In 2007 renamed after author and politician Aimé Césaire
(1958-1976) An off-spinner who became Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker when he passed Fred Trueman in 1976. He was the first spinner to hold this record. He was extremely economical conceding less than two runs per over in his Test career. His best Test bowling figures were 8-38 against India in 1962.
(1974-1991) A destructive opening batsman. In 1984 he led West Indies to a memorable nine wicket victory smashing 214. In ODIs his average of over 45 is one of the highest in the world. With Desmond Haynes he formed one of the most successful opening pairs. Together they made 16 first wicket century partnerships in Tests and 15 in ODIs, both establishing world records.
(1930-1954) One of the few players to have a batting average over 60 in Test cricket. In his first Test series against England in 1930 he scored 703 runs at an average of 87.87 in 4 matches incl. 4 centuries. His highest Test score of 270* came against England in 1935. In first-class cricket he had a batting average of 69.86 with a best of 344* for Jamaica against Lord Tennyson’s XI in 1932.
(1975-1987) One of the great fast bowlers , he was known as ‘Whispering Death’ because of his light-footed run-up. In the Test against England at The Oval in 1976 he took 14-149 in the match, including 8-92 in the first innings. The 14 wickets included 9 bowled and 3 lbws. Although a moderate batsman he did score six Test fifties.
(1957-1975) A flamboyant stroke-maker with a penchant for the unorthodox. His best Test score of 256 came against India in 1958/59. He set a then world record for the 2nd wicket in first-class cricket of 465* with John Jameson for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire in 1974. He captained West Indies 13 times in Tests. He was West Indies coach between 1992 & 1995.
(1966-1985) A middle-order batsman, he was one of West Indies most successful captains, winning 36 & losing just 12 of his record 74 Tests in charge. He also led them in 81 ODIs & to two World Cup titles in 1975 & 1979. In the 1975 final he struck 102 off 85 balls. He made his highest Test score of 242* against India in 1975. He was the first West Indian to appear in 100 Tests.
(1978-1991) A fast bowler, he had command of pace, bounce, swing & seam. In 1984 in England he took 35 wickets at an average of 12.65 in the Test series, incl. 7-53 when he bowled with his left-arm in plaster. His Test bowling average was 20.94. In 1982 he took 134 wickets in the first-class season at an average of 15.73. As a lower-order batsman, he scored 7 first-class centuries.
(1974-1991) An outstanding batsman, in 4 tests on the 1976 tour of England he scored 829 runs at an average of 118.42 with 2 double-centuries. He hit test cricket’s fastest century off 56 balls against England in 1986. He was a useful off-spinner & as a fielder affected 3 run outs in the 1975 World Cup final. He captained West Indies in 43 Tests & 108 ODIs. Given a knighthood in 1999.
(1974-1983) A fast bowler who was part of the West Indies fast-bowling attack of the 1970s & 1980s. He had great pace & used the bouncer effectively. He reached 100 wickets in just 19 Tests, taking 32 wickets at an average of 18.28 in his first full series in India in 1974/75. He appeared in all 3 of the West Indies World Cup finals. He made 3 Test fifties in the latter part of his career.
(1954-1974) An all-rounder, he set a then Test record of 365* against Pakistan at Kingston in 1958 & went on to become the leading run-scorer in Tests. In 1968 he became the first batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over in first-class cricket. His best all-round series was in 1966 in England with 722 runs at 103.14, 20 wickets at 27.25 and 10 catches. He captained West Indies in 39 Tests.
(1948-1960) A batsman, he started as a wicket-keeper taking 11 Test stumpings. Later he became a medium-pace bowler & took 11 Test wickets. In 1955 he was the first man to hit 5 centuries in a Test series. He shared one of the highest partnerships in first-class cricket with Frank Worrell when they added 574* for Barbados against Trinidad. He was Chairman of the ICC.
(1948-1958) A wonderful stroke-player all around the wicket. He was the first man to score centuries in 5 consecutive Tests, which he did against England and India between 1948 and 1949. He scored 90 (run out) in his next innings. He achieved the rare feat of scoring five double-centuries in one season on the tour of England in 1950. He was also an excellent fielder anywhere.
(1948-1963) He was a stylish batsman who played with wonderful timing. He could bowl effective left-arm seam or spin. He made his highest Test score of 261 in 1950. He captained West Indies to 9 wins in 15 Tests as well as the famous tie against Australia in 1960. He twice shared world record partnerships of over 500 for the 4th wicket in first-class cricket.