Sir Frank Worrell, a Barbadian by birth, was included alongside Jamaican legends on the Wall of Honour

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After seeing Jamaica's Wall of Honour, I had wondered why Sir Frank Worrell, a Barbadian by birth, was included alongside Jamaican legends like Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh and Lawrence Rowe . The answer was provided by Amanda Lynch-Foster, who writes for The Nation in Barbados.

She informed me that Worrell had lived in Jamaica for a number of years after leaving Barbados in the 1950s on account of it being too race and class-conscious. Apart from being a senator in Jamaica, Worrell was also instrumental in establishing the region's second great uniting factor, the University of the West Indies. According to Lynch-Foster, who studied on the Mona campus in Kingston herself, Worrell was even hall warden at Irvine Hall on the campus.

As for his cricket, he played for illustrious clubs like Kensington before going to Boys Town in 1960. To go from princes to paupers would have struck most as odd, especially given that Boys Town were based in the notorious Trench Town area where Bob Marley and the Wailers put down their musical roots.

The reason for Worrell's decision can be traced back to 1959, when a car accident claimed the life of Collie Smith, one of the brightest stars of the generation. Today, Boys Town is on Collie Smith Drive, and 40 years after his death from cancer, there's immense pride in the fact that it was Worrell's last club.

Lynch-Foster isn't the only one to enlighten me. While passing the time chatting to a fellow passenger at the airport in Montego Bay, I also discovered that George Alphonso Headley was born in Panama. So much for the wall of honour being for sons of the soil. Then again, why should greatness have parochial boundaries?

Dileep Premachandran is an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo