The Selection Process
Criteria – why players were considered
Players elevated to this category of The International Cricket Hall of Fame have been selected for the following reasons:
- They have been placed in the era where they made their greatest contribution
- Players must have achieved ‘legendary’ status within their era.
(This is the sole criterion for the pre-1894 era).
- They were cricketing pioneers
- They consistently demonstrated more skill than others and thereby directly influenced the development of the game
- Their historical significance will not diminish over time regardless of the game’s evolution
To achieve ‘legendary’ status within their era a player must:
- 1894-1914 – Played in at least 20 Test Matches and/or 30 1st-class matches
- 1915-1977 – Played in at least 20 Test Matches and/or 100 1st-class matches
- 1978-2012 – Played in at least 50 Test matches and/or 100 one-day internationals
The International Cricket Hall of Fame continues to research and review additional players worthy of acknowledgment to be honoured as a ‘Great of the game’.
How come it’s called The International Cricket Hall of Fame but yet it’s called Greats of the Game?
The International Cricket Hall of Fame is the exhibiting institution; Greats of the Game is one part of one exhibition focusing on the best players of all time. We celebrate the game itself in its broadest sense not just those who play it at the elite level.
How is it different to any other cricket hall of fame?
The International Cricket Hall of Fame is a complete visitor experience that answers ‘What is Cricket?’ and ‘Why is it important to billions of people?’ in a deep, lasting, entirely immersive and engaging way. Many other halls of fame are lists or registers of people who have achieved a level of performance or acknowledgment in their chosen field.
Will more people be added and how often?
Yes, players from all eras will be considered for future induction. The initial group of 20 is not supposed to be exhaustive. We envision inducting in more greats of the game every one to two years.
Why did you start with 20 people?
The Reference Panel felt the initial 20 inductees represented enough players from all eras and the test cricket playing nations for The International Cricket Hall of Fame’s initial induction.
How often will the selection panel change? Will it grow in numbers?
No, the reference panel won’t grow any bigger in size. Should a member require replacement, the remaining members and the Bradman Foundation Board would consider a suitable replacement from the international cricket community.
Who chose the selection panel and why?
The Panel was chosen by the Board of the Bradman Foundation and comprises respected and knowledgeable members of the cricket community. The Board felt that it was vital that the Reference Panel was at ‘arms length’ to The International Cricket Hall of Fame so that it could freely make recommendations to the Board.