As part of a refurbishment at Lord’s ahead of the 2019 season, new honours boards celebrating centuries and five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket have been installed in both the home and away dressing rooms.
Previously, only landmarks from Test cricket were recorded. As there has never been a women’s Test match at the Home of Cricket, it means this is the first time that names from the women’s game have adorned the Lord’s honours boards.
From the men’s game, a host of high profile names make it onto the honours board for the first time. Michael Atherton, Ricky Ponting and Muttiah Muralitharan are just some of the players whose names will be on the new boards for their achievements in ODI cricket.
In a statement announcing the news, Guy Lavender, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, said: “We are delighted to now be able to recognise the same achievements for ODIs as we have done for Test matches for many years. This is a landmark moment for Lord’s, with women’s cricket now documented in the dressing rooms for the first time.”
The announcement comes shortly after the news that Middlesex Women will play their first ever inter-county fixture on the main Lord’s pitch later this year. Despite being founded in the 18th century, the MCC, who own Lord’s, only accepted female members for the first time as recently as 1998.