New Zealand cricketing great Sir Richard Hadlee has expressed his delight at being named as one of the inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame has been established by the ICC as part of its Centenary Year celebrations during 2009.
Hadlee joins such cricketing legends as WG Grace, Don Bradman, Garfield Sobers and Sunil Gavaskar as one of the initial 55 inductees. He is the only New Zealander named.
Hadlee said he was delighted to be selected as part of this milestone in celebrating cricket’s first 100 years.
"It's an honour to be included in the Hall of Fame alongside so many outstanding cricketers of the past hundred years,” said Hadlee.
“There's a lot of cricket history in that list of names - and it's a great way to celebrate the ICC's maiden ton. I hope there will be a few more New Zealanders on the list in the future too.”