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Michael Clarke elected as Honorary Life Member of MCC

Michael Clarke elected as Honorary Life Member of MCC
Michael Clarke announced retirement from all forms of the game in August 2015.
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Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has been elected as the honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Clarke now joins his former teammates Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting in the MCC as the Australian honorary life members.

After the 2015 Ashes, Clarke had retired from the game but he recently returned to playing Twenty20 cricket in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.

Head of Cricket at MCC, John Stephenson expressed that Clarke richly deserves to be an honorary life member.

“Michael has been a fantastic servant to Australian cricket and has a brilliant record in Test match and ODI cricket.

“He joins a long and illustrious list of Australian Honorary Life Members and is very deserving of his place among them.”

Stating it was a great privilege to be an honorary life member of a distinguished club like the MCC, Clarke termed it as a “fantastic honour”.

“This is a fantastic honour and I am delighted to become an MCC Honorary Life Member.

“MCC is the most prestigious cricket club in the world and to be invited to become a Member is a great privilege.

“Lord’s has always been a very special place to play cricket, and I’ve got some great memories of playing there so I’m really looking forward to coming back as a Member of MCC.”

The honorary life memberships are awarded by the MCC Committee to individuals who have served the game of cricket with distinction.

Currently, there are more than 300 such honorary life members while the MCC has a total membership strength of more than 18,000.

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