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Waqar, Gilchrist make it to ICC Hall of Fame

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December 9, 2013

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Waqar Younis grimaces as Pakistan collapse, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, January 22, 2011
Waqar Younis will become the fourth male Pakistan cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame © AFP
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Adam Gilchrist and Waqar Younis have been announced as the two inductees into the ICC Hall of Fame for the year 2013-14 with two more to be named at the end of the month.

Waqar, who captained Pakistan in 17 Tests and 62 ODIs, will be inducted during the first Twenty20 international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai on December 11, to become the fifth male Pakistan player to make the list after Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Hanif Mohammad and Wasim Akram.

"As I look forward to the day, I'm truly grateful to the people who've considered me worthy of such an honour," Waqar said.

Waqar picked up 956 first-class wickets from 228 matches in a career spanning 15 years. With 789 wickets, he is also Pakistan's second-highest wicket-taker in all formats behind Akram. Waqar is also the only bowler till date to collect five-wicket hauls in three consecutive ODIs, and is the fastest to 400 ODI wickets.

Gilchrist, one of Australia's most prolific wicketkeeper-batsmen, was an integral part of the team that lifted three consecutive World Cups from 1999, as well as the Champions Trophy in 2006. The 19th male Australian to join the Hall of Fame, Gilchrist will be honoured during the third Ashes Test at the WACA. He has aggregated 5570 runs in Tests, and 9619 in ODIs.

"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.

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Posted by warnerbasher on (December 13, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

I think the players need to be retired for a period before they can be inducted. Zaheer was a fine bat on flat wickets but on pitches where balls bounced above his knees he wasn't up to it. Agree about Sangakara though. He's a terrific player and in my view the best all pitch batsman in the world. Well done Gilly 'THE MOST EXHILARATING CRICKETER OF THE MODERN AGE"

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (December 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Why not Chaminda Vaas? He has crossed 400 wickets mark in ODIs , and 355 in Tests. Has the best ODI figures..8/19.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Its not only an honour for Waqar but an honor for ICC hall of fame to have inductee like him. Unfortunately the most underrated bowler who's contribution to cricket is in itself a trend setting. Be it changing the West indian trend of pitching short or be it gifting the cricket world with the revere swinging yorker, Waqar deserved a lot more. Seeing greats like Botham, Taylor, looking helpless against his yorkers or watching great lara on his feet against his Yorker or Sachin's uprooted stumps on occasions, Waqar was all over it. The bowler with the best strike rates on his times and with most percentage of bowlds surely deserve a place in all time world 11 along with great Marshall. Yes, a little high economy rate but then it settles with his avg, strike rates and his aggressive fast bowling. A handsome run up which inspired a generation to follow (Darren Gough, Shoaib akhtar, Lasith Malinga). Waqar is in the same space of accurate striking ability as brazilian ronlado in football.

Posted by dms1972 on (December 12, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

@Rajiv Radhakrishnan, you fear a backlash because you know your argument is pathetic. As David Hawkins said, take a look at Gilchrist's second Test match and re-evaluate your argument.

Posted by dms1972 on (December 12, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

@SomanPatil and others. I believe players have to be retired for at least 5 years before they can be inducted, so it will be at least 5 years before Tendulkar is inducted, 4 years for Ponting, and Sangakkara is still playing, so will have to wait quite awhile yet.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (December 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

My all time favorite when he run feel like ..bullet train is running ...always been a amazing to see his Yorker and speed.we love u waqar.

Posted by SomanPatil on (December 10, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

I was referring to the complete list and not for this year.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

i think sangakkara is a far better performer than gilchrist

Posted by SomanPatil on (December 10, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

No Dravid and Sachin in hall of fame. What is the selection criteria?

Posted by Shantul on (December 10, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

Is there certain criteria that ICC is following regarding hall of fame inductees?? Because Zaheer Abbas is one the Best batsman that Pakistan has ever produced and he has not been selected in Hall Of Fame?? curious!!!!!

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