He was one of the “Three Ws” – along with Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott – who put Barbados and the West Indies on the map in the 1950s.
Cricket West Indies paid tribute to Weekes, tweeting: “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes. Our hearts are heavy when we mourn the loss of an icon A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes.
Weekes made his Test debut at the age of 22 only during the Caribbean tour of England in 1947-1948.
That same year, he became the first drummer to score five centuries of testing in consecutive innings – a record to date.
The record could have been six consecutive centuries if it had not been exhausted for 90 at Madras.
Weekes’ relatively small stature rarely prevented him from dominating opposition bowling attacks.
Weekes was predicted to continue playing and delivering for the West Indies, and it did.
He ended his career as an international player in 1958 after amassing 4,455 tries at an average of 58.61 and 15 centuries. The weeks average remains in the top 10 career averages for a player with more than 4,000 points.
Race and obstacles
Weekes was born in a world still plagued by systemic and societal racism.
Even after the end of his illustrious playing career, Weekes was discriminated against.
One day of travel, Weekes joined his white teammates for a drink in a Gwelo bar but was informed individually on arrival: “Go out, you know where your bar is.”
Weeks and former Caribbean teammate Rohan Kanhai threatened to drop the tour but stayed after government officials apologized.
The discrimination did not stop there and, even though Weekes was considered a gentle and calm man, he was not afraid to resist racism.
Although denied by officials at the time, a match against a local team in Gwelo – now known as Gweru in Zimbabwe – has been moved from a field in the white zone to a lower quality field in the zone black due to the presence of Weekes and Kanhai. turned side.
A white local approached Bajan before the game, barking: “Say there … Weekes, I know you are going to give us a first class performance, right?” while waving his finger.
The 42-year-old replied, “Well, since this is a second class location, it will be a second class performance.”
Weekes deliberately placed the top edge of his first ball and left without waiting to see if he had been caught.
Weekes suffered a heart attack in June of last year, but rallied to see his 95th birthday in February of this year.
It has been announced that England and the West Indies will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts during the series.