One of the three Ws to have played for West Indies, Clyde Walcott was an all rounder in the truest sense of the word. He was a batsman par excellence – an average of almost 57 bears testimony to it – a bowler who could bowl part time, and keep wickets regularly.
If this was not enough, after his playing days, Walcott went on to become a match referee, a coach, an administrator and a cricket commentator, something that speaks volumes about his involvement with the game. He turned in as the chairman of West Indian selectors from 1973 to 1988, and the manager of the West Indian team that won the world cups. Later, Clyde Walcott also went on to become the first non white, non English chairman of the ICC. As a batsman, he was a powerfully built man, and very strong off the back foot. Thus, he cut, pulled and hooked deliveries with disdain, with no respect whatsoever for the bowlers.
Unfortunately, he retired very early from cricket – which explains his 44 Tests only – owing to what he claims to be pay disputes, and has also authored a book, that went by the name of ‘Island Cricketers’
- West Indies Vs England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Jan 21, 1948
- Last played:
- West Indies Vs England at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Mar 25, 1960