Cape Town - Former
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was on Wednesday formally inducted into the ICC
Cricket Hall of Fame.
To mark the occasion, Ponting received his commemorative
cap from compatriot ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Glenn McGrath during the tea
break on the opening day of the third Test against India in Melbourne.
named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with former India captain Rahul
Dravid and England woman wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor during the ICC
Annual Conference in Dublin in July, which Ponting could not attend.
after receiving the cap, said: “It’s an incredible feeling, I think for it
to happen here at the MCG is what makes the whole thing a little bit more
special. I found out today I am one of 25 Australians to be inducted. When you
play one Test for Australia, you join a very elite group of players but now to
part of the ICC Hall of Fame, you join an even more elite group of cricketers,
so it’s a pretty special day today.
“I have lots
of great memories with Glenn. I went to the cricket academy with Glenn in about
1990, so I have known Glenn for a long time. It’s a really cool thing that they
do to have a fellow inductee actually hand over your cap and induct you in, so
to have someone like Glenn do it, with whom I’m working with now and have
played with for 10 or 12 years, makes the whole thing a little bit better.
recognition. I thank the ICC for what they have done in making this possible.
To be here in the MCG with 75 000 people, it makes it an awesome day.”
three-time ICC Cricket World Cup winner including two times as captain, is the
25th Australia cricketer to be formally inducted into the ICC
Cricket Hall of Fame.
The 44-year-old retired from international cricket in
2012 after scoring 13 378 runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries, 13 704 runs in
375 ODIs with 30 centuries and 401 runs in 17 T20Is with two half-centuries.
named the ICC Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 while also being named the
ICC Test Player of the Year in 2006.
While there are 25 Australians in the ICC Hall of Fame, there are only two South Africans: Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards.
list of the ICC Cricket Hall of Famers is available HERE