Kallicharran coaching Guyana Youth Cricketers

Cricket with Dalchand Bissoon 

Alvin Kallicharran – the legend comes home.
Alvin Kallicharran – the legend comes home.

Alvin Kallicharran, the former Guyana and West Indies batting legend, has returned to his home country on a short coaching assignment.

The 66-year-old talented left-hander’s coaching stint was facilitated by Guyana Cricket Board (GCB). The board said Kallicharran is coaching the country’s youth cricketers, the Under-15s and Under-17s. He is traveling around Guyana to conduct various coaching sessions until May 4.

During his four-week stint, Kallicharran will be assisted by local coaches and also work with some of Guyana’s senior players.

Kallicharran’s cricketing career began at the youth level as first captain of the Guyana youth team in 1966 and he was the youngest player to make the senior team in the then Regional Shell Shield Tournament.

He made his Test debut for the West Indies against New Zealand in the fourth Test match at Georgetown, Bourda, in April 1972 scoring 100 not out and played his last Test against Pakistan at Multan, Pakistan, in December 1980 to January 1981. In his 66 Test appearances he scored 4,399 runs with 12 centuries averaging 44.43. He also played in 31 ODIs.

He was a member of the West Indies squad that won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979. He also played county cricket in England for Warwickshire from 1972 to 1992 and was involved in playing with Transvaal and Orange Free State in South Africa in the 1980s. He had a brief stint in Australia for the state team Queensland in the 1977-78 season.

The batting legend last year was on a coaching stint in Trinidad & Tobago which was his first visit to the West Indies in 20 years.

In 1983 he was Wisden Cricketer of the Year.