ICC news September 12, 2011

Ambrose makes it into ICC Hall of Fame

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Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Joining Ambrose in 2011's Hall of Fame class was an Australian trio of former allrounder Alan Davidson, former women's captain Belinda Clark and the late fast bowler Frederick Spofforth.

One of the finest bowlers of all time, Ambrose picked up 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99 in a career that had remarkable performances. He took 6 for 24 to skittle England for 46 in Trinidad in 1993, and 7 for 25 against Australia at the WACA in 1993 to win the series for his side. He also played 176 ODIs, taking 225 wickets at an average of 24.12.

"It is a privilege and an honour to be inducted in the Hall of Fame," Ambrose said. "In the history of cricket there have been many great cricketers and to be part of that elite group, I'm very happy and very humbled.

"I never thought that this day would come. This only tells me that all the hard work I put in throughout my career did not go unnoticed. I see this also as a just reward for all the joy and happiness that I may have brought to cricket and cricketers alike."

Ambrose, Davidson and Clark will be inducted during the ICC annual awards in London, while Spofforth will be inducted later next year in a ceremony involving the former fast bowler's family.

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  • POSTED BY whatever007 on | September 15, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    A true legend of WI cricket, and one of the greatest bowlers of all time! One of my favorite memories as a boy is watching Ambrose run in with venom, wrists twitching just before delivery and staring down a batsman that has missed and played an unplayable delivery. There have been few bowlers in the 100+ years of cricket that can will his team to win by the shear force of determination. He was one of them! I am glad he is being honored for his outstanding contribution to the game., Well deserved.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | September 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    I remember Matthew Elliot being entranced by Ambrose's run-up to the crease. The problem was, Elliot was batting at the time! A wonderful bowler to watch, he singlehandedly kept Antigua in the match against Australia at the Commonwealth Games with 3/30-odd, along with his performances for the West Indies. One of my all-time favourite bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    my all time fav bowler...

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    This man was THE REAL Deal i remember when i used to go to bourda to see him bowl never miss him on tv too the BIG MAN used to make opposition batsmen quake was pure joy to watch ... it pains me as a WI like so many others to see what our team has now become . thanks for the memories Curtley .

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    You were the best in your time... Love your dreads and your bald head. Thumbs up Bro

  • POSTED BY Shilly77 on | September 13, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Top class bowler! Never forget his spell at Perth and when he destroyed england in Trinidad! Brings a massive smile to my face!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Curtly Elcoln Lynwall Ambrose...My Cricketing Idol...Congrats To You Ambi.Just writing this Brought tears to My Eyes.A True Cricket Hero.Long Live Curtly Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Congrats CEL Ambrose. A master at what you did it was a joy to watch you.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Champion player. Pride of the West Indies. It must be an amazing feeling to be honoured by the sport you excelled at. Good on you Curtley Ambrose!

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | September 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @r1m2 You are kind of jumping the gun a bit. The hall of fame elected only 3 or 4 players each year. You can have a look on ICC website of past inductees. Last year Walsh and Garner were amongst those admitted. They can't do everyone at once, and they need to have retired for a certain period first. Most of the names you mentioned will eventually get there!

  • POSTED BY whatever007 on | September 15, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    A true legend of WI cricket, and one of the greatest bowlers of all time! One of my favorite memories as a boy is watching Ambrose run in with venom, wrists twitching just before delivery and staring down a batsman that has missed and played an unplayable delivery. There have been few bowlers in the 100+ years of cricket that can will his team to win by the shear force of determination. He was one of them! I am glad he is being honored for his outstanding contribution to the game., Well deserved.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | September 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    I remember Matthew Elliot being entranced by Ambrose's run-up to the crease. The problem was, Elliot was batting at the time! A wonderful bowler to watch, he singlehandedly kept Antigua in the match against Australia at the Commonwealth Games with 3/30-odd, along with his performances for the West Indies. One of my all-time favourite bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    my all time fav bowler...

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    This man was THE REAL Deal i remember when i used to go to bourda to see him bowl never miss him on tv too the BIG MAN used to make opposition batsmen quake was pure joy to watch ... it pains me as a WI like so many others to see what our team has now become . thanks for the memories Curtley .

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    You were the best in your time... Love your dreads and your bald head. Thumbs up Bro

  • POSTED BY Shilly77 on | September 13, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Top class bowler! Never forget his spell at Perth and when he destroyed england in Trinidad! Brings a massive smile to my face!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Curtly Elcoln Lynwall Ambrose...My Cricketing Idol...Congrats To You Ambi.Just writing this Brought tears to My Eyes.A True Cricket Hero.Long Live Curtly Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Congrats CEL Ambrose. A master at what you did it was a joy to watch you.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Champion player. Pride of the West Indies. It must be an amazing feeling to be honoured by the sport you excelled at. Good on you Curtley Ambrose!

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | September 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @r1m2 You are kind of jumping the gun a bit. The hall of fame elected only 3 or 4 players each year. You can have a look on ICC website of past inductees. Last year Walsh and Garner were amongst those admitted. They can't do everyone at once, and they need to have retired for a certain period first. Most of the names you mentioned will eventually get there!

