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Sir Wes into ICC Hall of Fame
West Indies’ former tearaway fast bowler Sir Wesley Hall was yesterday inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, raising the tally of cricketers from the Caribbean to 18 in an illustrious field of 80 players who have been bestowed with the prestigious award to date for their services and contributions to the sport.
Sir Wesley received his commemorative cap from fellow Hall of Famer, Courtney Walsh, during the lunch break on the opening day of the second Test between the West Indies and Australia at the Sabina Park. Sir Wesley is the fourth cricketer this year to be inducted after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe, who were inducted earlier this year.
Commenting on his inclusion, Sir Wesley said: “I feel privileged and indeed honoured to be given this tremendous award. 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.
“Anytime you get these kind of encomiums, it is memorable. It is fantastic to receive the award in the West Indies and in front of adoring fans, which makes it even more special. I have represented the West Indies as a cricketer, as the team manager, and as the President of the WICB, so I will treat this as something I value and will always remember.
“Fast bowling was my hallmark and I enjoyed my moments on the cricket field. I enjoyed representing the people of the West Indies and contributing towards the development of the game and the region. Cricket has been extremely good to me and I was happy to give back to the game. This honour, presented to me by the ICC, is one I will cherish. It is not just for me but for the people of the West Indies.”
Sir Wesley, born on 12 September 1937 in St Michael, Barbados, played 48 Tests from 1958 to 1969 and took 192 wickets, including five wickets in an innings nine times and 10 wickets in a match on one occasion. In 170 first-class matches, Hall claimed 546 wickets at an average of 26.14.
Sir Wesley 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. In the third Test against Pakistan at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore, Hall took the wickets of Mushtaq Mohammad, Nasim-ul-Ghani and Fazal Mahmood to become the first West Indies bowler to claim a hat-trick.
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