Carew closes innings at 73
PORT-OF-SPAIN – Former Trinidad and Tobago captain and West Indies batsman Michael “Joey” Carew is dead.
Carew, a former chairman of the West Indies selection panel, died at his home in Woodbrook in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital late on Saturday. He was 73.
“We are not too sure of the cause of death, but I think it had something to do with a blocked artery,” said his eldest son Michael Jr, who also played for Trinidad and Tobago.
“We are awaiting the report from the autopsy to get the official cause of death.”
Michael Jr added that the country knew his father as a leader, and he chose to leave as a leader.
“He was a leader, the head of our household, and he would be sadly missed,” said Michael Jr.
“He was the kind of man who would have wanted us to carry on and not sulk over his passing.”
Carew played 19 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 1 127 runs at an average of 34.15. He also took eight Test wickets.
He was the West Indies Cricket Board’s longest serving selector, having served three stints starting in the 1970s.
WICB?president Dr Julian Hunte yesterday sent sincere condolences to Carew’s widow Marion and sons Michael and David.
“The loss of Joey – who remained passionate about the game at all levels until the very end – is one which leaves West Indies cricket poorer,” Hunte said.
“He reached the very top as a cricketer and remained astute and feisty in his assessment of the game and cricketers for the decades he served as West Indies selector, being responsible for selecting some of the greats of the West Indies cricket.”
Secretary to the board of directors, Stephen Camacho who was a close friend of Carew, was saddened.
“Joey was a great friend of mine and his passing is an immense loss to West Indies cricket. He made such a significant contribution not only as a player and captain but most notably as a selector. He was a particularly fine captain and an astute tactician,” Camacho said.
Camacho and Carew opened the batting for the West Indies and most notably put on 119 against England at the Queen’s Park Oval in 1968. Carew made one Test century, against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland the following year.
Carew led Trinidad and Tobago with much distinction, becoming the first captain to win back-to-back Shell Shield titles for the twin-island republic.
World record holder Brian Lara benefited from having Carew as a mentor in his formative years. (CMC/HG)