Four decades after suffering a near-fatal skull injury while ducking to a bouncer in a tour game,former India captain Nari Contractor will visit the Caribbean later this month as a special invitee to witness the formation of blood banks named after the first black West Indian cricket captain,Sir Frank Worrell.
It (1962) was not a happy tour,but Im going there for a cause and will be visiting the various islands. I have not visited them after returning in 1962, said the former left-handed opener whose injury,sustained against West Indian paceman Charlie Griffith,needed a surgical operation and a steel plate to be fitted into his skull. One of the men who donated blood when he was in the hospital fighting for his life was his rival captain Worrell,who himself died of leukaemia five years later.
Contractor is also set to deliver the Frank Worrell Memorial Lecture,probably on cricket and technology,in Barbados. I dont know much about the subject,but I think thats the topic on which I will have to talk, said the former skipper,who is also keen to utilise the opportunity to catch up with West Indian players of his era,including Sir Garfield Sobers,Wesley Hall and Griffith himself.
Contractor said he had already met Griffith,whose delivery action was considered suspect in the 1960s when he visited India as a member of Sobers-led team in 1966-67.