Waqar, Gilchrist in Hall of Fame
London: Two of the finest cricketers in history were rewarded for their contributions on Monday. Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis and former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist will be inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame next week. Waqar and Gilchrist become the 70th and 71st male members of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Waqar will join the exclusive club during the first Twenty20 International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on December 11, while Gilchrist will two days later in Perth, They will become the first two inductees of 2013-14, while two more names will be announced later this month.
Waqar joins countrymen Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram Gilchrist is the 19th male Australian in the elite club. A famed exponent of reverse swing, Waqar claimed 373 wickets from 87 Tests and 416 scalps from 262 One-Day Internationals. The 42-year-old also led his country in 17 Tests and 62 ODIs.
On his forthcoming induction, Waqar said: "It is a huge honour for me.” "I am delighted to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and to be doing it in front of my home crowd on the first day of the third Test will be a very special occasion for me and my family," Gilchrist said.