Samuel 'Cecil' Wright: Oldest veteran to announce retirement at 85
Veteran fast bowler from Windies Samuel 'Cecil' Wright has become the oldest man to announce retirement from competitive cricket. He is reportedly set to retire within two weeks, at the extreme age of 85. Wright had previously played just a competitive First-Class match for Jamaica, before moving to England in 1959. In England, he started playing for Crompton in the Central Lancashire League.
About Wright's history as a player, while he played for Jamaica against Gary Sobers and Wes Hall, he also played with other Windies greats like Sir Viv Richards and Joel Garner. Considered one of the great Windies pacers between 1970 to 1980, he has reportedly claimed over 7,000 wickets in a career that has spanned for over 60 years.
Focusing further on his career, he also holds the record of claiming 538 wickets in just five seasons at an average of 27, which itself an astonishing record. On being asked about the reason for his longevity and success, he said, "I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn't tell you what it is."
Speaking on his diet, Wright said that he generally eats everything he wants, rather than maintaining a strict diet. While he avoids training due to his old age, he keeps himself busy in activities to avoid aches and pains. "I don't like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage," he further quoted.
Although Wright never played for the Windies, he has had a glorious career so far playing in England. Nonetheless, he would happily call curtains on his career on September 7, where he would play his final game for Uppermill Cricket Club, in Oldham, against Springhead.