SIR CLYDE WALCOTT
No young fan of today could appreciate the extent of the excitement that surrounded West Indies' first Test victory on English soil. Sir Clyde Walcott was a member of that multiracial 1950 team and the thrill of it all never dulled for him or any of his contemporaries. (Only Everton Weekes and Sonny Ramadhin remain.) When, almost half a century later, Walcott became chairman of the ICC, based at that same Lord's ground, it rounded off a life full of high achievement. Walcott scored 168 not out in that historic Test and kept wicket while the amazing young spinners Ramadhin and Alf Valentine bowled 231 overs together, 145 of which were maidens, taking 18 wickets against a semi-petrified England line-up that included Len Hutton, Cyril Washbrook and Bill Edrich but lacked Denis Compton. Just enough Caribbean folk mustered at Lord's to bring to the historic match a glorious afterglow.