ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday April 10, 2015, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has paid glowing tribute to cricket legend Richie Benaud, saying the world has lost an icon of the sport.
Benaud, a former Australia captain and renowned cricket commentator, passed away aged 84, following a prolonged illness.
“On behalf of the Directors, management and staff of the West Indies Cricket Board, let me share our deepest condolences on the passing of Australia legend Richie Benaud to his family and our colleagues at Cricket Australia,” said WICB President Dave Cameron.
“The cricket world is in mourning, as we have truly lost an icon of the sport. To say Richie was revered would be an understatement”.
Benaud, a leg-spinning all-rounder and shrewd, innovative captain, played 63 Tests between 1952 and 1964, leading the Australians on 28 occasions.
He is fondly remembered for his battle of wits with late, legendary West Indies captain Sir Frank Worrell during the 1961 Test series Down Under.
“He will always be remembered as a legend of the game,” said Cameron.
“His on-the-field competitive style and skill were only surpassed by his incredible positive influence off the field, where he also excelled as a television presenter.”