ICC to have special Hall of Fame induction ceremony ahead of World Test Championship final
The ICC World Test Championship final will be played from June 18 between India and New Zealand at Southampton. Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council is set to host a special Hall of Fame induction ceremony ahead of the event.
The cricket world will witness an epic clash between India and New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final at Southampton on June 18, with the winner being crowned the king of the longest format. However, that would not be the only thing to watch out for in the build-up.
The International Cricket Council has stated that ten legends of the sport would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a special ceremony. The induction would be unique as it would include a couple of players, each from five different eras, taking the overall HOF toll to 103 players. The ears include Early Cricket Era (before 1918), Inter-War Cricket Era (1918-45), Post-War Cricket Era (1946-70), ODI Era (1971-95) and Modern Cricket Era (1996-2016).
Explaining the induction process, ICC said in a statement: “The ICC’s independent statistician will compile a longlist of ex-players or other significant cricketing figures for each era and will be presented to the Hall of Fame Nominations Committee, together with relevant statistics and brief commentary. The Hall of Fame Nominations Committee subsequently convene to select six names to be shortlisted in each of the five eras noted above.”
“The ICC Hall of Fame Voting Academy, comprising active Hall of Fame members, a FICA representative, prominent cricket journalists and senior ICC figures, vote online to identify their selections for induction in each of the five eras. Results will produce a weighted score, against which the top two individuals in each era will be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. In the event of a tie, the players with the most first choice votes will take priority,” it added.
The induction process would be digitally streamed on ICC’s social media handles on June 13. “It is an honour for us to announce a one-time induction of ten cricketing greats into the ICC Hall of Fame to coincide with the first-ever final of the World Test Championship in Southampton,” said Geoff Allardice, ICC CEO.
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