Legendary India pacer Jhulan Goswami, England women’s captain Heather Knight and 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan have been inducted in the MCC World Cricket Committee, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced on Monday.
Jhulan, a Padma Shri and Arjuna Awardee, is also considered as one of the fastest bowlers in the women’s game and had represented India in 12 Tests, 204 ODIs, and 68 T20Is between 2002 and 2022, picking 355 wickets across formats, the most by any bowler in women’s international cricket.
She also won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year award in 2007 and rose to number one in the ICC Women’s ODI bowling rankings in January 2016 and was the skipper of the Indian women’s cricket team from 2008 to 2011.
In ODIs, the veteran scalped 255 wickets, a record in women’s international cricket and played for India in five Women’s ODI World Cups – 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022.
Goswami still remains the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Women’s Cricket World Cups with 43 wickets under her name and was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in April this year.
On the other hamd, Heather has led England since 2016 and lifted the Women’s ODI World Cup at Lord’s just after a year after taking on the role.
A finest all-rounder of the game, Knight has been one of the trailblazers for the women’s game in England, amassing more than 5,000 international runs in white-ball cricket, and 705 runs in her ten Test matches.
Coming to Morgan, he led England in both men’s ODI and T20 cricket and also lifted the Men’s ODI World Cup trophy at the end of an unforgettable final against New Zealand in 2019, and was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC earlier this year.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jhulan, Heather and Eoin to the World Cricket committee. These are three players who have excelled at the very top of the international game and their knowledge of how the elite level of cricket works will be an advantage to the committee. It is also important that we are growing the female representation on the committee with the growth that women’s cricket has enjoyed in recent years. Jhulan and Heather join Clare Connor and Suzie Bates who can all offer first-hand insight into the women’s game,” said Mike Gatting, Chair of the MCC World Cricket Committee.
MCC also said former England captain Sir Alastair Cook has stood down from the committee to concentrate on the final years of his playing career.
It added that the WCC will meet on Monday and Tuesday at Lord’s ahead of the second Men’s Ashes Test between England and Australia. Various outputs from the meeting will be communicated after the conclusion of the match.