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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    It is impossible for McGrath to get a knighthood, unless he is planning on renouncing his Australian citizenship and take up British citizenship instead (FYI, there is an Australian law that decrees that no Australian can get a knighthood).
    Fair enough. Don't follow the criteria for it enough to know who counts and who doesn't anymore.

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    So how did Bradman get one then?
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    Knighthoods could be given to any Imperial citizen in the days before the Empire ended and/or before they admitted there wasn't an Empire anymore.

    Hence knighthoods for Sir Gary Sobers or Sir Conrad Hunte and the like but not for McGrath, Waugh or Warne.
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    Who was the last non-citizen to get one? Hadlee? Or was it Richards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
    Who was the last non-citizen to get one? Hadlee? Or was it Richards?
    Looked it up, and its interesting - Hadlee was the last to be knighted by the Queen in 1990, and was the only cricketer to be put forward in the honours list before he had stopped playing. So that kind of dispels my theory.

    Richards wasn't actually knighted until 1999, but by the Antiguan government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Looked it up, and its interesting - Hadlee was the last to be knighted by the Queen in 1990, and was the only cricketer to be put forward in the honours list before he had stopped playing. So that kind of dispels my theory.

    Richards wasn't actually knighted until 1999, but by the Antiguan government.
    That's interesting, thanks for that. I didn't know Richards' knighthood was conferred on him by the Antiguan govt.

    I tried looking at the list of Bharat Ratna awardees (which I assume would be our equivalent of the knighthood), and there hasn't been a single sportsman so far. It almost seems like you have to be a musician or win a Nobel prize to be bestowed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Hence knighthoods for Sir Gary Sobers or Sir Conrad Hunte and the like but not for McGrath, Waugh or Warne.
    Also I don't think that criminals can be given a knighthood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Also I don't think that criminals can be given a knighthood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Sorry for the pedantry but Mark Thatcher doesn't have a knighthood, he's a Baronet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    So how did Bradman get one then?
    Different rules back then iirc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    So how did Bradman get one then?
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    Yeah, the laws governing the stuff have obviously changed since Bradman's day. Up to the Australian government if they want to confer any awards on people now.

    FWIW though, if any living cricketer is worthy of a knighthood for 'services to the game,' then surely, surely it'd have to be Richie Benaud.
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    the australian government switched to their own orders/awards/medals/title/whatever the **** it's called system in the late 70's. pig iron bob/Robert Menzies would have been one of the last to get knighted,

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