Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has passed.
He was the last of the famous Three Ws — which included his other illustrious team-mates Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has paid tribute to the Windies batting icon who died at his home in Barbados.
“He had an amazing legacy as a great cricketer and great human being. He was one of the most humble and decent persons you would have ever met. I want to take this opportunity to publicly express our deepest sympathy to the family of this remarkable gentleman, who passed away earlier today,” said Ricky Skerritt, President of CWI.
West Indies and Barbados Cricket Association president Conde Riley have expressed sadness at the news.
“Sir Everton was one of our greats. He has a massive contribution to Barbados and West Indies cricket. This is a sad time for cricket. We have lost a legend,” said Riley.
Sir Everton, at one stage in his career, scored five successive Test centuries.
His Test average of 58.61 is one of the highest in all cricket.
In 48 Test matches, he scored 4455 runs at an average of 58.61 with 15 hundred.
He is a true icon of the game and is respected everywhere cricket is played or spoken about all around the world. As a batsman, he was full of class and had an outstanding career. He has contributed immensely to this great game and is a true West Indies hero. “We want to wish him a happy 95th birthday”, CWI said in February to celebrate his birthday this year.
In his response back then, Sir Everton said, “I want to thank CWI and the people in cricket for their kind words and well-wishes. I played my cricket for the people, and it is very good to know they respected me. I hope I made people happy with the way I played.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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