Former 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 honour. “MCC has elected Zaheer Khan as an Honorary Life Member of the Club,” the Club said in a statement.
Zaheer is the second former India international to be elected in recent weeks following Virender Sehwag, who became an Honorary Life Member last month. Zaheer Khan is a former Indian cricketer who was a member of the Indian national cricket team from 2000 till 2014. The list also includes the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, who were inducted in previous years.
Zaheer played 92 Test matches for his country during a successful career, taking 311 wickets at 32.94 runs apiece. The 37-year-old was also a mainstay in the One-Day International side.
Making his debut in 2000, Zaheer took 282 wickets in 200 ODIs at an average of 29.34. He played three Tests at Lord’s, and narrowly missed out on a place on the Lord’s Honours Board when he took 4/79 in the drawn Test match between England and India in 2007.
He also played three ODIs at the Home of Cricket, including the famous NatWest Series Final in 2002. Having retired from international and first class cricket in 2015, Zaheer remains sought after in the IPL after successful spells with Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.