Top 10 Speakers From The Cricket Hall Of Fame
Whether they are discussing their successful sporting careers or bestowing upon their audience the "winning mindset", legendary cricket speakers resonate with event guests. Their anecdotes are both witty and thought-provoking, while their down to earth personalities connect with audiences.
Take a look at some of the best cricket speakers from the hall of fame who, when booked for events, can leave a lasting positive impression on audiences.
1. Barry Richards
Former South-African First Class cricket player, Barry Richards, has enjoyed a greatly influential career on the pitch. Spanning three decades, he has been described as "one of the finest talents of the 20th century" and won the 1969 Wisden Cricketer of the Year award. With a total of 508 runs and a 72.57 average during his senior career, Barry's speeches reveal the secrets to the winning mindset.
2. Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd CBE is a legendary West Indian former captain and one of the best cricket speakers on the circuit. Having captained his country for over 10 years, Clive's knowledge of high performance teams led them to success time and time again. While at the peak of his career as their captain, he is credited for the team's 27-match long unbeaten streak. For corporate audiences, a top cricket speaker like Clive holds the key to optimum business team performance.
3. Geoffrey Boycott
Nicknamed the Greatest Living Yorkshireman, Geoffrey Boycott OBE's Test cricket career went down in history for its string of successful openers. Having scored over 150 First Class hundreds and 105 Test matches for England, the commentator is a surefire success at events, where he shares his incredible story. Geoff averaged over 100 in a season, the mark of a truly pioneering cricketer and inspiring speaker.
4. Graham Gooch
One of the most popular cricket club speakers available to book, Graham Gooch is an inductee into the ICC Hall of Fame. As England's 4th most capped Test player of all time, his insight at events is greatly respected for its winning strategies. Armed with a whole host of anecdotes from on and off of the pitch, audiences are captivated by this icon of the sport.
5. Jeff Thomson
Jeff Thomson is regarded as "one of the fastest bowlers of all time", a title not taken lightly in the world of cricket. A formidable cricketer, his calculated eye and 100 miles per hour bowl struck fear into the hearts of his opponents. For audiences, Jeff reveals the secrets to staying calm under pressure, which allowed him to dominate the sport.
6. Michael Holding
Legendary bowler, Michael Holding, was nicknamed the Whispering Death for his silent yet accurate bowling style. Smooth, speedy and reliably successful, he quickly nurtured the ability to perform at a high standard consistently, a skill that he instills in his audience as a speaker. Now a popular commentator, the international cricketer and World Series Cricket star has a wealth of thrilling stories to tell as a cricket after dinner speaker.
7. Shane Warne
Shane Warne, otherwise known as the "greatest spinner of all time", took over wickets in International cricket, reflecting his standard-setting performances. As a First Class player, his performance at the 1993 Ashes Tour of England resulted in the "ball of the century", while later series earned Shane the title of Man of the Series. As a speaker, he inspires audiences to achieve their own potential, through his story of success.
8. Charlotte Edwards
One of the world's most successful female cricketers, Charlotte Edwards MBE is breaking sporting records and breaking stereotypes with every match. Winner of the 2008 ICC Women’s Player of the Year and 2014 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, she held the record for the most One Day International appearances for England, a reflection of Charlotte's sporting success. When booked for events, she uses her story of overcoming personal and professional hurdles to leave a lasting impression on her audience.
9. Garfield Sobers
Widely regarded as one of the best all-rounders in cricket history, Sir Garfield Sobers is a legendary figure within the sport. Over the two decades that he played for the West Indies, including a period as their Captain, Garfield ensured the success of the international team - he was even named the 1958 West Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in celebration of his influence. A true star of the sport, audiences are awe-inspired by Garfield and his anecdotes from the forefront of cricket.
10. Ian Botham
Ian Botham is the former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, currently commentating as the Chairman of Durham CCC. Regarded as the greatest all-rounder in England's history, he has witnessed first hand the highs and lows of modern cricket, making for a truly spectacular after dinner speech at events. Winner of the Young Cricketer of the Year and the Wisden Cricketer of the Year, the advocate for good causes is the ideal host for charity events.