List of cricketers who were knighted

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This is a list of cricketers who were also knighted.[1] 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.

A separate list shows Test cricketers who hold or have held other notable titles, including baronetcies and Indian princely titles.

Knighted for services to cricket[edit]

This section includes all administrators, coaches, cricketers and umpires who were knighted for their services to the game.

Australia[edit]

  1. Sir Donald George Bradman AC (1908–2001), knighted in 1949 for services to cricket.

England[edit]

  1. 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.
  2. Sir Frederick Charles Toone (1868–1930), knighted in 1929 for services to cricket.
  3. Sir Pelham Francis "Plum" Warner MBE (born in Trinidad; 1873-1963), knighted in 1937 for services to cricket.
  4. Sir John Berry "Jack" Hobbs (1882–1963), knighted in 1953 for services to cricket.
  5. Sir Henry Dudley Gresham "Shrimp" Leveson-Gower (1873–1954), knighted in 1953 for services to cricket.
  6. Sir Leonard "Len" Hutton (1916–1990), knighted in 1956 for services to cricket.
  7. Sir John Frederick Neville Cardus CBE (1888–1975), knighted in 1967 for services to music and cricket journalism. Did not play first-class cricket.
  8. Sir George Oswald Browning "Gubby" Allen CBE (born in Australia; 1902–1989), knighted for services to cricket in 1986.
  9. The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge CBE (1932–2000), knighted in 1992 for services to cricket.
  10. Sir Alec Victor Bedser CBE (1918–2010), knighted in 1996 for services to cricket.
  11. Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE (born 24 November 1955), knighted in 2007 for services to charity and to cricket.
  12. Sir Alastair Nathan Cook CBE (born 25 December 1984), knighted in 2019 for services to cricket.
  13. Sir Geoffrey Boycott OBE (born 21 October 1940), knighted in 2019 for services to sport.
  14. Sir Andrew John Strauss OBE (born 2 March 1977), knighted in 2019 for services to sport.

New Zealand[edit]

  1. Sir Richard John Hadlee MBE (born 3 July 1951), knighted in 1990 for services to cricket.

West Indies[edit]

  1. Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell (born in Barbados; 1924–1967), knighted for services to cricket in 1964.
  2. Sir Garfield St Aubrun "Garry" Sobers AO OCC (born in Barbados; 28 July 1936), knighted in 1975 for services to cricket.
  3. 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.
  4. Sir Everton de Courcy Weekes KCMG GCM OBE (born in Barbados on 26 February 1925), in 1995 for services to cricket.
  5. Sir Conrad Cleophas Hunte KA, created a Knight of St. Andrew of the Order of Barbados for services to cricket in 1998.
  6. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander "Viv" Richards KNH OBE, created a Knight of the Order of the National Hero in 1999 by the Antiguan government.[2]
  7. Reverend Sir Wesley Winfield Hall (born in Barbados; 12 September 1937), knighted for services to cricket and the community in 2012.
  8. Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose, knighted by the Antiguan government on 28 February 2014 for services to cricket.
  9. Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton "Andy" Roberts, knighted by the Antiguan government on 28 February 2014 for services to cricket.
  10. Sir Richard Benjamin "Richie" Richardson, knighted by the Antiguan government on 28 February 2014 for services to cricket.
  11. Sir Charles Christopher Griffith, KA, created a Knight of St. Andrew of the Order of Barbados for services to cricket in 2017.
  12. Sir Clive Hubert Lloyd CBE, knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours List for services to cricket.
  13. 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[edit]

This list only includes Test cricketers; there are many others who played cricket at a variety of other levels, from school cricket to first-class cricket.

England[edit]

India[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

South Africa[edit]

West Indies[edit]

Other titles[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dawson and Wat, p. 78.
  2. ^ "Antiguan government bestows knighthood on Vivian Richards (4 January 1999)". ESPNcricinfo. 1999-01-04. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  3. ^ a b Harte and Whimpress, p. 358.
  4. ^ "England stars thrilled by honours". BBC News. 31 December 2005.

References[edit]

  • 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