Can you spill out your proper name , we want to see who this great cricketer is compared to russel Arnold.
I agree with IBA that Murali will be first Sri Lankan!
Stormy, these guidelines were made with modern nominations. It formally began in 2009 not the 55 were decided upon different criteria and decided between 1999-2003. So you can't use the same criteria for both.
The last time this topic was brought up the on IC the link was provided with voting criteria from their page which is here http://www.icc-cricket.com/hall-of-fame. The author of this article has copied and pasted the voting process page from here into his piece.
The criteria/eligibility get altered from time to time. But really a bit of common sense needs to be applied.
That bowling criteria for example of the 29 bowlers that have a SR less than 50 in Tests only 5 have taken 200 wickets, and its 1/16 in ODIs.
As a Sri Lankan you see no Sri Lankans and think discrimination. Like Zimbabwe has none. But if you look at the numbers of other nations who have been playing cricket a lot longer you will see it's only a small list and will slowly build. NZ has been playing Test cricket since 1930, prior to this yea they only had 2 in the hall of fame and one was a female. India had 3 people (plus Kumble now) since 1932, South Africa only 2 since 1889! Pakistan 5.
When only 3 or so per year a getting inducted and these days they include one female amongst them it will be a very slow process.
It is pretty obvious why in 2015 Martin Crowe was inducted and an exception made. Richard Hadlee was only male for NZ. The fact that Crowe has months to live and the timing of WC jointly hosted by his nation is the reason why. They used number 8 on exceptional circumstances.
His test and FC record is pretty good. Certainly a great for NZ, but very good player by worldwide standards so its not like they inducted some useless mug. At the end of the day though it would be a pretty low person to object and deny a dying man getting inducted! NZ citizens are trying to get him knighted before he leaves also.
With patience and time we will stat seeing Sri Lankans. Murali is a definate. And i think Sangakarra can also be marked down for that in the future. The rest we need to hope get nominated and voted for.
Btw there is 13 Sri Lankans as Honorary MCC members at Lords and only 1 Honorary MCC member at Melbourne which is Arjuna in 2006. The Lords number includes officials also
The moment money and position influenced and interfered by politics, became the lure of sport in , that was the beguinning of the end. Half baked and Pseudo experts occupied positions and were there for the prestige and unjustified perks. The cancer has gripped every fissure of the game and it is no longer sport. It now serves the satisfaction of base desire and appetite.
I think Murali will be there in a couple of years. They usually induct players who retired 5+ years ago? Because Warne got there in 2013 and Kumble 2015.
There was a change of regime and a new govt. was formed and this was
a political decision by the current Minister of sports to correct
corrupt activities in SLC board, in the interest of Cricket in our country and the ICC has no business to warn the minister concerned with a "tall order" that ICC can suspend the SL membership and Mr. Richardson, CEO, ICC should be cautioned to stay within his limits, and not to question a ministerial decision and order.On the face of the earth, SLC is considered a "beggar" as they have no money to pay the players and other commitments. The cricket lovers of SL wants this inquiry and Mr. Richardson can keep off. Worst things happened in Indian BCCI with Mr.Sirinivasan figuring in the conflicts and did Mr.Richarson open his mouth and why step motherly treatment for SL.
This article is nothing but an attempt by Michael Roberts to gain recognition with the new sports authorities.
He could have written about Russel Arnold or Jack Robinson it wouldn't have mattered a hoot to him !
I hope the new people don't fall for this !
We miss you very much putha take care good luck
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Keep the flag flying
Here is a prediction. Kumar and the family will settle down in AUS or ENG and may become the Batting Coach of one of them.
It is noticible the number of SL stars in the IPL but lets not fool ourselves, you need to be impact players to get a contract. The amazing thing is SL are reigning T20 world champs and been in the previous 2 finals.