The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday inducted Jacques Kallis, Lisa Sthalekar and Zaheer Abbas into the hall of fame. The trio have recorded illustrious career and helped their respective sides reach new heights during the span of their playing careers. The announcement of the newly inducted crickets came during a show live streamed by the global governing council in its various social media channels.
During the announcement, the legends, shared their feelings on being bestowed with the honour and reminisced about their playing days. The official media release said that Kallis is the fourth South African player inducted and Zaheer the sixth from Pakistan. Lisa is the 27th from Australia and the ninth woman player in the list, which includes five from Australia.
There have been a total of 93 players inducted into the Hall of Fame which gives an eligibility to retired players after five years from playing their last international match.
“It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. It is something that I never expected when I started playing. I certainly did not play the game for any accolades or anything like that, I only wanted to win the games for whoever I was playing for,” Kallis said.
“I am deeply humbled to receive this honour. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players,” Sthalekar mentioned.
“I feel privileged and truly humbled to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame of the class of 2020. I am excited to be in the midst of other illustrious cricketers,” Abbas commented.
The official show to honour the legends was hosted by commentator Alan Wilkins, featured retired greats Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the main guests and had Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy join in to congratulate and appreciate the 2020 inductees.