Six Barbados greats in ICC Cricket Hall of FameFebruary 27th, 2009 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai,Feb 27 (IANS) Six great West Indian cricketers, all from Barbados, were inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketb Hall of Fame at Kensington Oval.
Garfield Sobers, the three Ws — Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell — Gordon Greenidge and Malcolm Marshall were all honoured at a special ceremony during the tea interval on the first day of the fourth Test between the West Indies and England.
Commemorative caps were presented to the players, family members and representatives by West Indies Cricket Board President (WICB) and International Cricket Council (ICC) director Dr Julian Hunte.
Sobers, the first batsman to reach 8,000 Test runs, said: “I totally enjoyed my playing days and I am thrilled to be honoured here today in my home country.
It was a day of double celebrations for Everton Weekes as the induction ceremony coincided with his 84th birthday.
Weekes, who scored 15 Test hundreds in only 48 matches, said: “I had many great moments playing here at Kensington Oval and I am delighted to be honoured by the ICC at this famous ground.”
Greenidge had a reputation as one of the most destructive opening batsmen in the history of the game and was a part of the West Indies side that won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979.
“I worked hard and enjoyed my time on the cricket field and I am happy to be standing here alongside players such as Sir Everton Weekes and Sir Garfield Sobers and receiving this award,” he said.
With Walcott, Worrell and Marshall all deceased, they were represented by friends and family at the ceremony.
The cap presentation ceremony is a key part of the celebrations to mark the ICC’s centenary year as it acknowledges the greats of the game and the contributions they have made to ensure cricket is a great sport with a great spirit.