New Zealand cricketing great Sir Richard Hadlee has been named as one of the inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame has been established by the ICC as part of its Centenary Year celebrations during 2009.
Hadlee joins such cricketing legends as WG Grace, Don Bradman, Garfield Sobers and Sunil Gavaskar as one of the initial 55 inductees. He is the only New Zealander named.
Hadlee said he was delighted to be selected as part of this milestone in celebrating cricket’s first 100 years.
"It's an honour to be included in the Hall of Fame alongside so many outstanding cricketers of the past hundred years,” said Hadlee.
“There's a lot of cricket history in that list of names - and it's a great way to celebrate the ICC's maiden ton. I hope there will be a few more New Zealanders on the list in the future too.”
The Hall of Fame is a collaboration between ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA). The initial inductees are those named in the FICA Hall of Fame, which ran between 1999 and 2003. Additional names will be added annually from later this year, when new inductees will be announced at the LG ICC Awards ceremony.
The complete Hall of Fame, including players’ career statistics and biographies, can be viewed at http://www.catchthespirit.com/hall_of_fame/hall_of_fame_landing.aspx