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Sir Garfield Sobers

Patron: Sir Garfield Sobers

Cerebral Palsy Sport is honoured to have Sir Garfield Sobers (AO and OCC) as one of our charity Patrons. Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers is also known as Gary or Garry Sobers and is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974. Sir Gary was a highly skilled bowler, an aggressive batsman and an excellent fielder and he is widely considered to be cricket’s greatest ever all-rounder.

Sir Gary was born in Bridgetown, Barbados and made his first-class debut for the Barbados cricket team at the age of 16 in 1953. His Test debut for the West Indies the following year. Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order.

Against Pakistan in 1958, Sir Gary scored his maiden Test century, progressing to 365 not out and establishing a new record for the highest individual score in an innings. His record was not broken until Brian Lara scored 375 in 1994. Sobers was made captain of the West Indies in 1965, a role which he would hold until 1972. He would also captain a Rest of the World XI during their 1970 tour of England.

Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. He has the fifth highest batting average in Test cricket in the list of cricketers with more than 5,000 runs. In his 383 first-class matches, he scored over 28,000 runs and took over 1000 wickets, having spent time with South Australia and Nottinghamshire towards the end of his career.

Sir Gary was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket and he became a dual Barbadian-Australian citizen through marriage in 1980.

In 2009, Sir Gary Sobers was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and he has been a staunch supporter of Cerebral Palsy Sport supporting many of our fundraising events alongside his friend and fellow cricket Basher Hussan.

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Sir Garfield Sobers

Patron: Sir Garfield Sobers

Cerebral Palsy Sport is honoured to have Sir Garfield Sobers (AO and OCC) as one of our charity Patrons. Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers is also known as Gary or Garry Sobers and is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974. Sir Gary was a highly skilled bowler, an aggressive batsman and an excellent fielder and he is widely considered to be cricket’s greatest ever all-rounder.

Sir Gary was born in Bridgetown, Barbados and made his first-class debut for the Barbados cricket team at the age of 16 in 1953. His Test debut for the West Indies the following year. Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order.

Against Pakistan in 1958, Sir Gary scored his maiden Test century, progressing to 365 not out and establishing a new record for the highest individual score in an innings. His record was not broken until Brian Lara scored 375 in 1994. Sobers was made captain of the West Indies in 1965, a role which he would hold until 1972. He would also captain a Rest of the World XI during their 1970 tour of England.

Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. He has the fifth highest batting average in Test cricket in the list of cricketers with more than 5,000 runs. In his 383 first-class matches, he scored over 28,000 runs and took over 1000 wickets, having spent time with South Australia and Nottinghamshire towards the end of his career.

Sir Gary was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket and he became a dual Barbadian-Australian citizen through marriage in 1980.

In 2009, Sir Gary Sobers was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and he has been a staunch supporter of Cerebral Palsy Sport supporting many of our fundraising events alongside his friend and fellow cricket Basher Hussan.

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