WICB chief hails Hall as stalwart of cricket

Kingston (Jamaica), June 13 (IANS) West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron praised Wes Hall as a stalwart of “cricket and Caribbean life” after the legendary former fast bowler was inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.

Hall, also a former WICB president, chairman of selectors and West Indies team manager, became the 18th West Indies player to be honoured with a Hall of Fame place on Thursday during a ceremony at the lunch interval on the opening of the second Test at Sabina Park here, reports CMC.

“On behalf of the WICB and all supporters of West Indies cricket, I want to offer congratulations to the great Wes Hall on being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. This is a superb honour bestowed on one of the greatest fast bowlers the world has ever seen and one of the finest gentlemen in the game of cricket and Caribbean life,” Cameron said.

“He played the game with mind, body, heart and soul. After his playing days were over he gave back even more to the game and was hands-on at all levels in West Indies cricket. We say a great ‘thank you’ to this great man for what he achieved on the field as well as what he did for West Indies cricket and West Indian people.”

Hall grabbed 192 wickets in 48 Tests between 1958 and 1969, and is perhaps best remembered for bowling the dramatic last over in the historic tied Test in Brisbane in 1960.

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