Test Cricket Tours - West Indies to India & Pakistan 1974-75
Tour of India
Indies Test tour
Fourth Test-playing tour of India by West Indies
Second Test-playing tour of Pakistan
made a splendid recovery after losing the first two Test matches in the
series.With the Mansur Ali Khan
Pataudi at the helm again, India
beat West Indies in a home Test for the first time in the third Test at Calcutta and again, thanks to her spin bowlers, at Madras.But with everything set up nicely for a
close finish in the deciding final Test match at Bombay,
West Indies annihilated the home side with a
huge total headed by a double century from Lloyd. West
Indies won despite a serious crowd disturbance which threatened
the completion of the match.
There was crowd trouble in
by which time the West Indians were worn out by the arduous travelling and
the constant cricket.The Pakistan series failed to produce a result
only because rioting cost 2½
hours, which left West Indies too little
time to chase their target to win.
Gary Sobers had retired
but skipper Rohan Kanhai remained available for selection. However, the
selectors did not choose him and turned to the younger Clive Lloyd as the new
captain.They wrote expressing their
appreciation of Kanhai’s contribution on eight previous tours.Viv Richards was picked for his first tour
despite having a career batting average only in the 20s, but scored 192 not
out in his second Test appearance.
There was no assistant
manager to enable a physiotherapist to be funded
Clyde Walcott (Chairman),
J K Holt, Joe Solomon with the assistance of new captain
Clive Lloyd, who flew over from England where he was playing
Lloyd was appointed captain on 25 May, and Gerry Alexander as manager and Deryck
Murray as the vice-captain on the same day. This was a month before the tour
party though the post-holders were usually named after the team was
Unavailable:Maurice Foster, Gary
Tour Party Announced :20 June
Not selected :Rohan
Kanhai,Inshan Ali,Raphick Jumadeen.
Time between selection
and departure from West Indies
(20 June- 2 November)
The team left the Caribbean on 2 November 1974.
They flew from London to Bombay,
arriving at Santa Cruz
Airport on 4 November.
For their Sri Lanka tour the team arrived at Colombo’s Katunayeke
Airport (Banderanaike International
Airport) on the
afternoon of Saturday 1 February.They
left BIA on Wednesday 12 February, arriving at Karachi
and flying on to Lahore
on the same day.
Time spent in India, Sri Lanka
(4 November - 7 March)
On-tour selection panel
Clive Lloyd,Deryck Murray, Lance Gibbs, Gerry Alexander (manager).
None.Lawrence Rowe played two matches before
difficulties with his eyesight forced him to leave the tour. He left Bombay on 29 December after a series of eye tests and
flew to London
to have contact lenses fitted. Before the tour was over, he was able to take
practice again back home. "He complained of problems with his eyes.An optician in Poona was unable to diagnose the cause and
Rowe struggled on. Opticians eventually told him that one eye was short
sighted and he flew to London
immediately in a bid to get some specialist advice. There they told him not
to go back to the tour and the decision was made not to replace
him."[Gordon Greenidge Man in the Middle]
Keeping wicket in the dying
stages of the Fifth Test, Greenidge hurt his back whichkept him out of all but one match of the
remaining five weeks.
Won 9 w
WON by 267 r
Board President's XI
WON inns 17 r
Won inns 96 r
LOST 85 r
Won inns 75 r
WON 201 r
Indian XI (Wadekar benefit)
Lost 4 w
Indian XI (Wadekar benefit)
Lost 5 w
Won 8 w
Prime Minister's XI
BCCP Patron's XI
Time spent in India before
First Test: 18
(4 November - 22 November)
Time from end of final Test until departure from Pakistan1 day
scored 93 and 107 on his Test debut (at Bangalore)
and later in Pakistan Len Baichan scored 105* on his first Test appearance
first Test century (192 at Delhi)
including six sixes came on his 2nd Test appearance.
took 32 wickets, the record in the series until 1983-84, including 7-64 at Madras.
• Gibbs took 7
for 98 in India's first
innings at Bombay.
Fredericks scored 100 at Calcutta and 104 at Bombay, but this record was overshadowed by Clive Lloyd
who scored 163 at Bangalore and 242 * at Delhi:a total of 636 runs in the five-Test
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Return to West Indies
The team left Karachi
on 7 March 1975, flying from Karachi to London.
Most of the players went home by way of the route to Seawell Airport, Barbados,
but Barrett arrived at Norman Manley
on 9 March and manager Alexander arrived there on 11 March. He had spent a
few days in London
tying up the loose ends of the tour.
Time away from West Indies
(2 November -9 March)
accounts of the tour
vs West Indies"Sunder Rajan[Jaico Publisher, 1975]
This tour saw the emergence of key players in the great West
Indian sides of the ‘seventies and ‘eighties.