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MCC discuss new Honours Board for ODIs

The Lord's Honours Board in the visiting dressing room
The Lord's Honours Board in the visiting dressing room

MCC can confirm that initial plans have been discussed to include a new Honours Board for One-Day International (ODI) cricket in the dressing rooms at Lord’s.

Currently if a player scores a hundred or takes five wickets in an innings of a Test match, their name is then etched onto the famous Honours Board for their achievement to take a lasting place in history at the Home of Cricket.

MCC are now putting plans in place to include the same milestones for both men’s and women’s ODI cricket on the same board.

Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary said: “MCC are looking into an honours board in One-Day International cricket.

"It is appropriate that ODI cricket is commemorated in the same way as Test match cricket, and for both the men’s and the women’s game.”

Despite the full details still to be confirmed, it is likely that many players who have not appeared on the Lord’s Honours Boards in the past for Test matches will now see their names immortalised.

Anya Shrubsole, who led England women to a thrilling victory over India in the ICC Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, would be the most recent addition to appear on a new board after her 6 for 46, but she wouldn’t be the only member of the team to see their names appear.

Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt, who scored 129 and took 5 for 25 respectively against South Africa at Lord’s in 2008, would also follow suit.

Michael Atherton was famously run out for 99 in the Ashes Test against Australia in 1993 but his 127 against West Indies in the ODI of 1995 would qualify him for the new Honours Board.

It is appropriate that ODI cricket is commemorated in the same way as Test match cricket, and for both the men’s and the women’s game

The Windies themselves would have two of their greats appear after two starring performances in the first two ICC Cricket World Cup Finals, with Clive Lloyd’s unbeaten 102 against Australia in 1975, and Joel Garner’s 5 for 38 against England in 1979.

Brett Lee and Muttiah Muralitharan are two other stars who would see their efforts inscribed in history. Former Australian paceman Lee took five wicket-hauls against England in both 2005 and 2009, whilst Muralitharan’s 5 for 34 helped Sri Lanka to victory over England in 1998.

The Honours Boards are among the most popular attractions on the Lord’s Tour, enabling visitors to admire the names and sit in the seats in the dressing rooms.

The Lord’s Tour welcomes thousands of visitors each year from across the globe to go behind the scenes at the Home of Cricket.


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