Sri Lanka great Jayawardene made MCC honorary life member

The MCC has recognised the "stellar career" of Mahela Jayawardene by awarding the Sri Lanka legend honorary life membership.

Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene has been made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

The MCC, the owner of Lord's cricket ground and the guardian of the laws of cricket, stated that the invitation was in recognition of Jayawardene's stellar 18-year career.

Jayawardene twice etched his name onto the Lord's honours board after making centuries against England in 2002 and 2006, and scored 11,814 runs at an average of 49.84 during a 149-Test career.

The 38-year-old, who also captained his country 186 times in all formats of the game, is the 14th Sri Lankan to be granted MCC life membership with fellow legends Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan among the list.

"It is an honour to be awarded honorary life membership of MCC," Jayawardene said. "It's a great club and I'm privileged to now be a part of it.

"I've always enjoyed playing at Lord's, and the MCC members have always given me a great reception, so to be given this accolade is extra special.

"The club does brilliant work both in the UK and overseas and I'm delighted to now be a part of it."