Bowral – the spiritual home of cricket. It has a nice ring to it according to the Bradman Foundation, which has its sights set firmly on establishing Bradman Museum as the international home of the game.
“I’d call it an evolution, not a revolution of the museum,” Foundation chairman Michael Ball said. The announcement of a $6.5 million federal government grant in February for two new wings will add new marketing appeal for the museum, according to Mr Ball. “What has been decided is the museum will incorporate an International Hall of Fame — a first for cricket,” he said. “It’s a team that not only has Bradman as the first member, but he is also the captain.”
Mr Ball said while neither a selection committee nor the number of inductees for the Hall of Fame was confirmed, one selection was probable. “I think Tendulkar will be in the team.”
Bradman held India’s batting superstar in very high regard, and was quoted as saying that Tendulkar batted more like him than any other player.
The Foundation also wants more matches at the Bradman Oval. On top of their list was securing two games from the Women’s World Cup next year — India versus Pakistan on March 7 and New Zealand versus South Africa on March 12.