West Indies cricket legends Sir Learie Constantine and Desmond Haynes were recently inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame, joining a list of 18 West Indies icons that have previously received this prestigious honor.
According to the ICC, the duo was part of a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons into the Hall of Fame “to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket and to coincide with the first ever ICC World Test Championship Final.”
The ICC said the 10 legends of the game to be inducted have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test Cricket and join in an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total number to 103 as a result.
The 10 new inductees were taken from “five eras” of the game as outlined by the ICC.
Sir Learie was one of the players chosen from the Inter-War era, which was defined as players whose contributions to the game from 1918 to 1945, while Haynes belong to the ODI era, which was defined as players whose greatest contributions to the game was from 1971 to 1995.
The late Learie Constantine was an early pioneer of West Indies cricket and an outstanding all-rounder. He was a member of the celebrated team, which played in the first Test match in West Indies history in England in June 1928.
He played 18 Test matches and made an indelible contribution to the sport and the West Indian community at home and abroad.
Haynes was one of the most successful opening batsman in the history of the game and formed a world-famous batting partnership with his long-standing teammate, Gordon Greenidge.
Haynes played 116 matches and made and scored 7,487 runs, including 18 centuries at an average of 42.3. He also made 8-648 runs in 238 ODIs, which included 17 centuries.