WICB Gives Glowing Tributes To Richie Benaud
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an official statement paid rich tributes to Australian legend Richie Benaud who passed away due to illness on Thursday night.
While praising Benaud’s achievements as a player, WICB President Whycliffe Dave Cameron also hailed the former’s personality and contributions as a television commentator.
“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 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.
“He will always be remembered as a legend of the game.
“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.”
In a career spanning 12 years, Benaud represented Australia in 63 Tests, being captain of the team in 28 of those.
Always a tactical captain with a brilliant ability to read the game, Benaud never lost a Test series as captain of Australia.
While paying glowing tributes to Benaud, the WICB didn’t forget to express their condolences to Benaud’s family on this occasion of grief.
“To his wife Daphne, brother John and the entire Benaud family, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of each other as the days and weeks pass, and may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.”
Benaud’s wonderful duels with West Indies captain Sir Frank Worrell during the 1961 series in Australia is a part of the folklore in both countries.
That Test series produced some of the best matches of that era which also included the famous tied game.
After his retirement in 1964, Benaud shifted his focus to commentary, a profession he was involved in before becoming a cricketer.
Such has been Benaud’s impact in the cricketing world over the past decades as a commentator that he is fondly referred to as the ‘Voice of Cricket’.
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