MCC to recognise women's achievements on honours board at Lord's
Centuries and five-fors in ODIs to figure now, allowing Ricky Ponting, Sarah Taylor and Muttiah Muralitharan, among others, to be featured
Women will now figure on the iconic Lord's honour board following the 135-year-old Marylebone Cricket Club's decision to recognise centuries and five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket too.
Previously, only centuries and five-wicket hauls in Test matches found a mention on the boards at the home and away dressing rooms at Lord's. The change is a part of MCC's refurbishment drive at the 'Home of Cricket' ahead of the 2019 season.
The new addition means Sarah Taylor, Claire Taylor and Caroline Atkins will be among the England women to have their names immortalised for scoring ODI centuries at Lord's, with Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole featuring on the bowlers' board. Shrubsole famously picked up 6 for 46 as England pipped India in a thrilling 2017 women's World Cup final.
Among those who will now feature on the board after missing out for all these years are Michael Atherton, Ricky Ponting and Muttiah Muralitharan, who all made the grade in ODIs but not in Tests.
But Sachin Tendulkar, who had a highest score of 37 in five Tests and 30 in three ODIs at Lord's, continued to miss out. Tendulkar's only century at the venue - 125 for Rest of the World against MCC - came in an exhibition game played in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
"We are delighted to now be able to recognise the same achievements for One-Day Internationals as we have done for Test Matches for many years," Guy Lavender, MCC chief executive and secretary, said. "This is a landmark moment for Lord's, with women's cricket now documented in the dressing rooms for the first time.
"The Honours Boards are amongst the most popular attractions for the many visitors to the Home of Cricket. There is a huge amount of prestige for players to see their name inscribed in history, so it is appropriate for a new installation of the boards to take place ahead of what will be such a busy year of cricket at Lord's."