The ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) today announced that Alan Davidson, Curtly Ambrose and Belinda Clark will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame this evening at the LG ICC Awards 2011
Fast bowlers Davidson and Ambrose along with the late Frederick Spofforth of Australia were named to join the 63 male members of the Hall of Fame while Australia's Clark becomes the second woman to be inducted.
Davidson, Ambrose and Clark will attend the LG ICC Awards this evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel and will be inducted by FICA President Jimmy Adams and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Clive Lloyd.
The late Frederick Spofforth of Australia will be inducted later next year in a ceremony involving the former fast bowler's family.
The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a joint venture with FICA set up in 2009, the ICC's Centenary year.
The trio of Clark, Ambrose and Davidson attended a special Hall of Fame brunch on Monday morning to celebrate their inductions.
Belinda Clark captained Australia's women to five World Cup victories in her time at the helm, losing just 17 matches in her 101 games in charge, Clark still holds the record in the women's game for the most amount of matches as captain.
Clark averaged over 50 runs in the 15 Test matches she played for her country while she averaged 40 in the 118 ODIs she played for Australia.
Clark was the first player (male or female) to score a double-century in ODI cricket when she scored 229 against Denmark in Mumbai in 1997, predating India's Sachin Tendulkar who became the first male to make a double-century in the game in February 2010. Since her retirement in 2005 nobody managed to surpass her record of 4844 ODI runs.
Clark said of her induction: "It is a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and it has been an amazing five years for women's cricket globally. Recognition of female players in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a great initiative and I am proud to join Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, to become the second female inductee, on a long list of outstanding cricketers.
"It means a lot to be recognised by the international organization and I am very proud to be included.?
West Indies Curtly Ambrose was the most lethal pace bowler of his generation, taking 405 Test wickets at 20.99. Two of his most noticeable performances came against England and Australia - he took 6-24 to help hustle England out for 46 in Trinidad in 1993 while he took a series- clinching seven wickets for 25 runs, including nine maiden overs, against Australia at the WACA in the previous season.
Ambrose featured in 176 ODIs, claiming 225 wickets at an average of 24.12 and said: "Well for me personally it is a privilege and an honour to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. In the history of cricket there have been many great cricketers and to be part of that elite group, am very happy and am very humbled.?
The Antigua born fast bowler believes the induction into the Hall Of Fame is a reward for all the hard work he has out in over the years.
"I never thought that this day would come. This only tells me that all the hard work I put in throughout my career, did not go unnoticed. I see this also as a just reward for all the joy and happiness that I may have brought to cricket and cricketers alike,? added Ambrose.
Australia's Alan Davidson took 186 Test wickets and scored 1328 Test runs in his 44 appearances for his country between 1953 and 1963. During the last five years of his career, he took 170 Test wickets at 19.25 in 32 Tests, only four of which were lost. After his departure, Australia struggled, winning only one Test series in four years.
In Australia's 1960-61 home series against West Indies, in the first tied Test in Brisbane, he became the first player to take 10 wickets and accumulate more than a hundred runs in a match despite a broken finger on his bowling hand.
A delighted 82-year-old Davidson at the special Hall of Fame brunch said: "Since being selected for the first time for my country. This is an amazing recognition and I am proud of it. My whole dream since I was nine years old was to play for Australia. It was most extraordinary feeling. This is an acknowledgment of my career, so this is equally as great.?
"I think the great thing was that I got to play the best in the world over my career. I was fortunate to tour England three times, India and Pakistan twice. West Indies, South Africa as well. I toured all nations of the world at the time, took on the best in the world. My performances were also an acknowledgment of the players that I played against," recalled Davidson.
*ICC Cricket Hall of Fame - initial inductees (55):
Sydney Barnes, Bishan Bedi, Alec Bedser, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Denis Compton, Colin Cowdrey, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Lance Gibbs, Graham Gooch, David Gower, WG Grace, Tom Graveney, Gordon Greenidge, Richard Hadlee, Walter Hammond, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Jack Hobbs, Michael Holding, Leonard Hutton, Rohan Kanhai, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Jim Laker, Harold Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Clive Lloyd, Hanif Mohammad, Rodney Marsh, Malcolm Marshall, Peter May, Javed Miandad, Keith Miller, Bill O'Reilly, Graeme Pollock, Wilfred Rhodes, Barry Richards, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Brian Statham, Fred Trueman, Derek Underwood, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Woolley, Frank Worrell.
Herbert Sutcliffe, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Victor Trumper, Clarrie Grimmett.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Ken Barrington, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner.
Belinda Clark, Frederick Spofforth, Curtly Ambrose, Alan Davidson.