The International Cricket Council (ICC) on July 1, 2018, inducted former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and former England Women’s wicket-keeper Claire Taylor into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in a glittering ceremony in Dublin, Ireland.
The three former players were selected into the illustrious list by members of the Hall of Fame and the media, as per an ICC press release. The other Indian cricketers to feature in the list include former Indian captains Anil Kumble, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.
With the move, Dravid became the fifth Indian player to be named in the Hall of Fame, Ponting became the 25th from Australia and Taylor became the third female player from England to be named on the list and seventh overall. Dravid and Ponting have both scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs.
1. The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of the legends of the game from cricket’s long and illustrious history.
2. Members of the Hall of Fame assist in the selection of future inductees.
3. It was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of Dubai on January 2, 2009, in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), as part of the ICC’s centenary celebrations.
4. The inaugural inductees ranged from W. G. Grace, who retired from Test cricket in 1899, to Graham Gooch, who played his last Test match in 1995.
5. Among women cricketers, there are seven women in the Hall of Fame.
6. In 2010, Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, former England women’s cricket team captain who led the team to victory in the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973, became the first woman cricketer in the Hall of Fame.