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Waqar, Gilchrist inducted into ICC's Hall of Fame


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Waqar Younis. — Photo AP
Waqar Younis. — Photo AP

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's pace bowling great Waqar Younis and former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist were on Monday inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame, the International Cricket Council said.

Waqar joins Hanif Mohammad and former team-mates Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram as the Pakistanis in the exclusive club. Gilchrist will be the 19th Australian male inductee, the ICC said.

Waqar will be honoured by the governing body during the Twenty20 international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai on Wednesday, while Gilchrist will be feted during the third Ashes Test in Perth on Friday.

Waqar claimed 373 wickets in 87 Tests and 416 wickets in 262 one-day internationals before retiring after the 2003 World Cup. He now works as a television commentator.

“It's a huge honour for me,” said the 42-year-old Waqar. “I'm truly grateful to the people who've considered me worthy of such an honour.”

Gilchrist, also a prolific batsman, was a three-time World Cup winner in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

He played 96 Tests during a 12-year career that ended in 2008, making 5,570 runs and claiming 416 dismissals behind the stumps.

In 287 one-day internationals, he scored 9,619 runs and dismissed 472 batsmen.

“I am delighted to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and to be doing it in front of my home crowd on the first day of the third Test will be a very special occasion for me and my family,” Gilchrist, 42, said in the same statement.

The induction of Waqar and Gilchrist takes the tally of male cricketers in the Hall of Fame to 71, while two more players will be added by the end of the month, the ICC said.

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combaticus Dec 09, 2013 05:06pm

It is OkaY but Misbah and Afridi should be added to hall of fame as well since they are very good cricketers wtih tarrefic rekords.

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Bilal Dec 09, 2013 07:04pm

Well deserved for both Waqar and Gilchrist. Both are living legends. Wish Pakistanis would learn to respect the monumental achievements of Waqar. He was a phenomenon.

Well Wisher Dec 09, 2013 07:09pm

Is there any such thing called ICC Hall Of Shame?

Amir Dec 09, 2013 07:54pm

Congrats Waqar! you deserve it 110%. You were one heck of a bowler, one of the greatest of all times.

diwan_ch Dec 09, 2013 09:35pm

@combaticus: Misbah should not be in the team let alone in ICC Hall of Fame. However, I do agree with you on Afridi, he is very entertaining and that is what cricket should be about: Entertainment. But there is bias against Pakistanis that is why there are only 5 Pakistanis compared to 19 Australians. When will they add Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Mushtaq Muhammad, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rana Naveed ul Hassan, Aqid Javed, Abdul Qadir, Shoaib Akhtar ?

EMJ Dec 09, 2013 10:52pm

@combaticus: You must be joking

faisal baloch Dec 10, 2013 03:10am

This should have been done long before. But never too late, Waqar Younis deserves more than this. Congrats!

Ernest Bowen(Australia) Dec 10, 2013 03:32am

@combaticus: They don't deserved to be in PAKISTAN TEAM never mind in ICC Hall of Fame

Amer Dec 10, 2013 04:10am

@diwan_ch: Rana Naveed-ul-Hassan? You must be really joking now!

Irtiza Dec 10, 2013 08:35am

Congratulations Waqar!!

Jack Dec 10, 2013 09:57am

Waqar Younis is one of the finest quicks in the history of the game. He had everything a fast bowler should have - superb run up, action and delivery stride with a variety of deliveries not to forget that deadly reverse swinging yorker that destroyed scores of batsmen in his peak time. ALong with Wasim Akram he formed one of the very greatest fast bowling pairs in history of the game, bith were so different and yet complemented each other well. We in India admire Waqar more than Wasim as he is a fine gentlemen as well who knows what to talk and talks sensibly while Wasum is prone to at times talk off the cuff. Waqar was a great help as bowling coach of HYderabad IPL Team and we hope he will be there again for IPL-7. aLL MY CONGRATS TO the great WAQAR YOUNIS

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 10, 2013 03:52pm

Well done Waqar Younis. Keep it up and hang on tough.

Husain Bashir Dec 10, 2013 04:14pm

@diwan_ch: Inzimam, Saeed Anwar, Saqlain and Abdul Qadir should be there.....The rest were mediocre players

kutbuddeen Dec 10, 2013 04:19pm

@Amer: I have meet Rana bahi, he is a great and kind person. One of the best limited over all rounders and invented the slow bouncer. Pakistan bowlers are best in the world in inovation.

Moin Ravasia Dec 10, 2013 05:26pm

I have never seen fast bowler with deadly Yorkers as he used to bowl. Congrats!

US CENTCOM Dec 10, 2013 07:41pm

Waqar Younis is a legend and one of the best fast bowlers of all time. I watch his highlights just to remember what aggressive fast bowling is all about. I don

Ahmad Junaid Anwar Samdani Dec 11, 2013 06:00am

Well done Waqar! You deserve far more than this. I strongly believe you as the fastest bowler as when you were on peak there were no speed guns. Waqar younis is the ever best fastest bowler the game has seen. Wish him best of luck!