Sir Frank Worrel was the former West Indies Cricket Player. He was also the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team. He has also involved in two 500-run partnerships in first-class cricket. He was a stylish right-handed batsman and also useful left-arm seam bowler. He became very famous in the 1950s due to the captaincy of the West Indies cricket team. His nickname was Tae. His full name was Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell. He was also their most charismatic and influential. He was a strong captain and a uniting force that he will be remembered. Sir Frank was a brave man, and it goes without saying, a great cricketer. He was has a great sportsmanship. He told his batsmen to walk if they were given out. When Gary Sobers appeared to show his dissent with a decision, he reprimanded him. After that, everyone walked as soon as the umpire’s finger went up.
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In 1947 his Mother had moved to New York and his father was away at sea. Worrel had moved to Jamaica. He made his debut for West Indies against England Team in 1947 at Gubby Allen. He made his highest score of 261 against England team in 1959 at Trent Bridge. He was a Wisdom Cricketer of the year for 1951.
After the success full campaign led by C.L.R. James. The white test captaincy was come to end. Then Worrel became the first black captain for West Indies. He played two wonderful series in his career. The first was against Australia in 1960-61. Both captains had played with attacking cricket strategy. The first match ended in a dramatic tie. West Indies lost the series by 2-1. But Worrel had given their best in the series. He gave the very healthy performance on the Australian soil that they were given a large ticker-tape parade in Australia at the end of their tour.
He donated his blood to the Indian captain in 1962, received a career-ending head injury from a bouncer bowled by West Indies fast bowler Charlie Griffith. Worrel became the first player who donate their blood to the injured Contractor to save his life.
After that, West Indies toured England in 1963. From this series, he became very popular.
And he also won this series by 3-1.
After retiring from cricket, Worrel became the warden of Irvine Hall at the University of the West Indies. And then he was appointed to Jamaican Senate by Sir Alexander. He was the supporter of a closer political union between the nations of the Caribbean. He was knighted for his services to cricket in 1964.
He played 51 test matches in his International career. He scored 3,860 with (9 centuries, 22 fifty). His best score is 261 runs. He took 69 wickets in his career and also took 43 catches. In the first-class career, he played 208 matches. He scored 15,025 runs with (39 centuries, 80 fifty). His highest score is 308* runs. He took 349 wickets and 139 catches in his career.
Worrel also managed the team during the tour of Australia in 1964-65 and accompanied the team to India in the winter of 1966–67. It was while in India that he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He was died after a month reporting to Jamaica in 42 years of age. For his memorial services and honor was held in Westminster Abbey. The first time in the history such an honor was granted to a sportsman.
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The Frank Worrell Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Test series between Australia and West Indies in the series of 1960-61.
One of the two Halls of Residence is named after.
One famous ground is also by his named “Sir Frank Worrel Memorial Ground”.
Caribbean Journalist wrote a biography of Worrel.
Worrel was celebrated on the $2 Barbadian stamp alongside Barbados Cricket Ground in June 1988.
In March 2002, the Central Bank of Barbados had issued a limited-edition $5 banknote bearing Worrel likeness.
2007 ICC World Cup in West Indies was starting the Worrel 40th anniversary of his death.
In 2009, the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Blood Drive was begun in Trinidad and Tobago.
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