'Prince' Lara for Hall of Fame
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – Batting genius Brian Lara will join several other great former West Indies players when he is inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The former West Indies captain, who retired from international cricket five years ago, will be formally inducted at the ICC Awards ceremony at the Waters’ Edge Resort here.
Cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, made the announcement on Thursday, adding that former England women’s Enid Bakewell would also be inducted.
Lara is widely considered as perhaps the most exciting batsman of the contemporary era and still holds the records for the highest Test and first class scores. He holds the records for the highest Test score (400 not out) and highest first-class score (501 not out).
The left-hander played 131 Tests, garnering 11 953 runs to be the highest run-getter in West Indies history. He is third on the all-time list led by Indian prodigy Sachin Tendulkar.
He also managed 10 405 runs from 299 One-Day Internationals, the last of which came during the historic 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
Lara also led West Indies in 47 Tests.
Only last year, one of Lara’s former teammates Curtly Ambrose was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame with fast bowling greats Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner called up the previous year.