Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has been made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), becoming the 24th Indian cricketer to be bestowed the honor.
About Zaheer khan :
Zaheer Khan (born 7 October 1978) is a former Indian cricketer who was a member of the Indian national cricket team from 2000 till 2014. He also played for Worcestershire in County Cricket and plays for Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils in Indian domestic cricket. He was the second-most successful Indian pace bowler in Test cricket, behind Kapil Dev.
- Khan started his domestic career by playing for Baroda. In the early years of his career, Khan was known for his hostile seam and pace bowling, especially fast inch-perfect yorkers.
- In a bid to improve his bowling, he moved to England for a short stint with Worcestershire in 2006. A left-arm fast-medium bowler, Khan was best known for his ability to “move the ball both ways off the wicket and swing the old ball at some pace”. Khan continues to excel in reverse swing with the old ball.
- He is praised for his performances on flat subcontinent pitches and the controlling of different types of cricket balls. He was one of the key members of the 2011 ODI World Cup winning team, leading the pace attack with 21 wickets in just 9 games.
- In 2011 he was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award by the President of India. Khan’s career is also noted for recurring injuries, which often interrupted his progress at the international level. That is also the reason Zaheer has set up ProSport Fitness & Services, a special rehab & training center in association with Adrian Le Roux and Andrew Leipus.
Zaheer Khan was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2008. Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2015.
About MCC :
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is a cricket club in London, founded in 1787. It owns, and is based at, Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, London NW8. MCC was formerly the governing body of cricket both in England and Wales as well as worldwide.
- In 1993 many of its global functions were transferred to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its English governance passed to the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) at the same time.
- MCC revised the Laws of Cricket in 1788 and continues to reissue them and remains the copyright holder.
- Since its foundation, the club has raised its own teams which are essentially occasional and have never taken part in any formal competition. Depending on the quality of the opposition in any given match, MCC has always had major status: i.e., it is classified as an unofficial first-class team by substantial sources from 1863 to 1894 and classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by itself and the County Championship clubs; It has never played in a List A .
- MCC teams play many matches against minor opposition and, on these occasions, they relinquish major status. Traditionally, to mark the beginning of each English season in April, MCC plays the reigning County Champions at Lord’s, this being a first-class match.
- MCC sides regularly tour overseas to all cricket-playing nations and to developing ones as well, e.g.Afghanistan in 2006, and the club has an extensive fixture list every season throughout Britain, particularly with schools.