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Harbhajan Singh was awarded MCC life membership

"Once approved by the MCC Committee, letters of invitation are sent to the individual to accept. There is no set number per year. Nominees can accept and be granted the honour at any time," the statement added.

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India’s Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath have been among 18 cricketers who were awarded life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

The MCC is the custodian of cricket laws, which is based at Lord’s.

England’s leading Test run-scorer Alastair Cook, is joined by fellow countrymen Ian Bell and Marcus Trescothick, totalling more than 39,000 international runs between them.

A fourth England star, Sarah Taylor, returned to the field this year, appearing in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Charlotte Edwards Cup and The Hundred, and is recognised as one of the finest wicket-keepers of her generation.

Four South African legends have been awarded honorary life membership, with Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel all receiving the honour.

Kallis’s 13,289 Test runs put him third on the all-time run-scoring list.

Woman batter Alex Blackwell and the stylish Damien Martyn of Australia are also included.

Ian Bishop, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan all represent West Indies.

Bishop took 161 wickets in just 43 matches, while Chanderpaul is West Indies’ most-capped Test player and only seven players have scored more than his 11,867 runs.

Sarwan racked up 15 Test centuries, and his 291 against England in 2009 equalled the highest individual score by a West Indian on English soil by Sir Viv Richards in 1976.

Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka took 433 Test wickets in a career spanning almost two decades and features in the top ten of all-time wicket-takers.

Sara McGlashan is a sole New Zealander on the list, appearing over 200 times for the White Ferns over the course of a 14-year career and Zimbabwean allrounder Grant Flower has been recognised for his 10,000 international runs in 288 matches.

“Once approved by the MCC Committee, letters of invitation are sent to the individual to accept. There is no set number per year. Nominees can accept and be granted the honour at any time,” the statement added.

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