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | September 13, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Greatest fast bowler who's lived. Its strange we dont see bowlers trying to be like ambrose. We dont see bowlers these days with the long lanky rythmic runups that look so natural. These days its brett lee style robotic bowlers. Ambrose was the best model to watch for a fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | September 13, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Still my favourite bowler of all time. I'm not old enough to have seen Roberts, Holding, Lillee etc. However, Ambrose was the best that I have seen in my time. Congratulations Curtly L Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    respect to ambrose a true legend of the great game.an absolute master class fast bowler. well deserved award to him.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    One of the Greatest Bowler .... Remember him getting Mad when asked to remove his wrist band... destroyed the batsman.. what a bowler... I wonder if we see will another bowler like him ever again... Congrats

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    THE BEST EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.... ITS A ABSOLUTE TREAT TO WATCH HIS BOWLING ON ANY GIVEN DAY .... AN ABSOLUTE FEAST FOR TRUE FAST BOWLING LOVER.....

  • POSTED BY Ahsan_Shere on | September 12, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Once Curtley Ambrose said: "I didn't want to be a cricketer, I played this game as my job not as a passion" I think had he played the game with passion we would have a Bowling Bradman!! I'm Pakistani but I rate him higher than Waqar Younis.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    True Great. An awesome sight to watch as a youngster - this is what bowling is about. People pay to see something they can't do.

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | September 12, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Curtly is my favourite bowler, but how has it taken so long to get the truly great Alan Davidson in this HoF?? Richie Benaud says he's the best fast bowler he ever played with - and Richie's views are the gospel of cricket! Just look at his record, Mr Davidson knew what to with a new red cherry in his hand!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    The greatest Fast bowler ever...

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | September 12, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Good for Ambrose. But I wonder, what this is all about? What are the selection criteria? Why isn't Waqar Younis, Collin Croft, Sylvester Joseph, Ian Bishop, Zaheer Abbas, Shane Warne, Muralitharan in there? Why wasn't Ambrose inducted earlier? Does anyone doubt that Waqar, Croft etc. shouldn't be in the HoF? If they should be in there, what is ICC waiting for? Does waiting to give out the induction, make them look cool? I mean when the HoF launched, Ambrose had already retired. If retirement is a criteria, he should've been inducted right away, so why did ICC wait so long for this? None of this make enough sense, and I think I am not alone in these thoughts, and until ICC fixes this or clarifies what they are trying to do here, this HoF cannot be taken seriously.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Richly deserved..........!!!

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | September 12, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    For those of us who aren't quite old enough to have seen the great WI quartets of the 70s and 80s Curtly (and Courtney) was the model of what a great fast bowler should be. The stats send a shiver down your spine too - 405 wkts at less than 21 - ridiculously brilliant, especially compared to so many of today's bowlers - I'd love to have seen some of the current batsman with their inflated averages against him. I remember how much he hated conceding any runs, scowling as if every run scored was an offence. Thoroughly deserved honour for him.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    True West Indian .. Congrats well deserved ..

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    hats off to you....Sir Curtly

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  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    hats off to you....Sir Curtly

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    True West Indian .. Congrats well deserved ..

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | September 12, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    For those of us who aren't quite old enough to have seen the great WI quartets of the 70s and 80s Curtly (and Courtney) was the model of what a great fast bowler should be. The stats send a shiver down your spine too - 405 wkts at less than 21 - ridiculously brilliant, especially compared to so many of today's bowlers - I'd love to have seen some of the current batsman with their inflated averages against him. I remember how much he hated conceding any runs, scowling as if every run scored was an offence. Thoroughly deserved honour for him.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Richly deserved..........!!!

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | September 12, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Good for Ambrose. But I wonder, what this is all about? What are the selection criteria? Why isn't Waqar Younis, Collin Croft, Sylvester Joseph, Ian Bishop, Zaheer Abbas, Shane Warne, Muralitharan in there? Why wasn't Ambrose inducted earlier? Does anyone doubt that Waqar, Croft etc. shouldn't be in the HoF? If they should be in there, what is ICC waiting for? Does waiting to give out the induction, make them look cool? I mean when the HoF launched, Ambrose had already retired. If retirement is a criteria, he should've been inducted right away, so why did ICC wait so long for this? None of this make enough sense, and I think I am not alone in these thoughts, and until ICC fixes this or clarifies what they are trying to do here, this HoF cannot be taken seriously.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    The greatest Fast bowler ever...

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | September 12, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Curtly is my favourite bowler, but how has it taken so long to get the truly great Alan Davidson in this HoF?? Richie Benaud says he's the best fast bowler he ever played with - and Richie's views are the gospel of cricket! Just look at his record, Mr Davidson knew what to with a new red cherry in his hand!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    True Great. An awesome sight to watch as a youngster - this is what bowling is about. People pay to see something they can't do.

  • POSTED BY Ahsan_Shere on | September 12, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Once Curtley Ambrose said: "I didn't want to be a cricketer, I played this game as my job not as a passion" I think had he played the game with passion we would have a Bowling Bradman!! I'm Pakistani but I rate him higher than Waqar Younis.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    THE BEST EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.... ITS A ABSOLUTE TREAT TO WATCH HIS BOWLING ON ANY GIVEN DAY .... AN ABSOLUTE FEAST FOR TRUE FAST BOWLING LOVER.....