Colin Croft

Colin Croft

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Colin Everton Hunte Croft (born 15 March 1953 in Demerara, British Guiana) is a former West Indian cricketer. He provides expert analysis on the British Broadcasting Corporation's Test Match Special.

Cricket career

Croft was part of the potent West Indian quartet of fast bowlers from the late 70s and early 80s. With his height (6'5"), he bowled bouncers and was very aggressive. He was renowned for bowling wide of the crease over the wicket and angling the ball in to right-handers. Croft's figures of 8/29 against Pakistan in 1977 are still the best Test innings figures by a fast bowler from the West Indies.

Rebel Tour

In 1982 Croft accepted a place on the rebel tour of apartheid-divided South Africa, in violation of an international ban on sports tours of the country. The rebel players were granted "honorary whites" status by the South African government to allow them access to all-white cricket playing areas. All the players who took part in the tour were banned for life from international cricket, thus marking the end of Croft's cricket playing career. That ban was effectively lifted in 1989, by both the WICB and the UN. Croft moved to the United States to avoid recriminations at home.

Teaching career

Croft taught Maths at Lambrook Haileybury school in Winkfield, Berkshire, UK from 2007-2008 for one and a half terms. He never coached cricket at the...
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