MCC news February 4, 2013

Strauss awarded honorary life MCC membership

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, has been awarded honorary life membership of MCC.

Honorary life membership is awarded by the MCC committee in recognition of the service they have given to cricket and projects surrounding the game, often over a very long period. There are now more than 300 honorary life members of MCC out of a total full membership of 18,000.

Strauss, who retired from international after the South Africa series last year, was first associated with MCC in 2001 when he became a first-class playing member after an overseas to Namibia. He becomes the 27th former England captain to accept the invitation.

The president of MCC, Mike Griffith, said: "Andrew Strauss has had a remarkable cricketing career and made an outstanding contribution to the game. His achievements for Middlesex and England - particularly at Lord's - are numerous and rightly celebrated. I am absolutely delighted that he has accepted MCC's invitation of honorary life membership of the Club, and I very much look forward to seeing him at Lord's many times in the future."

Strauss said: "Thank you so much to all at MCC for the offer. It is, of course, a great honour to receive this invitation, and I clearly have no hesitation in accepting."