List of cricketers who were knighted
This is a list of cricketers who were also knighted. The list is divided into two categories: one for those (22 players) who were knighted for their services to cricket, and one for Test cricketers (8 players) who were knighted for other reasons.
Knighted for services to cricket
This section includes all administrators, coaches, cricketers and umpires who were knighted for their services to the game.
- Sir Francis Eden Lacey (1859–1946), the first person to be knighted (1926) for services to cricket, or indeed any sport; these included his role as the Secretary of the MCC from 1898 to 1926.
- Sir Frederick Charles Toone (1868–1930), knighted in 1929 for services to cricket.
- Sir Pelham Francis "Plum" Warner MBE (born in Trinidad; 1873-1963), knighted in 1937 for services to cricket.
- Sir John Berry "Jack" Hobbs (1882–1963), knighted in 1953 for services to cricket.
- Sir Henry Dudley Gresham "Shrimp" Leveson-Gower (1873–1954), knighted in 1953 for services to cricket.
- Sir Leonard "Len" Hutton (1916–1990), knighted in 1956 for services to cricket.
- Sir John Frederick Neville Cardus CBE (1888–1975), knighted in 1967 for services to music and cricket journalism. Did not play first-class cricket.
- Sir George Oswald Browning "Gubby" Allen CBE (born in Australia; 1902–1989), knighted for services to cricket in 1986.
- The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge CBE (1932–2000), knighted in 1992 for services to cricket.
- Sir Alec Victor Bedser CBE (1918–2010), knighted in 1996 for services to cricket.
- Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE (born 24 November 1955), knighted in 2007 for services to charity and to cricket.
- Sir Alastair Nathan Cook CBE (born 25 December 1984), knighted in 2019 for services to cricket.
- Sir Geoffrey Boycott OBE (born 21 October 1940), knighted in 2019 for services to sport.
- Sir Andrew John Strauss OBE (born 2 March 1977), knighted in 2019 for services to sport.
- Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell (born in Barbados; 1924–1967), knighted for services to cricket in 1964.
- Sir Garfield St Aubrun "Garry" Sobers AO OCC (born in Barbados; 28 July 1936), knighted in 1975 for services to cricket.
- Sir Clyde Leopold Walcott KA GCM OBE (born in Barbados; 1926–2006), created a Knight of St. Andrew of the Order of Barbados in 1993 for services to cricket.
- Sir Everton de Courcy Weekes KCMG GCM OBE (born in Barbados on 26 February 1925), in 1995 for services to cricket.
- Sir Conrad Cleophas Hunte KA, created a Knight of St. Andrew of the Order of Barbados for services to cricket in 1998.
- Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander "Viv" Richards KNH OBE, created a Knight of the Order of the National Hero in 1999 by the Antiguan government.
- Reverend Sir Wesley Winfield Hall (born in Barbados; 12 September 1937), knighted for services to cricket and the community in 2012.
- Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose, knighted by the Antiguan government on 28 February 2014 for services to cricket.
- Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton "Andy" Roberts, knighted by the Antiguan government on 28 February 2014 for services to cricket.
- Sir Richard Benjamin "Richie" Richardson, knighted by the Antiguan government on 28 February 2014 for services to cricket.
- Sir Charles Christopher Griffith, KA, created a Knight of St. Andrew of the Order of Barbados for services to cricket in 2017.
- Sir Clive Hubert Lloyd CBE, knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours List for services to cricket.
- Sir Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge KCMG MBE, created a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the 2020 New Years Honours List for services to cricket and the development of sport.
Knighted for other reasons
- Sir Francis Stanley Jackson GCSI GCIE KStJ (1870–1947), created Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1927, after becoming Governor of Bengal. Made a Knight of Justice of the Venerable Order of Saint John and Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India in 1932 after an assassination attempt.
- Sir Charles Aubrey Smith CBE (1863–1948), knighted in 1944 for services to Anglo-American amity.
- The Maharajkumar of Vizianagram (1905–1965), knighted in 1936 by King Edward VIII. Renounced his knighthood in 1947 after India gained independence.
- Sir Jack Newman (1902–1996), created Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 for services to the transportation industry.
- Sir Murray Bisset (1876–1931), knighted in 1928 for services to the Commonwealth after serving as Acting Governor of Southern Rhodesia.
- Sir William Henry Milton (born in England; 1854–1930), knighted for his service as Administrator of Mashonaland and later as Administrator of Southern Rhodesia.
- The Lord Constantine MBE (born in Trinidad; 1901-1971), knighted in 1962, primarily for his work as a lawyer, politician and diplomat.
- Bill Woodfull was offered a knighthood in 1934 for services to cricket, but turned it down, making Donald Bradman the only Australian cricketer to be knighted. He later received an OBE for services to education.
- George Harris and Martin Hawke both inherited hereditary peerages, becoming the 4th Baron Harris and the 7th Baron Hawke respectively.
- Learie Constantine and Colin Cowdrey both received life peerages, becoming Baron Constantine and Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge respectively.
- David Sheppard, later Bishop of Liverpool, received a life peerage in 1997 for services to the church, becoming Baron Sheppard of Liverpool.
- Tim O'Brien inherited his father's baronetcy, becoming Sir Tim O'Brien, 3rd Baronet, of Merrion Square and Boris-in-Ossory, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom.
- Rachael Heyhoe Flint received a life peerage in 2011, becoming Baroness Heyhoe Flint, of Wolverhampton in the County of West Midlands.
- Five other Test cricketers had Indian princely titles: Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja, Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar (England; commonly known as "Ranji"); Iftikhar Ali Khan, the 8th Nawab of Pataudi (England and India; commonly known as the Nawab of Pataudi Snr); his son, Mansoor Ali Khan, the 9th and last Nawab of Pataudi (India; commonly known as the Nawab of Pataudi Jnr); Sir Vijayananda Gajapathi Raju, the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram (India; commonly known as "Vizzy"): and Yadavindra Singh, the Yuvraj of Patiala (India; commonly known as the Yuvraj of Patiala, became Maharaja of Patiala in 1938 after his only Test appearance).
- Notably, in 2005, the entire English team that played in the 2005 Ashes series were awarded MBEs for regaining the Ashes, with captain Michael Vaughan and coach Duncan Fletcher (who also played for Zimbabwe) being awarded OBEs.
- Dawson and Wat, p. 78.
- "Antiguan government bestows knighthood on Vivian Richards (4 January 1999)". ESPNcricinfo. 1999-01-04. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
- Harte and Whimpress, p. 358.
- "England stars thrilled by honours". BBC News. 31 December 2005.
- Dawson, Graham; Wat, Charlie (1998). Test Cricket Lists – The Ultimate Guide to International Cricket (Fourth Edition). Noble Park, Victoria: The Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-089-9.
- Harte, Chris; Whimpress, Bernard (2003). The Penguin History of Australian Cricket. Camberwell, Victoria: Penguin Books Australia. ISBN 0-670-04133-5.
- Cricketing Knights