Windies of change: SA cricket needs its own Frank Worrell

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Windies of change: SA cricket needs its own Frank Worrell

People scoff at my optimism that cricket can lead the way. It is possible with the right people

Vince van der Bijl

The West Indies national cricket team is selected from eight different countries spread across the Caribbean, each country fiercely independent with different environments and cultures.

In 1960 Sir Frank Worrell became the first black Windies captain, as the countries emerged from colonial rule. Once appointed, he ended the traditional cliques and rivalries to weld together a team which in the space of five years became the champions of the world.

Worrell had to manage a talented group of individuals including Garry Sobers, Clive Walcott, Everton Weekes and Wes Hall. He was equal to the task as a strong, masterful and courageous captain...

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