David Holford

Cricket Exchange News : CWI pays tribute to the legend who dies aged 82

David Holford epitomized the values of cricket both on and off the field

Ricky Skerritt, President of CWI said:

“He had a hand in the development of several young players across the region, not just in cricket but in several other fields of endeavour. David’s legacy is, therefore, one of service and dedication to Barbados and West Indies cricket. CWI hereby extends our deepest condolences to his wife, Marva, and all family and friends.”

“David Holford epitomized the values of cricket both on and off the field and was the quintessential West Indies cricketer and ambassador. As a player, he was a top quality allrounder and captain who gave his utmost at all levels. As an administrator, team manager and pitch curator, he demonstrated his ongoing love for the game by his vision and dedication,”

The former West Indies allrounder who passed away on Monday in his homeland Barbados, He was 82

As a leg spinner and lower middle-order batsman who played 24 Test matches between 1966 and 1977. he made a magnificent unbeaten century, as part of a historic partnership of 274 with his cousin Garfield Sobers.

In just his third Test innings, Holford made 105 not out to help save West Indies from the danger of 95-5 in the second innings. His best bowling figures were 5-23 against India in the first innings, which helped set up a victory at Kensington Oval in 1976.

After retirement, Holford held several roles in the game. He was President of the Spartan Club, Director of the Barbados Cricket Association, West Indies Selector and Manager of the West Indies team.

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