Dubai, July 2 (IANS) The International Cricket Council has condoled the demise of legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes. The 95-year-old breathed his last at the Christ Church home on Wednesday in Barbados.
In a statement, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney remembered Weekes as a top batsman of his era and one whose performances would always be remembered.
“Weekes is a distinguished name in cricket and he was an integral member of one of the best Test sides ever. We all know of the ‘The Three Ws’ that comprised Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Weekes, and the reputation they had during the 1940s and 50s,” Sawhney said.
“His attacking batting contributed in making the West Indies such an attractive side to watch. To be in that team itself was such a big honour, but there were times when Weekes really stood apart with his distinct style. On behalf of everyone at the ICC, I send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
Weekes played 48 Test matches from 1947 to 1958, aggregating 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61. Known to show quick footwork and fluent stroke-play, Weekes slammed 15 centuries, which included a record five in consecutive innings in 1948.
One of those centuries came at home against England and four on a tour of India. He almost got a sixth consecutive century but was unlucky to be run out for 90 at Chennai.
Weekes officiated as an ICC match referee in three Tests and four ODIs, all in 1994.