It’s ‘Sir Wes’: Knighthood for legendary cricketer, public figure, Wes Hall
BRIDGETOWN, June 16, CMC – Wes Hall, the iconic West Indies fast bowler of the 1960s, who went on to become a colourful speaker and figure in public service in government, business and religion, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, the government here announced on Saturday.
At age 74, Sir Wesley, as he is to be styled formally, is to be made a Knight Bachelor for his “contribution to sport and the community” in an 11-year test cricket career that has earned him a place in the West Indies Cricket Hall of Fame as the first West Indian to take a hat-trick in a Test match (dismissing three batsman in successive balls), a feat he achieved against India in his first match in 1958.
In public service after his cricket career ended in 1969, he served as the minister for tourism and sports in the Erskine Sandiford administration in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has been credited for developing the sports tourism industry in Barbados.
He then became an ordained minister in the Pentacostal Church in 1990.
A popular speaker at public and private functions, Sir Wesley has also served West Indies cricket as administrator, from selector to team manager and ultimately as president of the West Indies Cricket Board from 2001 to 2003.
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