Sir Frank Worrell (1924-1967), one of the legendary 3Ws along with Sir Everton Weekes and Sir Clyde Walcott, is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest cricketers to ever play the game and was even named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1954.
His contribution to the game goes beyond his exploits with the bat and ball, however. In 1960, he became the first black man to be appointed as captain of the West Indies team, a position he held until his retirement in 1963. He has also been credited for encouraging sportsmanship and curbing insularity in the team.
After his retirement from cricket, he served as Warden of the University College of the West Indies and as a senator in Jamaica’s parliament.
In 1964, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the game of cricket.
Sir Frank Worrell died of leukaemia on March 13, 1967 at the age of 42.
The championship trophy for the cricket series between the West Indies and Australia and one of the residences at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus are named in his honour.