The West Indian cricketing great Sir Everton Weekes suffered a heart attack overnight and is currently in intensive care in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Weekes, who turned 94 in February, attended the first Test match between the West Indies and England earlier this year at the Kensington Oval, the famous ground where he and the two other great Ws – Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clive Walcott – are immortalised with a stand.
Weekes began his Test career at the ground against England some 71 years ago and went on to score 4,455 runs, including 15 centuries, at an average of 58.61 – bettered only by eight players in the history of the game.
Later in the same year, 1948, the right-hander scored centuries in five consecutive Test innings – four of those away from home in India – a feat that has still not been matched to the present day. As a result, he also shares the esteemed record, with Herbert Sutcliffe, of being the fastest man to reach 1,000 Test runs.
It has been a difficult week for West Indies fans as the side struggle to make their mark in the World Cup, while news surfaced earlier this week that legend Brian Lara had been admitted to hospital with chest pains. He has since returned to punditry duties with Star Sports.