“Organizing such an event takes time, extreme energy, and of course, much funding, which is always the bugbear of any cricket event, might it be international or local. ACF pulled it off with aplomb, and while the road ahead would probably be filled with many obstacles and situations to conquer, especially financially, ACF should be extremely proud to have completed its 2015 event so very successfully.” – Colin Croft, former West Indies Test and ODI bowler, commenting on the 2015 ACF Newbery American Cricket Champions League Final in Orlando, FL.
The American Cricket Federation (ACF) is proud to announce that former West Indies pacer Colin Everton Hunte Croft has joined its Honorary Advisory Board. Mr. Croft was part of the West Indies quartet of pace bowling attack in the late 70s and early 80s. The others being the legendary Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and Joel Garner.
Born in Guyana, the 6’ 6” fast bowler named after two legendary West Indies test players – Conrad Hunte and Everton Weekes, played 27 Tests and 19 ODIs for the West Indies, capturing 125 Test wickets and 30 ODI wickets along the way. His record spell of 8 wickets for 29 runs, still stands as the best bowling figures of any West Indies fast bowler. It came at the expense of Pakistan in 1976/77 Test series at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
A commercial pilot with air traffic control experience, Colin Croft was a menace to many batsmen with his fierce bowling spells. Now a broadcaster and cricket commentator, Mr. Croft has penned numerous articles while covering West Indies cricket tours.
ACF Chairman Jagan Jagannathan said, “Having Colin Croft join the growing list of cricket luminaries on the ACF’s Honorary Advisory Board, such as Clive Lloyd, Alvin Kallicharran, Ian Chappell, Michael Holding, Nathan Bracken, Niall O’Brien, Arjuna Ranatunga, Stuart MacGill, Shaun Pollock and others, is testimony to the support received by ACF from the international cricketing community.”
In accepting the invitation to join the ACF’s Honorary Advisory Board, Colin Croft said, “It’s an honor for me to be able to make some tangible contribution to the development of the sport in the USA where I reside for most of the year. I believe the ACF is on the right track to expanding the sport in the US, judging from my own experience at observing the organization’s management of its 2015 National Championship in Orlando, FL last month. I was truly impressed.” The former Lancashire fast bowler, in commenting on the recent ACF Newbery American Cricket Champions League final, added, “I had heard about the American Cricket Federation, a unit that, with the help of some former international cricket luminaries, is trying hard to revamp and streamline the game’s footprint in USA. Little did I know that in a weekend of frolic, reminiscences, fun and serious cricket too, that I would soon not only be fully involved, but enjoying a weekend in Florida like none other before.”
The American Cricket Federation welcomes Colin Everton Hunte Croft to its growing list of cricket luminaries on its Honorary Advisory Board.