Dubai, Aug 27 : ICC President David Morgan today paid tribute to the life of Sir Donald Bradman on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.
Morgan said: "His name is a by-word for brilliance; soccer has Pele, cricket has Bradman. No name in cricket conjures up such widespread awe and respect as that of Sir Donald Bradman."
"Even people with just a passing knowledge of the game or in countries where he never played will invariably recognise the name Bradman as a by-word for brilliance. That name says all that is best about the game and it is synonymous with cricket. Soccer has Pele and cricket has Bradman," he said.
"Even now, 60 years after his final Test match and with time to put his achievements into context, his batting average of 99.94 still seems scarcely believable, especially when one compares it to those of the many other players to have graced the game at the highest level," Morgan added.
The ICC President further said that this centenary offers us an opportunity to reflect upon the role the Don played in popularizing the game through his attacking style of batting.
"We should also remember the way he gave back to the game after he finished playing, as a selector and as an administrator with the Australian Cricket Board and the Imperial Cricket Conference," he said.
"Sir Donald's life was a lifetime of service to cricket and his legacy is that our strong sport continues to grow stronger."