West Indies legend Sir Wesley Hall is the latest cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Hall, a former fast bowler who played 48 Tests from 1958-69 and took 192 wickets at 26.38, was acknowledged with the honour at Sabina Park, Jamaica, where he was presented with a commemorative cap from fellow ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, Courtney Walsh, during the lunch break on the opening day of the second cricket Test between the West Indies and Australia.
“I feel privileged and indeed honoured to be given this tremendous award,” said the Barbados great.
Hall is the fourth cricketer this year to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe, who were inducted earlier this year during World Cup.
“I have noted the list and it has some tremendous cricketers – heroes who have made the game what it is today. So I am humbled to be included among these many greats of the game,” he added.
Hall, born on 12 September 1937 in Glebe Land, Station Hill, St Michael, Barbados, was first selected on the 1957 tour of England with only one first-class game to his name but didn’t play any Tests.
He was then chosen for the 1958-59 tours to India and Pakistan and finished with 46 wickets in eight Tests.
After retirement, he become an ordained minister as well as the Minister of Tourism and Sport in the Barbados government.
He also managed West Indies touring sides and in 2001 took over as the President of the West Indies Cricket Board.