West Indies greats named in ICC Hall of Fame

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The International Cricket Council (ICC) named 13 icons of West Indies cricket in its Cricket Hall of Fame, which it launched Friday as part of the ICC’s centenary year celebrations.

The ICC announced a list of 55 players for induction and the West Indians as they appear on the ICC’s list are: Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, George Headley, Michael Holding, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Sir Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Frank Worrell.

Speaking at the launch of the centenary year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, the ICC’s chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat said the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame would provide the chance for the game to recognise its greatest achievers.

“Given a key theme of the ICC’s centenary year is celebrating the game’s heritage then the foundation of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is an entirely logical step,” Lorgat said.

“It will provide a means of recognising the historical contribution of past players, officials and even institutions in making cricket what it is today, a great sport with a great spirit,” Lorgat added.

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame has been formed in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), as part of the ICC’s centenary year celebrations.

The ICC said its initial intake of 55 inductees will be supplemented by a select group of inductions each year, starting in 2009 when the newcomers will be announced during the LG ICC Awards ceremony.

The initial inductees -- or, in the case of those who have passed away, their relatives -- will be presented with a commemorative ICC Cricket Hall of Fame cap at an appropriate stage during the ICC centenary year.

And those living members of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame will also have the chance to help choose new inductees, part of an inclusive selection process.