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Full name Alvin Isaac Kallicharran
Born March 21, 1949, Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana
Current age 65 years 164 days
Major teams West Indies, Guyana, Orange Free State, Queensland, Transvaal, Warwickshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||West Indies v New Zealand at Georgetown, Apr 6-11, 1972 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v West Indies at Multan, Dec 30, 1980 - Jan 4, 1981 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v England at Kingstown, Feb 4, 1981 scorecard|
|List A span||1972-1990|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Lashings XI||v Sth Northumb||Gosforth||2 Jul 2008||Other OD|
|1*||Lashings XI||v Ireland||Wicklow||22 Jun 2008||Other T20|
|-||Lashings XI||v DSR Sports Select XI||Leeds||24 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|-||Lashings XI||v The Bunburys||Alconbury||22 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|-||Lashings XI||v Culford School Headmaster's XI||Bury St Edmunds||17 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|0/8||Lashings XI||v Eversley||Eversley||15 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|14||Lashings XI||v Sedbergh School||Sedbergh||25 May 2007||Other|
|-||Lashings XI||v Taunton||Taunton||4 Jul 2006||Other OD|
Proof positive that small can be beautiful in Test cricket. He had poise, balance, orthodoxy, a full range of strokes off either foot, and a bat that because of its size relative to him, appeared far too large to a generation of hapless bowlers. He was at his happiest away from the softer seaming pitches in England however despite his successful seasons with Warwickshire.
What many regard as his finest innings, 158 against England in Port of Spain in 1973-4, was shrouded in controversy. Having made 142, he watched Bernard Julien play the last ball of the first day to Tony Greig at silly point before walking down the pitch towards the pavilion never having returned to his crease from backing up. Greig threw down the bowlers stumps and Kallicharran was given out by Douglas Sang Hue only to be reinstated next morning after the mood of the tour had been soured.
His attempt to join Packer foundered when it was discovered he had contravened a contract with a Queensland radio station but instead took on the captaincy of West Indies in 1977-8 when Clive Lloyd resigned over the Packer issue.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1983
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?