Murali to join Hall of Fame

Muttiah Muralitharan (File)
Muttiah Muralitharan (File)

Colombo - Sri Lanka spin legend, Muttiah Muralitharan, will become the first player from his country to be inducted into the ICC's Cricket Hall of Fame.

The ICC will also posthumously honour England fast bowler George Lohmann, and Australian opener Arthur Morris.

Karen Rolton will become the third Australian women inducted into the Hall of fame, at a ceremony to be held later this year.

Muralitharan is the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests and ODI's and the only person ever to take 800 wickets in Test cricket and a total of over 1000 wickets in all formats of International cricket.

Lohmann took just 16 Tests to reach 100 wickets, a record that still stands 120 years after it was set. Lohmann's career was tragically cut short after he contracted tuberculosis, the quick emigrated to South Africa and turned out for Western Province, but succumbed to his ill-health in 1901 aged just 36.

Morris played 46 Tests for Australia between 1946 and 1955, he formed part of Sir Donald Bradman's invincibles and would score 12 Test centuries.

Rolton is a former Australia captain, she scored a century in the 2005 World Cup final as Australia lifted the trophy. She also scored a brilliant 209 not out against England at Headingley in 2001.

ICC chief executive David Richardson had this to say about the inductees: "We have in the list some very famous names of different eras.

"Muralitharan has been one of the greats of the modern era. Lohmann and Morris were outstanding performers during their times and are part of cricket folklore, while Rolton's performances have been recent and came during an era when women's cricket became very competitive."

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