ICC World Cup Hall of Fame
Three of the game’s greatest players have been admitted into the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, the ICC revealed three new entrants to the ICC Hall of Fame: Pakistan veteran Abdul Qadir, England pioneer Charlotte Edwards, and West Indies star Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Pakistan spinner Qadir joins the squad after a 13-year career in which he appeared in 67 Tests and 104 One-Day Internationals for his country. Qadir at ICC World Cup Hall of Fame, who is often credited with revolutionizing spin bowling, had a distinct approach to the crease, with an eye-catching hop and leap in his delivery stride.
Qadir concluded his career with 236 Test wickets, ranking third among Pakistan spinners, and 132 ODI wickets, appearing in 171 international matches across all formats. He is also noted for influencing future generations of spinners throughout the globe at the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame, with Australia icon Shane Warne recalls seeing Qadir on television in the 1980s and looking up to him.
Usman Qadir, who presently plays for Pakistan, said the award would have made his late father extremely pleased. “On behalf of the family, I’d like to thank the International Cricket Council for proposing my father for admission into the Hall of Fame at the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame,” Usman Qadir said.
“It is a great honor for the family to receive this news; we consider it as a significant accomplishment that my father would be extremely proud of if he were still with us today.”
Edwards’ honors list is as spectacular, with the Englishwoman amassing an individual record as a top-order batter and effective leader that outperforms the majority of her peers at the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame. At the time of her retirement in 2016, Edwards was the highest women’s run-scorer in both ODI and T20 cricket history, and the 42-year-old remains England’s record run-scorer in both ODIs and T20Is.
Her career totals of 5992 runs at an average of 38.16 in 191 ODIs and 2605 runs at an average of 32.97 in 95 T20Is are excellent, and her 1676 runs at an average of 44.10 in Test cricket just add to her already strong CV at the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame. But maybe Edwards’ most impressive performance throughout her playing career occurred in 2009, when she led England to three major medals in six months.
Edwards led England to victory in the 50-over ICC World Cup Hall of Fame in Australia at the start of the year, followed by victory in the World Twenty20 on home soil. To top it all off, Edwards led England to an Ashes defence later that summer, one of five times she was part of an England squad that won or retained the Ashes throughout her career.
Edwards was overjoyed to learn that he had been recognized by the ICC. “I’d want to thank the ICC for honoring my career,” Edwards stated. “It is a tremendous honor to be admitted into the ICC Hall of Fame among the extremely distinguished group that has previously been recognized. “I’d want to thank and celebrate with my family and friends, my teammates, and all of the coaches who have helped me along the way.
“I enjoyed every minute of my international career and am overjoyed to be elected into the ICC Hall of Fame.”
Chanderpaul played international cricket for a longer period of time than Edwards, and the West Indies legend undoubtedly accomplished enough throughout his 21-year career to merit induction into the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame. The Guyanese hitter amassed 11867 Test runs, struck 30 Test hundreds, and averaged more over 50, ending with 51.37.
The pint-sized left-hander excelled not just in the longest version of the game, but also in the 50-over game, with a total of 8778 runs coming at an average of 41.60 and a strike rate of 70.74. Chanderpaul was well-known for his odd batting posture at the wicket, with his peculiar approach that saw him face the bowler practically square on, creating issues for some of the world’s top bowlers.
Only Brian Lara has scored more runs or achieved a century for West Indies than his long-time partner, demonstrating how excellent a player Chanderpaul was. It was a wonderful honor for Chanderpaul to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, he remarked at the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame. “It’s an incredible honor to follow in the footsteps of so many legends and great cricketers from the past,” Chanderpaul said.
“I’m thankful for the honor and want to share it with my family at the ICC World Cup Hall of Fame, friends, and, most importantly, the West Indies cricket fans and supporters all over the globe who have fiercely supported me during my career.”
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