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Everton Weekes, Cricket Star and Racial Pioneer, Is Dead at 95

  • July 11, 2020

The Barbados Cricket Association announced Weekes’s death. No cause was specified, but he had been in poor health since having a heart attack last year.

The West Indies cricket broadcaster Tony Cozier wrote of the three Ws in 2015 that “in the fading days of British colonialism, all three broke the longstanding racial barrier of a sport always held as a badge of excellence by the islands of the cricketing Caribbean.”

Worrell was cricket’s nearest equivalent to Jackie Robinson. His appointment in 1960 as the first regular Black captain of the West Indies team ended the monopoly of the region’s white plantocracy. Walcott became, in 1993, the first chairman of the International Cricket Council, the sport’s governing body, who was not from England.

Everton Weekes, who had the poorest background of the three, was born on Feb. 26, 1925, in the Pickwick Gap district of Bridgetown. He was named for his father’s favorite English soccer team, the Everton Football Club of Liverpool. (The English cricketer Jim Laker once told Weekes, referring to Weekes’s father, “Just as well he didn’t support West Bromwich Albion.”) Everton was raised from the age of 8 by his mother after his father went to work in Trinidad.

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