Cricketer. Born Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell, he became famous in the 1950s as the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team (1960-1963). He was an exceptional all round player who was noted as a useful left-arm seam bowler. and a right-handed batsman. He was the first of the two batsmen to have been involved in two 500-run partnerships and the First West Indian to carry his bat in a Test inning. Together with Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott, he formed what was known as ‘The Three Ws’ of the WI cricket team, who were considered to be the best group of middle-order batsmen in cricket. His debut Test series was against England during the 1947-48 season. Afterwards he took up residence in Lancashire to play cricket for Radcliffe in the strong Central Lancashire league and to read economics at Manchester University. His chief triumph as West Indies captain was the defeat of England (3 tests to 1, with 1 drawn) in the series played in England, June–August 1963. He retired from playing after that series and sat as a Jamaican Senator. In 1964 he was knighted for his contributions to cricket. He also managed the West Indies team during the 1964–65 visit by Australia, and accompanied them to India in the winter of 1966–67. It was while in India that he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He died at the age of 42, a month after returning to Jamaica. A memorial service was held in his honour in Westminster Abbey, the first time such an honour was granted to a sportsman. Since the 1960–61 series, the Frank Worrell Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Test series between Australia and West Indies. One of the two Halls of Residence at the University of the West Indies (UWI), is named after him and The Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, is a cricket stadium in Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Bio by: Peter Cox
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