MCC has awarded Honorary Life Membership to the two pre-eminent England Women batsmen of the modern era – Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor.
MCC President Phillip Hodson presented both Edwards and Taylor with a MCC cap before the England v. India ODI at Lord’s today.
Hodson said: “In my time as President, few things have given me more pleasure than awarding Honorary Life Membership to two such outstanding cricketers who are a credit to the game.
“Both have made the most of their exceptional talents for England, but they have also been fantastic ambassadors for MCC.
Claire Taylor is the only woman to have been named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year and was attending her first England Women’s match since she retired from international cricket in 2011.
Following the presentation before the start of today's game Talyor said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised in this way by MCC.
"It was a total surprise, but a fantastic one, and I am very proud to have been awarded Honorary Life Membership.
"I’ll look forward now to joining the early morning queues outside the Grace Gates before Test Matches.”
Edwards joins a select group of cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who have been granted Honorary Life Membership during their playing career.
Of Edwards' contribution to MCC, President Phillip Hodson said: "Charlotte has educated hundreds of children in schools and at cricket camps about the Spirit of Cricket, thanks to MCC’s partnership with Chance to Shine, and Claire’s devotion to MCC Out-Matches means dozens of schoolgirls and university students have had the thrill of playing against and learning from one of the world’s best batswomen.”
In May 2012, Edwards was invited to join MCC’s World Cricket committee, under the chairmanship of Mike Brearley. She will attend her first meeting alongside the likes of Steve Waugh, Shaun Pollock and Anil Kumble on 13th-14th August.