Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket © Getty Images
Muralitharan is the all-time leading wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket © Getty Images

Cricket’s all-time leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan is set to become the first Sri Lankan to be inducted in the ICC’s Hall of Fame. Muralitharan, who took record 800 wickets in his Test career, will be joined by late Australian Arthur Morris — a veteran of 46 Tests, late Englishmen George Lohmann — who took 100 wickets in just 16 Tests, and former Australian Women’s cricketer, Karen Rolton — twice winner of ICC Women’s World Cup. All the four individuals were chosen by Hall of Famers and media members. Muralitharan and Rolton will receive caps in person, whereas Lohmann and Morris’ family members will represent the two players. ALSO READ: Muralitharan steps down as AUS bowling consultant: Reports

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated the quartet on this achievement. He said, “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises some of the truly great players from cricket’s long and illustrious history, and this year’s inductees thoroughly deserve to be in this highly prestigious group.”

“Muralitharan has been one of the greats of the modern era. His guile and consistency over the years helped Sri Lanka develop as a very competitive side in both Tests and ODI cricket. We have in the list some very famous names of different eras. Lohmann and Morris were outstanding performers during their times and are part of cricket folk-lore, while Rolton’s performances have been recent and came during an era when women’s cricket became very competitive,” quoted ICC.

With 800 wickets in Tests and 534 wickets in ODIs, Muralitharan is the most successful bowler of all time. He is currently working as a advisor to Australian cricket team for their tour of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Cricket had earlier this week lodged a complaint against him to Cricket Australia, citing misbehaviour on his behalf ahead the first Test.