement about the Jayawardene’s honour, “Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has awarded former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene Honorary Life Membership of the Club. Jayawardene’s invitation recognises a stellar career in which he played 149 Test matches and scored 11,814 runs at an average of 49.84,”
Before this honour, Jayawardene had appeared on the famous Lord’s Honours Boards for two times on 2002 and 2006 against England, after scoring centuries of 107 and 119 runs respectively.
Jayawardene became the 14th Sri Lankan cricketer overall and 3rd Sri Lankan cricketer in this calendar year to be awarded with this honour. Before him, Marvan Atapattu and Chaminda Vass were awarded in this honour in this year.
MCC awards the Honorary Lifetime Membership to those individual cricketers who have given a great service to the cricket. More than 300 cricketers were already awarded in this honour.
Jayawardene said after this great achievement, “It is an honour to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC. It is a great Club and I’m privileged to now be a part of it. I’ve always enjoyed playing at Lord’s, and the MCC Members have always given me a great reception, so to be given this accolade is extra special. The Club does brilliant work both in the UK and overseas and I’m delighted to now be a part of it.”