On 18 July Clive Lloyd reversed his decision to resign
from the West Indies' captaincy, made after having been beaten by India in the
1983 World Cup.
Partly because they stood little chance of gaining a
place in the Test squad, “… dozens of West Indian players turned their backs
on the foreign policy, anti-apartheid positions of their nations in personal
quests to accumulate cash” (Beckles). None of the 'rebel' cricketers who had played
in South Africa the year
before was considered, yet such was the depth of West Indies' playing might
that a normal full-strength side could be sent on this sixth tour of India. The
West Indians not only won the Test series decisively 3-0 but also exacted
revenge for the Prudential World Cup defeat earlier in 1983 by winning all
five of the one-day internationals, and even a one-day benefit match for
During the final Test match
Sunil Gavaskar beat Sir Donald Bradman's world record when he scored his
thirtieth Test century. Earlier, he had become the highest scorer in Tests,
overtaking Geoff Boycott's aggregate. For the West Indians Marshall equalled
the West Indian record for most wickets in a series - 33 - while Holding was
close behind with 30 wickets.
After the Indian section of
the tour, the West Indies party went to Australia
to take part in a triangular one-day tournament with Pakistan and Australia, extending the tour by
a further six weeks.Between September
1983 when they came to India and April 1985 when a series against New Zealand
concluded in the Caribbean, they played 26 Test matches and X one-day internationals
Clive Lloyd, who had on 18
July decided to stay on as West Indies captain, joined Basil Butcher, Jackie
Hendriks and Clyde Walcott for the selection meeting. They met on 22 July in Barbados.
Clive Lloyd was named to lead the tour of India and on to Australia for a one-day series.
But at the end of June he announced his retirement as captain; he had injury
problems and was very disappointed at losing the World Cup final.On 18 July he reversed his decision to step
down and accepted the appointment.
Wesley Hall was named manager
on 23 July.
Simultaneously, the selectors
announced their B team to tour Zimbabwe.
Unavailable: Joel Garner (Barbados)
30 was not considered. He had a nagging shoulder injury and his doctor advised
that he should rest for two months. All players were chosen subject to stringent
All the rebel cricketers who
toured South Africa
in 1982-83 were excluded on principle. They were in any case playing there
again in mid-November.They were
:H L Alleyne, G D Armstrong, R A
Austin, H S Chang, S T Clarke, C E H Croft, A T Greenidge, B D Julian, A I
Kallicharran, C L King, M A Lynch, E H Mattis, D A Murray, A L Padmore, D R
Parry, F D Stephenson, E N Trotman, R R Wynter and the captain L G Rowe.
Tour Party Announced :23 July 1983.
Not selected : Faoud
Bacchus, who subsequently signed a contract to play in South Africa; Thelston Payne
Reserve: The selectors named the
Antiguan and Leicestershire fast bowler George Ferris as cover for Andy Roberts
but, after recovering from an operation on his left knee, Roberts played a
full part in the tour.
Time between selection
and departure from West Indies
(23 July - 28 September)
BridgetownQNew YorkQ Bombay
Barbados played against an
International XI for Gordon Greenidge's benefit fund on 26 September.
The West Indies team embarked
on a six month-long world tour when Wes Hall, Pydanna, Haynes and Davis set
off from Grantley Adams Airport,
28 September (Advocate
issue missing) Malcolm Marshall
missed the flight. Gomes and Logie joined this group from Trinidad;
Richards, Richardson, Roberts and Baptiste joined the same flight.Dujon, Holding and Harper from Kingston joined the group at New York
The team arrived in New Delhi from Bombay on
the night of 30 September, having flown from the West Indies by way of London where Clive
Lloyd joined the team after the 1983 county season. He and Daniel were already in London. Greenidge travelled later and
joined the team in India.
Time spent in India
(30 September - 30? December)
On-tour selection panel
Clive Lloyd, Wesley Hall, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge.
None. Although Andy Roberts passed a fitness test
on his knee, he strained his back at net practice which kept him out of some
matches.Greenidge took the captaincy
against East Zone.
Joel Garner and Richard Gabriel joined the team for
the Benson & Hedges one-day series in Australia. Michael Holding was
captain in the 3rd ODI final when neither Lloyd nor Richards played owing to
Time from end of final Test until departure from India1 day
(29 December - 30?
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R B Richardson
•Greenidge’s 194 at Kanpur
was his highest Test score, adding 152 (with Dujon) and 130 (with Marshall) in two
consecutive stands. Dujon passed fifty four times during the series.
•Clive Lloyd with 103* at New
Delhi and a long innings of 161 not out at Calcutta was the Windies’ top scorer.
•Wayne Daniel had 5-39 in 11 overs at
•Haynes was given out handled the ball at Bombay
•Vivian Richards scored 120 at Bombay
•In his first appearance in the series in
the 5th TestAndy Roberts passed 200
Test wickets bowling Kirmani
•Malcolm Marshall equalled Valentine’s West
Indian record for most wickets in a series - 33 in 1950.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
This tour record excludes the
18 one-day matches on the Australian tour.
Return to West Indies
Greendige (to England)
and Pydanna (to Guyana)
went directly home from India.
Joel Garner, fit again, flew in to Brisbane on 1 January. He and Richard
Gabriel (T & T) joined the team for the Benson & Hedges one-day
series in Australia.
The team left Madras
on New Year's Day 1984 and arrived in Sydney
on 3 January with Mr Rex Fennell, secretary of the Jamaica Board of Control, now
taking the role of assistant manager.
After 18 more matches, including victory in the B
& H series, the tourists finally set off for the Caribbean and home on
Tuesday 14 February, only to start another Test series against Australia
almost as soon as they were home.
Time away from West Indies
(28 September to 15 February)
The West Indians won $54 000 prize money
for winning the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup and $2000 for Joel
Garner as player of the series. The Australian Cricket Board added a $30 000
bonus to appease them after they were convinced that tieing at Melbourne and losing
fewer wickets was enough to win the trophy.