Bridgetown, Barbados, December 2 - Former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Charles Griffith has been knighted in the island’s Independence Honours List.
Griffith was bestowed with the Knight of St. Andrew by the Barbados Government for his contribution to sports, namely cricket, as well for his entrepreneurship, leadership and business development.
Sir Charles played 28 Tests and took 94 wickets at an average of 28.54 between 1960 and 1969. His best figures were six for 36 against England.
In 96 first-class matches, he grabbed 332 wickets at an average of 21.60, having made his debut in 1959.
With his fellow fearsome fast bowling partner and close friend, Sir Wesley Hall, Griffith made a wonderful contribution to the emergence of West Indies as world champions under the leadership of Sir Frank Worrell and the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers.
Born, December 14, 1938 at Pie Corner, St. Lucy, Charles Christopher Griffith was educated at St. Clements Primary School.
He obtained a Diploma in Marketing and Sales from the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity and later became assistant Manager, Marketing and Sales at the Barbados Lumber Company before retiring as acting acting general manager.
Griffith also played with distinction for Empire and is also a former president of the famous Bank Hall club. In addition, he made his mark with the Barbados Cricket League (BCL) as a coach in the early 1970s when the BCL were one of the outstanding teams in the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) First and Intermediate division competitions.
Sir Charles also served as chairman of the Barbados selection selection and is an Honorary Life member and Honorary Life Vice President of the BCA.
He joins a list of outstanding former Barbados and West Indies players who have been knighted - Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Conrad Hunte and Sir Wesley Hall.