Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook © Getty Images
Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook © Getty Images

Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad along with former English footballer Alan Shearer are set to lead the sporting honourees in the Queen’s Birthday list. Cook will receive Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). This is coming five years after Cook was awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his performance in the 2010-11 Ashes series victory in Australia. Last month the 31-year-old Cook became the youngest player to reach 10,000 Test runs and the first Englishman to do so. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 3rd Test match at Lord’s

According to a report in SkySports, England’s Test skipper has suggested the honour to be a great deal for him. “Receiving this kind of honour means a great deal to me and it’s also a hugely proud moment for me and my family. I also see this as recognition for my team-mates, my coaches and family and friends who have all helped me in my England career over the last 10 years – and, of course, the England fans who have always given me such fantastic support at home and abroad,” Cook added.

Similarly, Broad, who recently had dropped to No. 3 in ICC Rankings of Test bowlers, will receive MBE for his services for English cricket. He held the top spot in the Test bowlers’ rankings until recently before his teammate James Anderson replaced him as the top Test bowler. He took 8-15 during the fourth Test of last summer’s Ashes series, one of the finest individual contributions to that series victory.

The fast bowler said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be recognised in this way. I’m obviously delighted and very proud. It is a lovely moment for my family too. My parents will be delighted after guiding me into cricket and instilling me with a love of the game from an early age. Cricket has been a constant part of my life ever since and I would like to dedicate this honour to all the people that have supported me at different stages of my career. They’ve all helped me fulfil my dream of playing cricket for my country.”