Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath get membership of Marylebone Cricket Club: Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and former pacer Javagal Srinath were among 18 cricketers who were awarded honorary life memberships by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday. Let us tell you that the London-based MCC is considered the custodian of cricket rules.

Harbhajan and Srinath have had a stellar international career. Harbhajan has 417 wickets in 103 Tests to his name and he is the third highest wicket-taker in this format of the game among Indians. He has taken more than 700 wickets in all formats of international cricket. At the same time, Srinath is currently the match referee of the elite panel (top level) of the ICC (International Cricket Council). He is one of the great fast bowlers of India. He has taken 315 wickets in ODIs and 236 wickets in Tests.

Players of these countries also got respect

“This year’s list represents eight of the 12 Test-playing nations, including some of the most popular players in the modern game,” the MCC said in a statement. Apart from two players from India, four players each from England and South Africa have been given this honor. This includes three players from West Indies, two from Australia and one each from New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Apart from former captain Alastair Cook, England’s leading run-scorer in Tests, Ian Bell and Marcus Trescothick have received lifetime membership honors. Together these three have scored more than 39,000 runs in international cricket. The fourth name in this list is that of female wicket-keeper batsman Sarah Taylor. South African veterans who have been awarded Honorary Life Membership include Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel.

Women’s batsman Alex Blackwell and artistic batsman Damien Martin are included in this list. Also Ian Bishop, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan are representing West Indies in this. Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath, who took 433 wickets in Test cricket, has also been given an Honorary Life Membership. New Zealand women’s cricketer Sarah McGlashan and Zimbabwean all-rounder Grant Flower are among those receiving the honor of life membership.

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