The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has sent sincere condolences to the wife, Marion and sons – Michael and David – of former West Indies batsman and chairman of selectors Michael “Joey” Carew who died recently from a heart attack at the age of 73.
Carew was the WICB’s longest serving selector, having served three terms starting in the 1970s.
“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,” said WICB President Dr. Julian Hunte.
Scores of cricket officials and other former West Indies players turned out for the funeral recently in Port of Spain.
Carew was credited for the success of batting legend Brian Lara, who the former West Indies captain described him as a father.
Lara benefitted from having Carew as a mentor in his formative years.
Carew and WICB secretary Stephen Camacho opened the batting for the West Indies and most notably put on 119 against England at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in l968. Carew made one test century against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland the following year.
He led Trinidad and Tobago with much distinction, becoming the first captain to win back to back Shell Shield titles for the twin island republic.