Janette Brittin inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
Former England cricketer (late) Janette Brittin has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with former Sri Lanka men’s captain Mahela Jayawardene and former South Africa men’s skipper Shaun Pollock on Saturday (November 13). These players will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday ahead of the men’s T20 World Cup 2021 final in Dubai.
Brittin played 27 Tests and 63 ODIs for England and scored 4056 runs including ten centuries. Her 1935 runs from 44 innings is still the most by any batter in Women’s Tests. She was the top-scorer for England when the won the Cricket World Cup in 1993 at Lord’s. She passed away at the age of 58 in 2017 due to cancer.
“The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring and celebrating the greats of our game. Only the very best players are recognized for their contribution to cricket in this way. I would like to congratulate Mahela and Shaun on their induction into this illustrious group and it is a wonderful way to commemorate Janette’s life and career,” said ICC Acting CEO Geoff Allardice.
Brittin had a career spanning 19 years after making her debut in 1979 and she played till 1998. She scored her career-best 167 in her second last Test against Australia in 1998. She played her domestic cricket for Surrey and was awarded MBE in 1999.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the ICC for the incredible honour they have bestowed on Jan by inaugurating her into the Hall of Fame. I along with Jan’s parents Maggie and Kevin are incredibly proud of her and her achievements and this award recognises both the player and the person that she was. You could not wish to meet a more humble or talented player and she always gave 100% whether she played for club, county, or country,” Angela Bainbridge, a friend of Brittin said.
“Jan truly was a wonderful player and a fantastic role model for those that followed her. She would have loved to play in the professional forum that the girls enjoy today and would be proud of how they have all moved the game forward. It is sad that Jan is not able to collect this trophy herself, but her memory will live on.”