Sydney - 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.
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.
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.
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
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.