WHEN THE Cricket annual awards take place on September 15 2012, Brian Lara and Enid Bakewell will be inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution towards the game of cricket in the men's and women's game respectively. It was only a matter of time that one of the greatest players of West Indies cricket, Brian Lara would find a place in the amazing list of cricketers.
As of now there are 68 players in the prestigious list. English, Australian and the West Indian cricketers dominate the list with 25, 17 and 16 cricketers respectively. From the sub continent, there are few players who find their name in the list. A total of 7 cricketers, which includes four from Pakistan and three from India. Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev are the Indians who are inducted in the list. South Africa and New Zealand have two and one cricketer each. In its list of 68 cricketers, two of them are women cricketers, namely Rachael Heyhoe Flint and Belinda Clark. Enid Bakewell would be the third women's name on the list in the upcoming ICC awards.
But, it is understood when players from Australia, England and West Indies have many cricketers in the list, as it it was these three countries that dominated the sport between 1950 to 1980. But, we can expect cricketers from other nations also to be on the list in the near future, as players from around the world also have been achieveing great things in the game. So we may soon also see players such as Arvinda De Silva, and Rahul Dravid, etc., in the list as well.
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