You cannot go anywhere in Barbados, and even the Caribbean for that matter, and not feel the passion we have for Cricket. Barbados has always had a renowned reputation for producing stellar cricketers. Historically, Barbadians have played a great role in West Indies cricket as well as internationally. Select from the list to learn more about some of these great players. Let’s exploce The Famous Barbadian Cricketers below.
The Famous Barbadian Cricketers
Desmond Leo Haynes
Born on February 15, 1956, Desmond Haynes is without a doubt one of Barbados, greatest contributions to the West Indies Team. He is known as one of the finest opening batsmen in the history of cricket. Growing up, it was quickly realised that he had tremendous aptitude for the sport. He started playing for the Barbados cricket team in 1976 at a young 20 years, and it was only 2 years later in February 1978 that he had his One Day International debut for the West Indies. This is once of The Famous Barbadian Cricketers.
At this One Day, Haynes batted a notable 148 off 136balls the highest ever score for a One Day International debut and the highest ever score at the Re creation Ground in a One Day International. His records still stand to this day. The 1980s saw him form a formidable partner ship with fe low West Indies opening batsman, Gordon Greenidge.
Cuthbert Gorden Greenidge
Gordon Greenidge was born on May 1, 1951 in Barbados where there was a love, zeal and passion for cricket. He later moved to Reading, UK in 1965 with his parents, and quickly became a middle order batsman for his school, Sutton Secondary School. Admittedly a lousy fielder, in the beginning, Greenidge admits that he was only interested in batting. He realised that he quickly needed to master this side of cricket in order to progress in the game.
He took to running the streets of Southampton past midnight in an effort to get fitter. This certainly paid of, as Greenidge is ranked as one of crickets best fielders in the world. With his increased successes and personal achievements, it soon became quite clear that Gorden Greenidge was Test material. After some speculation on whether he would go on to play for Eng land, or the West Indies. He later chose the West Indies citing the need “to see what cricket was like back home and to try my luck” Between the two of them they made 16 cen tury stands, four in excess of 200 and a combined total of 6482 runs the highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history.
Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell
Sir Frank Worrell is famously known for two notable lifetime achieve ments he was the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team, and he was the only batsman to have been involved in two 500-run partnerships in first-class cricket. Born August 1, 1929, Worrell made his West Indies debut as a player in 1947 to 1948 versus the England team of Gubby Allen, barely missing a century on this debut. Around this period, cricket was always captained by a white man.
Worrell smashed these colour barriers, largely thanks to a campaign run by the then editor of The Nation newspaper in Trinidad, C. L. R. James. Evidence of Worrells humanity and comradery was shown when on February 3 1962, Nari Contractor, the captain of the touring Indian team, received a serious career ending head injury from a bouncer bowled by West Indies fast bowler Charlie Griffith. Worrell was the first player from both sides who volunteered to give blood in a bid to save Nari’s life. This day is remembered by the state of West Bengal in India as Sir Frank Worrell Day, where every year on this day the Cricket Association of Bengal organises a blood donation drive.
Everton DeCourcy Weekes
Born on February 26 1925, Everton Weekes later went on to become one of the great 3Ws, who utterly dominated West Indies Cricket in the 50s. The 3Ws (Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes) all were born within seventeen months of each other, and within one mile of the famed Kens ington Oval. Incidentally, all three Ws were friends.
The term 3Ws was first coined by a British journalist during the 1950West Indian tour of England when the trio certainly made quite an impression. In hon our of this amazing trio, the University of the West Indies in Barbados has a 3Ws Oval, with a 3Ws Monument bearing the bust of the three legends directlyopposite.