Brian Lara has accepted Honorary Life Membership of MCC from Steve Waugh during the England v Australia Investec Ashes Series Test Match at Lord's.
Lara’s invitation acknowledges his exceptional contribution to the game, which includes representing the West Indies in 131 Tests and 299 One Day Internationals, scoring over 22,000 international runs.
He becomes the 31st West Indian to receive the honour, joining the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Viv Richards in MCC’s ranks.
MCC President Mike Griffith said: "Brian Lara was a true great of the game who re-wrote the record books with his incredible scoring feats.
"MCC is delighted that Brian has joined the Club, it was lovely to see him at Lord’s today and I very much look forward to welcoming him back to the Ground in the future."
Honorary Life Membership is awarded by the MCC Committee to individuals in recognition of the service they have given to the cricket and projects surrounding the game, often over a very long period.
There are now more than 300 Honorary Life Members of MCC out of a total Full Membership of 18,000.