Oldest active fast bowler, with 7000 wickets in 2 million games, announces retirement
West Indies fast bowler Cecil Wright, who has bagged 7000 wickets in 60 years of career, has finally announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 85. He has announced to retire in two weeks, on September 7, Saturday.
The-not-so-famous fast bowler has played with cricket greats like Vivian Richards and Joel Garner during 1970s and 1980s, but he will never be ranked with them for his international career but in longevity in the game yes he has unquestionably outranked them.
The cricketer, also known as Cec, has played from Jamaica. He had migrated to England in 1959 and here he started representing Crompton Cricket Club locally. He has a son from his English wife Enid.
Playing cricket requires a good stamina and playing it at this ripe age is really extraordinary. However, he has finally decided to bring his career to a halt now.
“Pretty good going,” said cricket Bible Wisden, referring to Wright’s stamina.
“I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn’t tell you what it is,” he told The Daily Mirror, who estimated that he had played in over two million games.
According to AFP, he once attributed his staying power to his love of traditional no frills Lancashire food such as hot pot.
“And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training,” he was quoted as saying.
“I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains.
“I don’t like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage.”