Cricket’s outsiders: Forgotten men of the West Indies
10:15 AM EST, Wed March 6, 2013
'Honorary whites' —
Fast bowler Colin Croft was one of the West Indies players who accepted a place on two "rebel tours" of apartheid-era South Africa in the 1980s. The West Indians were granted "honorary white" status so they could access cricket clubs.
A life-changing decision —
Wicketkeeper David Murray admits that his decision to go to South Africa had a negative impact on the rest of his life. Murray struggled with a marijuana problem and is now looking for work on his home island of Barbados.
The fall of a rising star —
At the age of 23, a promising career lay in wait for Franklyn Stephenson. But the rebel tours were the only chance he got to play for the West Indies. He went on to enjoy a successful first-class cricket career in South Africa and he is widely regarded as the best player to have never officially played for the Caribbean team.
The rebels —
A photograph of the West Indian players during the first "rebel tour" in Johannesburg in February 1983.
The Wanderers Club —
A night match between the West Indies tourists and South Africa at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg in February 1983. The 1982-83 tour ended with South Africa winning the one-day series 4-2 while the "Test" series was drawn 1-1.