By Ashish Shukla
Kingston (Jamaica): Jun 20, 2011
Former West Indies batsman Lawrence Rowe was on Monday honoured by the Jamaican Cricket Association (JCA) by dedicating a stand after his name at the Sabina Park.
Rowe, better-known for his triple hundred and the world record of a century and a double century in his debut Test, however chose the moment to apologise for his past conduct.
The conduct he was referring was his decision to tour South Africa during the years of the apartheid in 1983 which angered and upset the Jamaican population to the extent that the right-hander had to leave the Caribbean and settle in the United States.
Rowe, now 62, made 2047 runs from 30 Tests at an average of 43.55, including seven centuries. He retired when he was only 31 due to falling eyesight and allergy to grass.
"(The eyesight) was so bad that at that time the pitch appeared 40 feet long. The square seemed as if it was rounded," remembers Rowe.
During his career, Rowe had this peculiar habit of whistling while batting.
"I used to whistle to get my concentration going. I was stopped by the opposition team a few times from whistling."
Rowe was compared to Sir Frank Worrell for his graceful style of batting but he said he never saw the great West Indian cricketer bat.
"I looked up to Sir Garfield Sobers in batting. I never saw Sir Frank Worrell but people compare me to him," he said.