WICB pays tribute to Marshall on 10th anniversary of his death

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Today, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 marks 10 years since the death of Malcolm Marshall, the Barbados and West Indies cricket legend. Marshall, one of the greatest fast bowlers the game has ever seen, died of cancer on November 4, 1999 in his native Barbados. He was 41.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) pays homage to a man who was a true servant of the game giving his heart and soul; a true ambassador for West Indies cricket playing with pride and passion; a man for all seasons who had a phenomenal cricket brain; and a favourite with cricket lovers all over the world with his warm embrace and friendly smile.

A lot of cricketers all over the world credit Marshall guiding them during the years of their development. He was a mentor and father figure. He brought thousands of fans through the gates and gave them a reason to love this glorious game. He gave us some super-human performances on the field and provided us with memories that we will cherish. He was a major player in the era when West Indies stood supreme on the world stage and helped to maintain the high standards set by those who went before him.

Marshall was former Barbados captain, former West Indies player and coach, and also represented Hampshire in the English County Championship and Natal in South Africa. In 81 Test matches he took 376 wickets and made 1810 runs. In One-Day Internationals he took 157 wickets. In a first-class career spanning three decades, he played 408 matches, making 11004 runs including seven centuries and took a whopping 1651 wickets and an amazing average of 19.10.

He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1983, he was voted among the Top 100 cricketers of the 20th century and was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame earlier this year.