Garner and Walsh all smiles as they enter ICC Hall of Fame

Bengaluru, India - West Indies fast bowling legends Joel Garner and Courtney Walsh are both thrilled to have been inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame. The duo, who were members of the all-conquering West Indies Team under Clive Lloyd, received their Hall of Fame caps at the ICC's annual awards ceremony in Bengaluru, India on Wednesday night.

Walsh, a former Jamaica and West Indies captain said: “The most memorable part of my career was hearing my named called for the first time for West Indies and I’m honoured to have been named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. I am humbled and I am very happy to keep the West Indies flag flying, and to have played my part in West Indies cricket.”

Garner, a former Barbados captain and West Indies player from 1977 to 1987 said: ““The best part of cricket to keep loving the game of bowling and the game of cricket and I’m honoured to receive this award. This is one of the greatest awards I have received. I is not just for me but for the people I represented. I also want to thank people I played with me for helping me to reap success.”

He added: “I am pleased to be recognized by the ICC in this way. I worked hard in my cricket career and it is good to be honoured  and appreciated when I still alive.”

The 57-year-old Garner was a towering fast bowler who played 58 Test matches claiming 259 Test wickets and 98 ODIs taking 146 wickets. The Barbadian was part of the 1979 World Cup-winning West Indies side and his 5-39 in the final against England remains the best performance of a bowler in a World Cup final.

Walsh, who turns 48 on October 30, represented the West Indies in 132 Tests and 205 ODIs and claimed a West Indies record 519 Test scalps and 227 ODI wickets. He managed an incredible 22 five-wicket hauls in his career and five 10-wicket match hauls, while his Test economy rate was 2.53 and 3.83 in ODIs. Until 2004, Walsh was the only man to take 500 wickets in Test cricket and he is the only pace bowler to have bowled more than 5000 overs, in Test cricket.

The other West Indians in the ICC Hall of Fame are: Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards, George Headley, Clive Lloyd, Rohan Kanhai, Lance Gibbs, Michael Holding, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall.