Cricket Hall of Fame’s Induction Set for
October 1


An impressive line-up of former international cricket stars has been nominated for induction into the Cricket Hall of Fame at a ceremony, which is set for Saturday, October 1, 2005, at the new Marriott Hotel, Adrien’s Landing, downtown Hartford.
They are former batting stars Javed Miandad of Pakistan and Dilip Vengsarkar of India and former West Indies fast bowler, Andy Roberts of Antigua. Joining them will be well-known West Indian cricket writer Anthony Becca of Jamaica.
Miandad, who is known for his fighting qualities on and off the field, had a long career as an international cricketer for Pakistan between 1975-1996. He coached Pakistan in the 2003-2004 season before stepping down. He is regarded as the greatest batsman ever to come from Pakistan. A 100 per cent team man, he was named one of the cricketers of the year by Wisden in 1982.
Vengsarkar burst upon the cricket scene as a talented teenager when he scored a breezy 110 for Bombay against a Rest of India in the Irani trophy match at Nagpur in 1975. Tall and slimly built Vengsarkar was basically an elegant stroke player but on his day – which was often – he could be a tormentor of even the strongest attacks. With Sunil Gavaskar he holds the Indian record for the second wicket in Tests – 344 unbroken against the West Indies at Calcutta in 1978-79. At the time of his retirement in 1992, he was second only to Gavaskar in runs and centuries scored in Tests.
A menacing fast bowler, whose bouncer was regarded as one of the most dangerous, Roberts took less than two and a half years to reach 100 Test wickets, the quickest at that point. The modern West Indian game based on the heavy artillery of fast bowlers, that served so well for a quarter of a century, began with him, one writer said. He varied his pace, often setting batsmen with a slower ball and then pole axing them when they were late on the quickie, the writer added. He was a very intelligent cricketer, who plotted and panned the downfall of batsmen as if it were a military campaign.
Becca, who recently retired as Sports Editor of the Gleaner newspaper, is not only well-known but is one of the most respected writers of the sport throughout the Caribbean region.
As usual, the Cricket Hall of Fame is working hard to produce a program with the same high quality as previous ones. Supporters can be assured that they will once again be treated to a very entertaining, exciting and enlightening program. It is possible that like the last year’s ceremony they may be in for some surprises.
Persons interested in attending the function or need more information are asked to contact the Cricket Hall of Fame at (860) 246-5400, Stan Walker at (860) 243-5314, Mike Chambers at (860) 250-2796 or at email sgwalk@sbcglobal.net.

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